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The quintessential insulation piece for stop-and-start pursuits in cold weather, the First Light is a stretchy, highly breathable layer built with PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Active. READ MORE
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The quintessential insulation piece for stop-and-start pursuits in cold weather, the First Light is a stretchy, highly breathable layer built with PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Active. Learn More


From routine ski tours to serious alpine routes, the First Light Jacket is the ultimate in lightweight, highly breathable insulation that eliminates the need for constant layering changes. The First Light’s baffled construction features migration-resistant PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Active that not only insulates, but it breathes efficiently during even the most intense aerobic outputs. Combined with a woven mesh lining and weather-resistant Schoeller® shell fabric, the First Light will be the most versatile layer in your kit. The jacket also stows inside its chest pocket and attaches to your harness with an integrated carabiner clip loop.

  • Migration-resistant PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Active
  • Lightweight stretch fabric
  • Underarm gussets for added range of motion
  • NanoSphere® Technology repels water, dirt and oil
  • Baffled construction
  • Low-profile, single-adjust hem
  • Stows in chest pocket with internal carabiner clip loop
  • Minimalist elastic cuffs
  • Two concealed zip hand pockets and one internal stretch mesh pocket
  • Primary fabric is bluesign® approved
  • Fit: Regular
  • Size: S-XL

Tech Specs

Materials :   [Shell] Schoeller® stretch-woven nylon with NanoSphere® Technology (80 gsm, 93% nylon, 7% elastane)
[Insulation] PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Active (60 gsm, 100% polyester]
[Lining] nylon woven mesh (65 gsm, 100% nylon)
Weight :   470 g (16.6 oz)
Country of Origin :   China
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We trust what we make because we use what we make. If for any reason, you’re not 100% satisfied with your Black Diamond apparel, we’ll repair, replace or refund it. No charge. No fine print. No debate. Guaranteed.

First Light Jacket is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent mountain and casual wear Was looking for multi-purpose insulated jacket and this hit the jackpot. While the insulation is bit on the lighter side vs goose down, with a solid windbreaker and couple wool layers, it does the trick. Was at Stowe this past weekend in zero degree weather and with that set of layers, stayed warm enough to only head in for lunch break. For casual street wear, it looks great, I would say it runs a touch long (I'm 5'11" / 190 and bought a large). If you don't mind layering up, its hold up in cold weather, otherwise, I'd recommend goose down in temps below 25-30. I watched my son's lax game last nite in 32 degree weather and was bit chilly, however that is standing still and with only one long sleeve shirt underneath. All in all, a solid, practical and stylish jacket.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for casual or adventure! I have both the hooded and hoodless versions. Both keep me extremely warm for how light it is. I am 5'11" 165lbs and the medium fits perfect.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Jacket Good jacket for the price. Keeps you warm well down in the 20s and isn't bulky. I've worn it under a thin shell snowboarding in the single digits and it preformed well. I'm 5'11" and a large fits with enough room to layer a flannel or light sweatshirt underneath.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely solid jacket I've had this jacket for two weeks and have worn it every day. It is stylish and has a comfortable slim fit when sized correctly. I've used it as a mid layer for downhill skiing (had me too warm by midday) and as an outer layer in moderate snow while cross country skiing. Despite the snow and my sweat saturating this jacket, I never got cold or too warm with only a smartwool crew under it in 20 degree weather. This jacket is highly breathable, more affordable than other synthetics of similar quality, and will continue to be a workhorse for me. I can't wait to see what other abuse I can put it through
Date published: 2019-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not the bulky down jacket of yesteryear. Great jacket for the days when temperatures are in the 20’s in Colorado and not a bulky jacket for days when there is just a chill in the air.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It does not stretch! The jacket is advertised as "stretchy", but there is a catch. Yes, an outer layer does stretch a little, but a liner does not stretch at all. I wear all clothes in medium size and this jacket was tight in shoulders. Overall it seems decently warm.
Date published: 2018-11-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Skinny sleeves, like skinny pants - bad idea! Construction and materials were tops as always from BD. But..., this is a stylish non-functional jacket. Like most manufacturers these days, jackets seem to be being made for urban endomorphs that don't move much. It's a bad idea and I sent it back!
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warmer than it looks! I bought this prior to a ski trip where I knew temps might be chilly. Liked color and justified lack of hood with intention of wearing under a hooded shell. Fit great, loved color, perfect for Nordic skiing with only a T-shirt underneath and alpine skiing in single digits with t-shirt, base, and shell. Pockets (inside and out) fine for me. (also appreciated online and phone support with my selection).
Date published: 2019-01-03
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