Doug Schnitzspahn

Helly Hansen Ekolab - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

GO-TO GREEN Good for Resort The only uninsulated jacket here, the Ekolab is a lightweight hard shell with resort touches like a removable powder skirt and helmet-compatible hood. Not only did it win...

Merrell Carbon – Hard Shell: Reviews

With the hood stowed away in the collar, the Carbon is sleek and stylish enough to blend in downtown (there's even a subtle honeycomb pattern on one side of the back of the jacket for added evening...

Orage Glenn - Soft Shells: Reviews

Good for Resort Two words: Tricked. Out. The Glenn has everything from a removable powder skirt to a headphone port to pit zips. But here's the deal: With the exception of the removable (and...

GoLite Wisp – Hard Shell: Reviews

Soft Shells There's not much here—a half zip, no hood—but that's the point. At three ounces, the Wisp weighs less than a kiwi and scrunches into an integrated stuffsack that fits inside...

Mountain Hardwear Windpack - Daypack: Reviews

HUT CHAMPA two-in-one pack is the smartest choice on a hut trip, and the Windpack is one of the year's best. The main pack's 2,550 cubic inches easily swallowed sleeping bag, clothes, and tequila on...

Patagonia Icefield - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

Good for Backcountry 1. No matter what the weather, the Icefield was ready. The shell—a slightly stretchy, very sturdy ripstop polyester with a waterproof-breathable membrane—shucked off...

Columbia Rapidfire – Hard Shell: Reviews

Soft ShellsWe barely noticed this five-ounce piece in our packs. But when conditions changed, we appreciated every feature, from its chest pocket to its stashable hood. The cut is just generous...

Backcountry Access Squall - Daypack: Reviews

BASIC BAGIf you could turn an old metal lunchbox into a ski pack, it would look like this—a utilitarian, bargain-priced hauler. The 1,647-cubic-inch pack held all the tools we needed for a...

The North Face Triumph - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

SUPER-PACKABLEOn those days when the forecast is for full sun, take the Triumph. Extremely packable and weighing in at an obscene five ounces (a bit more than a bag of potato chips), the Triumph is...

Scapegoat Burnside - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

THE CRUISER Good for Backcountry The Burnside is neither the lightest nor the most technical jacket here, but that's not this crossover shell's point. The two-ply waterproof-breathable polyester...

Sierra Designs Kenosha – Hard Shell: Reviews

Soft ShellsThe soft Cocona-and-polyester lining makes the Kenosha the warmest wind shell here. It proved its mettle on everything from a whale-watching trip in Maine to a 30-mile mountain-bike epic...

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