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Cloudveil Hoback - Expedition Weight: Reviews

Cloudveil Hoback - Expedition Weight: Reviews

IGNORE THE FORECAST Good for Resort The Hoback is our favorite fully insulated ski jacket. The incredibly light Gore-Tex Pro Shell exterior is as waterproof and breathable as shells get, repelling...

Arc'teryx Venta LT – Soft Shell: Reviews

Arc'teryx Venta LT – Soft Shell: Reviews

Technically, the streamlined Venta LT is a soft shell. But because most of the jacket (the shoulders, arms, and back) is cut from highly water-resistant fabric—Gore's best Windstopper stuff...

Patagonia Reconnaissance - Soft Shells: Reviews

Patagonia Reconnaissance - Soft Shells: Reviews

Good for Resort Resort jackets used to come in two varieties: There were the big, bulky numbers designed to keep you warm on the chairlift, and there were the lightweight shells you could take into...

Millet Langtang GTX - Rain Jackets: Reviews

Millet Langtang GTX - Rain Jackets: Reviews

SOFT BUT BURLYYou know you have a winner when testers argue over who gets to wear it. Such was the squabbling over the Langtang, which, despite being cut from Gore-Tex Soft Shell fabric, performs...

Millet Touring Hoodie - Soft Shells: Reviews

Millet Touring Hoodie - Soft Shells: Reviews

BEST IN BAD WEATHERThe Touring Hoodie is fashioned completely from Polartec Powershield, a time-tested fabric that still provides one of the best combinations of stretchiness, breathability, and...

Cloudveil Koven Plus - Rain Jackets: Reviews

Cloudveil Koven Plus - Rain Jackets: Reviews

1. This is simply the most adapt-able winter-specific storm shell we tested. The key is Schoeller's new waterproof-breathable fabric with c_change technology, a membrane with a polymer structure that...

Rab Pinnacle - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

Rab Pinnacle - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

NO MORE OVERHEATINGBreathability can be a bugger to gauge. But of the 30-odd hard shells we tested, the Pinnacle, from British newcomer Rab, let the moisture out better than the rest. Credit the...

Osprey Exos 46 – Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

Osprey Exos 46 – Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

1. We've tested overnight packs this big and light before, but none as stable as the 2.3-pound, 2,800-cubic-inch Exos 46. The usual ultralight materials and buckles are in play, but it's the...

Westcomb Rampage HX - Rain Jackets: Reviews

Westcomb Rampage HX - Rain Jackets: Reviews

HARD CHARGERConsider this category-defying hybrid a soft storm shell. Waterproof-breathable eVent on the shoulders, arms, and hood keeps you dry, while the seam-taped and NanoSphere-treated Schoeller...

Outdoor Research Avido - Soft Shells: Reviews

Outdoor Research Avido - Soft Shells: Reviews

SUMMER-WEIGHT CHAMPMeet our new warm-weather favorite. The track-suit-inspired Avido was a godsend in the middle of summer when we didn't want to stuff a full-on rain shell in our packs but then got...

Deuter Futura Pro 42 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

Deuter Futura Pro 42 - Weekend Backpacks: Reviews

STAY ORGANIZEDWe were all impressed with how well the Futura Pro carries a full load, but it was our anal-retentive testers who were most partial to this feature-laden, everything-has-its-place pack...

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