Doug Schnitzspahn

Arc'teryx Sentry - Soft Shells: Reviews

Good for Resort It's the love child of a high-end mountaineering jacket and a toasty resort parka! Combining Gore's most durable waterproof-breathable fabric, Pro Shell, with PrimaLoft's top-of-the-...

Mountain Hardwear Escape - Rain Jackets: Reviews

THE CLASSICIf Toyota made a jacket, it would be a lot like the Escape: solid performance, great value. Made of Gore-Tex Performance Shell (the new name for the classic two-layer waterproof-breathable...

Helly Hansen Current - Soft Shells: Reviews

CAN TAKE A BEATINGThis past fall, we sent three Boulder-based climbers to Moab's Castleton Tower with half a dozen soft shells to test. And after a week of shimmying up tight sandstone chimneys and...

Nau Shelter - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

STYLE AND PERFORMANCEBeauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but our testers were unanimous: Thanks to its sleek design and refreshing lack of logos, the Shelter is the best-looking shell in the...

REI Shuksan - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

MINIMALIST PERFORMER Good for Backcountry Like the Marmot (near left), the waterproof-breathable Shuksan was a tester favorite among all-season jackets. True, this pared-down shell has no winter-...

Mountain Hardwear Offwidth – Soft Shell: Reviews

Climbing. Hiking. Backpacking. We knew the Offwidth was a winner when every tester filled out the "best for" line of our test card differently. True, it isn't the most breathable or element-resistant...

Westcomb Flow FX Hoody - Soft Shells: Reviews

Good for Resort "It's like you're wearing a Muppet," one tester said of the Flow's ridiculously plush fleece lining. This jacket—the warmest here—is what you want if you're heading...

Marmot La Grave - Rain Jackets: Reviews

MOST VERSATILENew Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric, which is lighter, more comfortable, and more durable than the company's former top-of-the-line stuff (XCR), is one of the season's standout innovations....

MontBell Thunderhead - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

LIGHT BUT TOUGHLike a clever fighter capable of KO'ing guys with considerably more heft, the Thunderhead offers protection that belies its light weight. That's because it's cut from Gore's best stuff...

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

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

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

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...

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