Doug Schnitzspahn

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...

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....

Patagoinia Light Smoke Flash - Pants: Reviews

Thanks to tough—and 100 percent recycled—fabric on the rear, knees, and ankle cuffs, these weather-resistant pants can handle everything from ice climbing to bushwhacking. patagonia.com

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...

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

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...

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