Doug Schnitzspahn

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...

Marmot Troll Wall - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

MR. VERSATILITY Good for Backcountry Looking for something you can backpack in all summer and then ski in come winter? The Troll Wall is your jacket. Simply detach its powder skirt and you've got a...

Mammut Verglas – Soft Shell: Reviews

The most breathable soft shell here, the Verglas was our favorite jacket for high-energy excursions. Whether testers were climbing or simply riding their bikes home from work, they were impressed...

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...

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....

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...

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