Doug Schnitzspahn

Kjus Formula - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

EURO CORE Good for Resort The Formula is the Porsche of this test—damned pricey, just as flashy, but worth every cent. Kjus's designers tossed in everything from an integrated balaclava to a...

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...

C.A.M.P. XLP 290 - Daypack: Reviews

MINIMALISTThis featherweight was designed for rando racers—think running uphill on skis, and then bombing back down—but easy access and minimalist design also made the 290 (as in grams)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Powderhorn Gunpowder - Soft Shells: Reviews

Good for Resort It may look like it schussed in from the eighties ski flick Hot Dog… The Movie, but with all the resort-friendly features—like pit zips and a powder skirt—the Gunpowder...

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