Doug Schnitzspahn

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...

Scapegoat Rosti - Rain Jackets: Reviews

HIGH-PERFORMANCE HIPSTERNewcomer Scapegoat absolutely nailed "performance casual" with the Rosti, which instantly felt like an old favorite. It's ideal for resort cruising and sidewalk surfing. On...

Backcountry Access Squall - Daypack: Reviews

BASIC BAGIf you could turn an old metal lunchbox into a ski pack, it would look like this—a utilitarian, bargain-priced hauler. The 1,647-cubic-inch pack held all the tools we needed for a...

The North Face Triumph - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

SUPER-PACKABLEOn those days when the forecast is for full sun, take the Triumph. Extremely packable and weighing in at an obscene five ounces (a bit more than a bag of potato chips), the Triumph is...

Scapegoat Burnside - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

THE CRUISER Good for Backcountry The Burnside is neither the lightest nor the most technical jacket here, but that's not this crossover shell's point. The two-ply waterproof-breathable polyester...

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...

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