Doug Schnitzspahn

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...

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...

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...

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...

Crash-Test Dummy

Brad Zeerip knows how risky it is to ski the backcountry alone. which is why he brought an air bag.

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