Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of GearJunkie.com. As a journalist and a former writer for the New York Times, Regenold created "The Gear Junkie" in 2002 as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column. Regenold lives in Minnesota and travels to test gear, climb, bike, and adventure race around the planet.
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The Winter Blur has all the comforts we've come to expect from full-featured ski jackets.
The Patrol Hoody holds up reasonably well to rough weather and looks dapper enough for a night on the town.
The Ghost Whisperer is built for both the alps and the urban outdoorsman.
The versatile Rambler Reversible is ideal for kicking around town or collecting firewood in the forest.
The Diplomat jacket is sheik but can also stand up to a blizzard.
The loose-fitting Bomb Pop provides total freedom of movement on the slopes and in the air.
For an all-season, do-everything hard shell, you can't do much better than the Shift LT.
The Polar Hooded is great for start-stop activities on cold days.
The PhD SmartLoft Divide will allow any intrepid traveler to move quickly in cold weather.
Winter campers would do well to check out the Gnar Lite.