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    Best Women's Jackets

    For running, hiking, biking, climbing, and everything in between. 

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    Millet Whymp WDS

    Fact: women shed heat faster than men. That's why we loved the Whymp ($250) soft shell, made with stretchy, tough, and fully windproof Gore Windstopper X-Fast. We never overheated during heavy exertion and never had to add a layer when we stopped for a break. As one tester said, "This is the perfect jacket for fast ski tours on cold days."

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    Icebreaker Helix Hood

    Move over, down. Stuffed with merino wool salvaged from the floors of Icebreaker's New Zealand factories, the water-resistant and breathable Helix ($285) kept us toasty even when we got soaked by an unexpected spring storm. A woven merino liner means no clamminess.

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    Volcom Pika Down

    The flashy gold lining feels a little Gaga, but hey, it's a snowboarding jacket. Besides, the Pika ($360) earns it with thoughtful details like hand-warmer pockets and a suede chin guard. Inside, it's stuffed with 600-fill down for extra plushness.

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    PrAna Lily

    Sure, the cape-shaped Lily ($170) with sleeve-length ribbed cuffs was designed more for nights on the town than days playing outside, but the wool-synthetic blend, quilted lining, and 60 grams of synthetic fill kept us warmer than many technical jackets.

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    Black Diamond Cold Forge

    Black Diamond noticed that we've been coveting our boyfriends' jackets. This fall, a year after introducing its men's apparel, BD released the Cold Forge ($349)—a puffy packed with a combination of goose-down feathers and synthetic fibers. The parka-style piece doesn't pack down very small, but it's one of the warmest jackets we've tested.

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    Arc'teryx Scimitar

    A true expedition jacket cut from Gore-Tex's top-shelf Pro Shell fabric, the Scimitar ($550) fended off a winter's worth of wet snow and brushes with bark. Testers loved the ergonomic cut, especially the ease of movement through the arms. Designed to fit over a base layer and hoodie.

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