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    Best Women's Jackets

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

    Meaghen Brown

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    Marmot Nanowick

    BEST FOR: Moving Quickly

    Most wind shells tend to get clammy and clingy when you overheat ’em. The Nanowick ($125) keeps its cool longer, thanks to a fancy quick-drying liner that wicks moisture away from your skin better than just about any other material we’ve tested. 3.5 oz

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    The North Face Verto Storm

    BEST FOR: Emergency Layering

    Hard shells this element-proof often weigh twice as much as the Verto Storm ($200). What’s the catch? The polyurethane-coated fabric is tissue thin and not quite as breathable as jackets with top-shelf membranes, but you get 90 percent of the performance at half the weight. 5.9 oz

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    Helly Hansen Odin Moon Light

    BEST FOR: Versatility

    The Moon Light ($200) is the ultimate all-purpose hard shell. It’s not as wispy as the North Face or as perfectly tailored as the pricier Arc’teryx, but it was our go-to jacket for everything from watching soccer games on windy days to hiking fourteeners. Nice touch: the chest pocket is just big enough to hold a point-and-shoot camera. 10.6 oz

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    Oiselle Flyer

    BEST FOR: Running

    The best running jackets are the ones you barely notice. And Oiselle’s stretchy, wind- and water-resistant Flyer ($160) might be the closest to undetectable we’ve ever seen. It’s tough enough to work as an emergency layer on long mountain runs and cute enough to wear around town. 3.5 oz

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    Patagonia Simple Guide

    BEST FOR: Fast-Changing Weather

    Spring skiing or running in cold weather. Hiking or climbing or biking to work in cool weather. This lightweight, water-resistant soft shell ($149) did it all, striking the perfect balance between breathability and protection from the elements. Testers especially loved the brimmed, helmet-compatible hood. 16.8 oz

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    Arc'teryx Beta LT Hybrid

    BEST FOR: Long, Wet Days

    Testers had one word for this packable, waterproof-breathable jacket ($350): graceful. Perfectly sculpted with an athletic fit, it moves with you regardless of activity. The Gore-Tex PacLite fabric is reinforced in all the right places, and thanks to a well-designed collar and hood, it’s capable of holding off hours of hard rain. 12.3 oz

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