1. An eco-conscious makeover of one of Marmot's most popular pieces for the past 15 years, the redesigned Catalyst won over nearly every tester. An outer polyester fabric kept out blasts of wind, and the soft recycled-polyester liner stayed cozy even while wicking sweat. Our favorite update: Stretch-fabric panels on the sides that increase the jacket's mobility and breathability.
2. The Catalyst is up for anything—testers bagged fourteeners, backpacked in Yellowstone, climbed in Moab, and biked through B.C. in it. It's not waterproof, though its DWR treatment does repel drizzle, and it breathes surprisingly well for such a toasty jacket. We usually wore it by itself in cool weather, but thanks to a trim, athletic cut, it pairs well with a waterproof shell.
3. In addition to being highly versatile and sensibly priced, the Catalyst is also cut from sustainable materials. The face fabric is 100 percent recycled polyester, the warm liner is 80 percent recycled, and the stretchy side panels and shoulder inserts are 88 percent. True, it might not stop global climate change, but it's still a laudable move toward sustainability.
13 oz; $110 marmot.com