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 with the Verglas's vast comfort range. Credit the thumb loops, hood, and a woven nylon fabric that's treated with ColdBlack technology, which imparts the UV-reflective properties of white fabric to dark colors (i.e., they don't absorb UV rays and heat up in the sun). Sounds gimmicky, but the consensus was that it actually works. The jacket is also coated with NanoSphere, a stain-resistant coating that was impervious to everything from syrup to ketchup. 18 oz; mammut.com
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