Best for wet resorts
For those days when the storms come in so warm that there are puddles on the chairlift, Columbia’s Aerial Arson hard shell has your back, literally: it’s cut long enough to provide a critical panel of protection between you and that soggy seat. Of course, how well it breathes is just as important. While it’s too bulky for sidecountry excursions, the Arson effectively shunts heat thanks to chest vents, pit zips, and Columbia’s Omni-Dry fabric. For colder weather, a space-blanket-like layer of heat-reflecting metallic dots in the liner adds warmth.