BEST FOR: Drier climes.
THE TEST: Because they’re not as noisy or crinkly as hard shells—and because they’re generally stretchier and more breathable—many riders prefer soft shells. The trim, athletic-cut, fleece-lined Avers checks all those boxes. Plus, it’s practically waterproof: the Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric will keep you dry all day, unless you live in the Northwest and ski for hours on end in heavy, wet snow (or, ahem, rain). Inside, we like how comfy the swaths of furry fleece are. Too bad there are no interior pockets (or pit zips, for that matter).
THE VERDICT: Stretchy and moderately breathable: a great choice for sidecountry skiers.