BEST FOR: Alpine pursuits.
THE TEST: Whether hiking or climbing, the ten-ounce Tecto never slowed our testers down. Despite the streamlined fit, the articulation in the shoulders is so well executed that even big reaches on the rock went unrestricted. Extend for that handhold and your wrists stay covered by the narrow, low-profile cuffs. Even when our heart rates spiked, the jacket’s high-end fabric—Gore-Tex Active, Gore’s most breathable material—impressed testers, dumping heat even without pit zips.
THE VERDICT: Some testers bemoaned the lack of pockets (there’s just one tiny one on the biceps), but no one questioned this jacket’s functionality. 10 oz