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The Best Après Jackets of 2016

The Best Après Jackets of 2016

We love high-performance outerwear (see our lists of the best resort and backcountry jackets of the year). But we also love the street-smart looks of these hoodies, shakets, and midlayers, which make them ideal for urban adventures once the ski and snowboard boots come off. 

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Berghaus VapourLight Hydroloft Reversible Hoody 

Most reversibles give you two distinct styles and not much else. Not so the eight-ounce VapourLight. Wear the dual-tone fabric on the outside for increased wind protection, or flip it around for a bump in breathability. Perfect for high-output bike commuting or hiking the steeps. 

Price $220

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Fjällräven Ovik 3 in 1 

The Ovik is the warmest jacket here, with a detachable down-blend puffy liner tucked under a recycled-polyester and cotton shell that’s weather resistant but not waterproof. Adjustable hem and cuffs combine with an elastic collar to keep the heat in on cold days. Come spring we split it up, using the insulated piece on early-morning hikes and the light outer layer for kicking around town. 

Price $450

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Kitsbow Alpha Snap 

Leave it to Bay Area–based, style-conscious Kitsbow to make a shacket we actually want to wear. The Snap is formfitting with a subdued style: the only flourish is the color blocking on the elbows and forearms, where the designers added extra-durable fabric. Breathable Polartec Alpha insulation makes it much warmer than it looks.

Price $389

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REI Stratocloud 

The Stratocloud boasts features found on jackets costing twice as much. Take the PrimaLoft Silver Down Blend insulation, a mix of ultrafine synthetic and natural fill; the water-resistant nylon exterior, which stands up to howling winds and light drizzles; and the articulated stretch cuffs. But we really knew this was a sweet rig when our tester refused to give it back.

Price $179

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United by Blue Drummond 

For most guys, vests are flair enough. Which is why we appreciate the simplicity of the Drummond. It’s got some solid technical bona fides, too: a wool and recycled-polyester shell insulated with 500-fill duck down keeps you toasty, while a snap-button flap over the chest zipper blocks snow. The chambray liner is soft enough to wear against bare skin (but please don’t). 

Price $158

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Aether Northerner 

It’s built for the city, but thanks to its PrimaLoft Gold synthetic insulation, this jacket is still warm enough for the mountains. Testers liked the abundance of pockets (nine), while the chilled-out matte finish and refreshing lack of logos made it an après go-to. 

Price $395

The Best Resort Jackets of 2016

Ski jackets have long benefited from trickle-down technology: the features developed for serious backcountry shells work just as well when you’re huddled on a wet chairlift. This year there are more excellent options than ever. To whittle our initial list down to these seven, we spent a season skiing both sides of the ropes in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We tried jackets with everything from an aerogel fill, developed by NASA and said to be the best insulator ever made, to a new design that features overlapping down baffles. The difference between enjoying a powder day and warming up in the

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The Best Running Jackets of 2016

These six reflective jackets will help you log miles—safely—by trail or road.    Photo: Brooks Brooks Bolt Thicker and more insulating than the other shells here, the Bolt showed legit wind and water resistance, although it was a bit stiffer and heavier than the other options—best suited for easy cold-weather runs. The hem cinch and media pouch tucked into the zippered pocket are nice touches.  Price $140 Weight 13.6 oz   Photo: The North Face The North Face Ultra Lite Waterproof If you haven’t yet known the well-ventilated glory of a short-sleeve waterproof jacket, start here. Slim, pocket compressible, and supple, the Ultra Lite

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The Best Backcountry Jackets of 2016

There’s been a lot of upheaval in this category recently. The race to create the lightest, most breathable—but still bomber—jacket has destroyed longstanding paradigms. The lines that once divided soft and hard shells have blurred so much, they’re all but gone. Waterproof down has gone from pipe dream to commonplace, while new lightweight synthetic insulations keep you warm on the coldest days. Now, in another leap forward, mad-scientist engineers are using surprising new materials like corn (that’s right, corn) and rain-shedding wool. The upshot? There are more high-quality jacket options than we ever thought possible.   Photo: Outdoor Research Outdoor

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The Best Women’s Jackets of 2016

From running to skiing to après-ing, these six power players will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable—no matter the conditions.   Photo: Showers Pass Showers Pass Rogue Hoodie  Like a highly functional iteration of your favorite sweatshirt, the Rogue bridges the urban-technical divide. A cozy fleece lining is encased in a waterproof-breathable exterior, while commuter-friendly elements like reflective trim, a loop for hanging a light, and a helmet-compatible hood make it ideal for winter bike rides. Price $175   Photo: Faction Skis Faction Harper Aerogel  The Harper is one of the first jackets to incorporate NASA-developed aerogel, a super-lightweight insulation that’s a fraction of the

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