The North Face Makalu

The North Face Makalu     Photo: Courtesy of The North Face

ALL-CONDITIONS KING
Part lightweight, supple storm shell, part midweight PrimaLoft-insulated sweater, THE NORTH FACE MAKALU proved itself on a mixed-conditions hike of 14,064-foot Humboldt Peak, in Colorado—cool and breathable enough on the windy summit push, warm enough on the chilly way down, and dry on the rainy hike out. With our feet up at camp, the Makalu stayed comfortable into the low forties, but it's built loose enough to slip over toastier midlayers (or stouter frames). And if you're like some of our testers and you prefer a minimal design (there are no interior pockets or powder skirt), it can double as your resort jacket. $249; thenorthface.com

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