Outdoor Research Centrifuge

Outdoor Research Centrifuge jacket

Outdoor Research Centrifuge jacket     Photo: Courtesy of Outdoor Research

THE SELL: A soft-shell-and-fleece-shirt hybrid for endeavors that spike your heart rate. THE TEST: The most breathable jacket in our review, the Centrifuge is ideal for winter running and nordic skiing. Wind bounced off its soft-shell front face, while body heat bled out through fleece back panels. It’s super-stretchy and fits close—even the hood molds like a second skin. Testers raved about the off-center front zipper, which swerves right at the neck to position a comfy, breathable panel against the wearer’s mouth. While it’s excellent for high output, look elsewhere if you need full protection from the elements. THE VERDICT: A great deal on a piece for getting aerobic in the snow. 14 oz

Breathability: 5
Weatherproofness: 2

Brand: Outdoor Research $125

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