1. This hybrid jacket uses soft-shell material on most of the body, which gives it a slightly stretchy athletic feel and fit. But because it's seam-sealed and reinforced with waterproof-breathable (hard-shell) nylon panels in strategic placeslike the hood and the tops of the armsthe whole package repels precipitation without getting too steamy.
2. For in-bounds forays, the Kramer has you covered, with an iPod pocket, powder skirt, and pass holder with keeper cord. And because most of the body is lightly insulated, with additional swaths of fleece along the tops of the arms, it kept testers plenty warm despite single-digit temps and high winds in Kicking Horse, British Columbia.
3. Bluebird day, heading out the gate, or just going for a cool-weather hike? Strip away the powder skirt as well as the detachable (and helmet-compatible) hood. Despite ample pit zips, the Kramer is too warm for spring touring or aerobic sprints up the mountain. But it's plenty breathable for mellow boot-packs and more relaxed (or colder-temperature) tours.
1.9 lbs, $330 mountainhardwear.com