Aether Cloud

    Photo: Aether

BEST FOR: City dwellers who like to look good—and rip.

THE TEST: The Cloud is stuffed with a generous amount of PrimaLoft insulation, making it one of the warmest jackets in our test. With no conspicuous logos or doodads adorning the exterior, it’s also impressively sleek: wear it on the streets of Chicago or New York City and no one will know you’re sporting a fully featured ski jacket. Four exterior pockets are cleverly concealed, and the cuffs expand with subtle longitudinal zippers instead of bulky Velcro closures. It ain’t cheap, but it’s made with top-shelf materials and fits and feels like a hand-tailored suit.

THE VERDICT: The inside pocket’s hokey cell-phone ejector notwithstanding, this thing is a work of art.

Versatility: 3
Value: 2.5
Performance: 4

Brand: Aether $625

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