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Helly Hansen Ekolab - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

Helly Hansen Ekolab - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

GO-TO GREEN Good for Resort The only uninsulated jacket here, the Ekolab is a lightweight hard shell with resort touches like a removable powder skirt and helmet-compatible hood. Not only did it win...

Columbia Rapidfire – Hard Shell: Reviews

Columbia Rapidfire – Hard Shell: Reviews

Soft ShellsWe barely noticed this five-ounce piece in our packs. But when conditions changed, we appreciated every feature, from its chest pocket to its stashable hood. The cut is just generous...

Aigle Shems – Midweight Jackets: Reviews

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Aigle Shems – Midweight Jackets: Reviews  With a soft fleece interior and warm, durable merino wool/nylon exterior, this jacket combines our favorite fabrics in one versatile top. 1.9 lbs;...

Mountain Hardwear Windpack - Daypack: Reviews

Mountain Hardwear Windpack - Daypack: Reviews

HUT CHAMPA two-in-one pack is the smartest choice on a hut trip, and the Windpack is one of the year's best. The main pack's 2,550 cubic inches easily swallowed sleeping bag, clothes, and tequila on...

Dakine Pro 2 - Day Backpacks: Reviews

Dakine Pro 2 - Day Backpacks: Reviews

FREERIDER'S DELIGHTIt's tough to find a backcountry pack that carries skis as well as a snowboard, but the 1,600-cubic-inch Pro 2 excels at both. An easy-to-use retract­able-cable system can...

Patagonia Icefield - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

Patagonia Icefield - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

Good for Backcountry 1. No matter what the weather, the Icefield was ready. The shell—a slightly stretchy, very sturdy ripstop polyester with a waterproof-breathable membrane—shucked off...

Sierra Designs Kenosha – Hard Shell: Reviews

Sierra Designs Kenosha – Hard Shell: Reviews

Soft ShellsThe soft Cocona-and-polyester lining makes the Kenosha the warmest wind shell here. It proved its mettle on everything from a whale-watching trip in Maine to a 30-mile mountain-bike epic...

Powderhorn Gunpowder - Soft Shells: Reviews

Powderhorn Gunpowder - Soft Shells: Reviews

Good for Resort It may look like it schussed in from the eighties ski flick Hot Dog… The Movie, but with all the resort-friendly features—like pit zips and a powder skirt—the Gunpowder...

Scapegoat Rosti - Rain Jackets: Reviews

Scapegoat Rosti - Rain Jackets: Reviews

HIGH-PERFORMANCE HIPSTERNewcomer Scapegoat absolutely nailed "performance casual" with the Rosti, which instantly felt like an old favorite. It's ideal for resort cruising and sidewalk surfing. On...

Backcountry Access Squall - Daypack: Reviews

Backcountry Access Squall - Daypack: Reviews

BASIC BAGIf you could turn an old metal lunchbox into a ski pack, it would look like this—a utilitarian, bargain-priced hauler. The 1,647-cubic-inch pack held all the tools we needed for a...

The North Face Triumph - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

The North Face Triumph - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

SUPER-PACKABLEOn those days when the forecast is for full sun, take the Triumph. Extremely packable and weighing in at an obscene five ounces (a bit more than a bag of potato chips), the Triumph is...

Scapegoat Burnside - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

Scapegoat Burnside - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

THE CRUISER Good for Backcountry The Burnside is neither the lightest nor the most technical jacket here, but that's not this crossover shell's point. The two-ply waterproof-breathable polyester...

Mammut Verglas – Soft Shell: Reviews

Mammut Verglas – Soft Shell: Reviews

The most breathable soft shell here, the Verglas was our favorite jacket for high-energy excursions. Whether testers were climbing or simply riding their bikes home from work, they were impressed...

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