Doug Schnitzspahn

Arc'teryx Sentry - Soft Shells: Reviews

Arc'teryx Sentry - Soft Shells: Reviews

Good for Resort It's the love child of a high-end mountaineering jacket and a toasty resort parka! Combining Gore's most durable waterproof-breathable fabric, Pro Shell, with PrimaLoft's top-of-the-...

Mountain Hardwear Escape - Rain Jackets: Reviews

Mountain Hardwear Escape - Rain Jackets: Reviews

THE CLASSICIf Toyota made a jacket, it would be a lot like the Escape: solid performance, great value. Made of Gore-Tex Performance Shell (the new name for the classic two-layer waterproof-breathable...

Helly Hansen Current - Soft Shells: Reviews

Helly Hansen Current - Soft Shells: Reviews

CAN TAKE A BEATINGThis past fall, we sent three Boulder-based climbers to Moab's Castleton Tower with half a dozen soft shells to test. And after a week of shimmying up tight sandstone chimneys and...

Nau Shelter - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

Nau Shelter - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

STYLE AND PERFORMANCEBeauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but our testers were unanimous: Thanks to its sleek design and refreshing lack of logos, the Shelter is the best-looking shell in the...

Marmot Troll Wall - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

Marmot Troll Wall - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

MR. VERSATILITY Good for Backcountry Looking for something you can backpack in all summer and then ski in come winter? The Troll Wall is your jacket. Simply detach its powder skirt and you've got a...

Mountain Hardwear Offwidth – Soft Shell: Reviews

Mountain Hardwear Offwidth – Soft Shell: Reviews

Climbing. Hiking. Backpacking. We knew the Offwidth was a winner when every tester filled out the "best for" line of our test card differently. True, it isn't the most breathable or element-resistant...

Westcomb Flow FX Hoody - Soft Shells: Reviews

Westcomb Flow FX Hoody - Soft Shells: Reviews

Good for Resort "It's like you're wearing a Muppet," one tester said of the Flow's ridiculously plush fleece lining. This jacket—the warmest here—is what you want if you're heading...

Marmot La Grave - Rain Jackets: Reviews

Marmot La Grave - Rain Jackets: Reviews

MOST VERSATILENew Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric, which is lighter, more comfortable, and more durable than the company's former top-of-the-line stuff (XCR), is one of the season's standout innovations....

MontBell Thunderhead - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

MontBell Thunderhead - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

LIGHT BUT TOUGHLike a clever fighter capable of KO'ing guys with considerably more heft, the Thunderhead offers protection that belies its light weight. That's because it's cut from Gore's best stuff...

REI  Shuksan - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

REI Shuksan - Hard Shell Jackets: Reviews

MINIMALIST PERFORMER Good for Backcountry Like the Marmot (near left), the waterproof-breathable Shuksan was a tester favorite among all-season jackets. True, this pared-down shell has no winter-...

Cloudveil Hoback - Expedition Weight: Reviews

Cloudveil Hoback - Expedition Weight: Reviews

IGNORE THE FORECAST Good for Resort The Hoback is our favorite fully insulated ski jacket. The incredibly light Gore-Tex Pro Shell exterior is as waterproof and breathable as shells get, repelling...

Arc'teryx Venta LT – Soft Shell: Reviews

Arc'teryx Venta LT – Soft Shell: Reviews

Technically, the streamlined Venta LT is a soft shell. But because most of the jacket (the shoulders, arms, and back) is cut from highly water-resistant fabric—Gore's best Windstopper stuff...

Patagonia Reconnaissance - Soft Shells: Reviews

Patagonia Reconnaissance - Soft Shells: Reviews

Good for Resort Resort jackets used to come in two varieties: There were the big, bulky numbers designed to keep you warm on the chairlift, and there were the lightweight shells you could take into...

Millet Langtang GTX - Rain Jackets: Reviews

Millet Langtang GTX - Rain Jackets: Reviews

SOFT BUT BURLYYou know you have a winner when testers argue over who gets to wear it. Such was the squabbling over the Langtang, which, despite being cut from Gore-Tex Soft Shell fabric, performs...

Pages