The Best Backcountry Jackets of 2015

Outerwear is a hotbed of innovation these days. Breathability, waterproofness, and insulation are attributes that now come in hard shells, soft shells, hybrids, and even puffy jackets. Hard shells can have serious stretch, and most don't crinkle anymore. Today's top-of-the-line Gore-Tex jacket might breathe better than your soft shell of yore. We looked at 50 pieces, analyzing function, comfort, weight, and intended use, no matter the membrane or jacket type. Price was more important than ever, too, so we included multiple sub-$300 picks.

Stephen Regenold and Sean McCoy

(Inga Hendrickson)

Outerwear is a hotbed of innovation these days. Breathability, waterproofness, and insulation are attributes that now come in hard shells, soft shells, hybrids, and even puffy jackets. Hard shells can have serious stretch, and most don't crinkle anymore. Today's top-of-the-line Gore-Tex jacket might breathe better than your soft shell of yore. We looked at 50 pieces, analyzing function, comfort, weight, and intended use, no matter the membrane or jacket type. Price was more important than ever, too, so we included multiple sub-$300 picks.

Stephen Regenold and Sean McCoy

winter buyers guide winter buyers guide 2015 gear of the year outside outside magazine outside online backcountry backcountry jackets skiing jackets best jackets patagonia nano-air hoody dynafit bergans mountain hardwear outdoor research eddie bauer la sportiva
(Inga Hendrickson)


winter buyers guide winter buyers guide 2015 gear of the year outside outside magazine outside online backcountry backcountry jackets skiing jackets best jackets patagonia nano-air hoody dynafit bergans mountain hardwear outdoor research eddie bauer la sportiva
(Inga Hendrickson)


winter buyers guide winter buyers guide 2015 gear of the year outside outside magazine outside online backcountry backcountry jackets skiing jackets best jackets patagonia nano-air hoody dynafit bergans mountain hardwear outdoor research eddie bauer la sportiva
(Inga Hendrickson)


winter buyers guide winter buyers guide 2015 gear of the year outside outside magazine outside online backcountry backcountry jackets skiing jackets best jackets patagonia nano-air hoody dynafit bergans mountain hardwear outdoor research eddie bauer la sportiva
(Inga Hendrickson)


winter buyers guide winter buyers guide 2015 gear of the year outside outside magazine outside online backcountry backcountry jackets skiing jackets best jackets patagonia nano-air hoody dynafit bergans mountain hardwear outdoor research eddie bauer la sportiva
(Inga Hendrickson)


winter buyers guide winter buyers guide 2015 gear of the year outside outside magazine outside online backcountry backcountry jackets skiing jackets best jackets patagonia nano-air hoody dynafit bergans mountain hardwear outdoor research eddie bauer la sportiva
(Inga Hendrickson)


winter buyers guide winter buyers guide 2015 gear of the year outside outside magazine outside online backcountry backcountry jackets skiing jackets best jackets patagonia nano-air hoody dynafit bergans mountain hardwear outdoor research eddie bauer la sportiva
(Inga Hendrickson)

More Gear

Holiday Subscription Sale! Save 79% and Get a Free Gift!

Subscribe
Pinterest Icon