The North Face Jammu

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Photo: Courtesy of The North Face The North Face Jammu

You used to have to choose: water­proof hard shell or breathable soft shell. Gear makers now use hybrid fabrics that are soft, stretchy, water­proof, and breathable. These jackets are often heavier—and less crinkly—than standard hard shells.

BEST FOR: Resort skiing, mountaineering in wet climes.

WHY THIS ONE: The North Face Jammu is minimalist, athletically cut, and made with Polartec’s air-permeable NeoShell, a fleece-backed fabric that fended off nasty weather and breathed better than any hard shell we tested.

Filed To: Men's / Soft Shell
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