Best for backcountry
When hauling around a dozen pounds of avy gear is on the itinerary, we reach for the sub-two-pound, waterproof Switch LT Hoody. Its cavernous chest pockets easily stash a pair of climbing skins and are high enough to stay clear of your pack’s waist belt. Plus, it’s cut from Polartec’s NeoShell, which is stretchier, softer, and more breathable than any waterproof hard-shell fabric we’ve encountered. The jacket breathes so well, we were able to shoulder our skis through notoriously damp Whistler sidecountry without having to stop and crack the pit zips (though they came in handy on spring hikes).