The Best Women’s Jackets of 2015

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From high performance to street style.
Stephanie Pearson 

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Sugoi Run For Cover

Best For: Layering on the Fly

This nylon running shell ($130) is so breathable, it feels like a second skin. Even better: Sugoi gave the Run For Cover a mesh-lined hood, drop-tail hem, and zip back pocket that keeps your keys from jangling. 

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Marmot Crux

Best For: High Intensity in the Rain

Meet the scrappy younger sibling of last spring’s Gear of the Year–winning Artemis ($275). The proprietary waterproof membrane in this hard shell circulates air so well that Marmot was able to do away with pit zips and other bells and whistles. The impressive range of motion made it our go-to jacket for numerous activities in inclement weather. 


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Patagonia Levitation Hoody

Best For: All Kinds of Commutes

Sure, it was designed as a climbing jacket, but this wind- and water-resistant soft shell ($179) is equally capable on cool bike commutes and short hikes. The lidded hood fits over a helmet, and three sizable front zip pockets are perfect for stashing breakfast on the go.

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Helly Hansen Calais Cape

Best For: Looking Sharp 

Tired of donning outerwear with Appalachian Trail looks when all you’re doing is trekking across town in a squall? Try this waterproof-breathable hooded cape ($150). With smart features like thumb loops to keep the arms in place and fully taped seams, it’s a stylish shield that performs like a mountain jacket.

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ExOfficio FlyQ Lite

Best For: Storing Everything

Rabid compartmentalizers will appreciate the FlyQ Lite’s ($100) numerous interior mesh pockets, which are labeled for everything from lip balm, glasses, and gadgets to keys, pens, and travel documents. There’s even deep storage in the back for a secret bundle of cash.

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Millet Hybrid Langtang

Best For: A Little Extra Warmth
To create the perfect spring layer, Millet incorporated 700-fill down panels (using 90 percent duck feathers instead of pricier goose) on the front, back, and collar and paired them with lightweight nylon-stretch fabric on the arms, shoulders, and hood. The whole package ($200) is windproof, water-repellent, and surprisingly slim fitting for a puffy.

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