These six reflective jackets will help you log miles—safely—by trail or road. 


Brooks Bolt

Thicker and more insulating than the other shells here, the Bolt showed legit wind and water resistance, although it was a bit stiffer and heavier than the other options—best suited for easy cold-weather runs. The hem cinch and media pouch tucked into the zippered pocket are nice touches. 

Price $140 Weight 13.6 oz

(The North Face)

The North Face Ultra Lite Waterproof

If you haven’t yet known the well-ventilated glory of a short-sleeve waterproof jacket, start here. Slim, pocket compressible, and supple, the Ultra Lite  offers all the storm protection you need without the oppressive mugginess of a full-sleeve shell. 

Price $150 Weight 4.9 oz


Saucony Sonic Reflex 

Bold by day, bold by night—the garish pattern of trickle-down squares on the Sonic Reflex’s shoulders and chest shines like a disco ball. Beyond that, it’s a traditional polyester windbreaker with a fluid, soft-on-skin feel, decent breathability (credit the stretchy mesh underarm panels), and a snag-proof zipper. A great option for shoulder-season weather. 

Price $135 Weight 7 oz


Sugoi Zap Run 

The Zap has the brightest reflectivity in this group. It’s a stout polyester wind shell absolutely loaded with features: Velcro wrist cuffs, zippered waist pockets, and a hem draw cord. The downside is that all those extras add weight. Given the heft and the lack of breathability, we liked it best in strong winds and weather that’s teetering on the edge of a storm. 

Price $160 Weight 3.4 oz


Adidas Supernova Storm Half-Zip 

The half-zip Supernova is a master at climate control—a thin, stretchy back panel dumps heat, while the wind-blocking polyester sleeves and comfortable soft-shell nylon front panel curb icy gusts. Secret weapon: when the Supernova is hit with headlights, the static-like graphic on the sleeves and shoulders blooms brightly to life. 

Price $65 Weight 8.8 oz

(Helly Hansen)

Helly Hansen Pace Norviz Heat 

The Norviz would be a pretty average wind shell but for two things: baffles of insulation across the chest, and a reflective splatter print that hides by day but comes out when light hits it. The Norviz’s reflectivity was the least bright of the jackets we tested, but its wind-blocking chops kept it in our rotation for use on dry, frosty nights. 

Price $160 Weight 6.9 oz

The Best Resort Jackets of 2016

Ski jackets have long benefited from trickle-down technology: the features developed for serious backcountry shells work just as well when you’re huddled on a wet chairlift. This year there are more excellent options than ever. To whittle our initial list down to these seven, we spent a season skiing both sides of the ropes in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We tried jackets with everything from an aerogel fill, developed by NASA and said to be the best insulator ever made, to a new design that features overlapping down baffles. The difference between enjoying a powder day and warming up in the

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The Best Après Jackets of 2016

We love high-performance outerwear (see our lists of the best resort and backcountry jackets of the year). But we also love the street-smart looks of these hoodies, shakets, and midlayers, which make them ideal for urban adventures once the ski and snowboard boots come off.  (Berghaus) Berghaus VapourLight Hydroloft Reversible Hoody  Most reversibles give you two distinct styles and not much else. Not so the eight-ounce VapourLight. Wear the dual-tone fabric on the outside for increased wind protection, or flip it around for a bump in breathability. Perfect for high-output bike commuting or hiking the steeps.  Price $220 (Fjällräven) Fjällräven Ovik 3 in 1  The

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The Best Backcountry Jackets of 2016

There’s been a lot of upheaval in this category recently. The race to create the lightest, most breathable—but still bomber—jacket has destroyed longstanding paradigms. The lines that once divided soft and hard shells have blurred so much, they’re all but gone. Waterproof down has gone from pipe dream to commonplace, while new lightweight synthetic insulations keep you warm on the coldest days. Now, in another leap forward, mad-scientist engineers are using surprising new materials like corn (that’s right, corn) and rain-shedding wool. The upshot? There are more high-quality jacket options than we ever thought possible. (Outdoor Research) Outdoor

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The Best Women’s Jackets of 2016

From running to skiing to après-ing, these six power players will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable—no matter the conditions. (Showers Pass) Showers Pass Rogue Hoodie  Like a highly functional iteration of your favorite sweatshirt, the Rogue bridges the urban-technical divide. A cozy fleece lining is encased in a waterproof-breathable exterior, while commuter-friendly elements like reflective trim, a loop for hanging a light, and a helmet-compatible hood make it ideal for winter bike rides. Price $175 (Faction Skis) Faction Harper Aerogel  The Harper is one of the first jackets to incorporate NASA-developed aerogel, a super-lightweight insulation that’s a fraction of the

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