Backcountry currently has 17,000 products on sale, and a lot of them are jackets and coats. If you order by December 20, the company will give you free two-day shipping and guarantee your package will arrive by Christmas. Here are seven jackets we think are worth buying.
Marmot Men’s Minimalist ($132; 30 percent off)
Thanks to its light yet durable build, the Minimalist earned a place in our Reader’s Choice roundup of the best men’s rain jackets. “It has a minimal weight to it but feels substantial enough to be more than just a raincoat,” one tester wrote. “It’s truly a windproof, waterproof shell.”
Outdoor Research Transcendent Down ($169; 25 percent off)
When you’re on a chilly belay or ripping off touring skins on an exposed summit and the wind starts gusting, you’ll be thankful for the Transcendent’s lofty, lightweight 650-fill down insulation, wind-resistant fabric, and cozy hood. And if it starts to rain, the jacket sports a water-resistant finish to keep you dry and protected until you can cover up with a shell.
Outdoor Research Helium II ($87; 45 percent off)
Black Diamond Stormline Stretch ($112; 71 percent off)
Supple, stretchy seam-taped fabric helps the 2.5-layer Stormline feel comfortable and less like a plastic bag. The elasticity helps you reach for handholds during scrambling ascents, and although the proprietary membrane isn’t as breathable as some shells, it vents well enough to keep sweat to a minimum.
Marmot Men’s Precip
The Precip frequently tops lists as a budget jacket with features that outperform its price. Even at full price, the jacket is a steal—it features a completely waterproof fabric, zippered underarm vents to expel excess heat, and an adjustable hood that rolls up into the collar when you don’t need it.
Norrona Men’s Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro ($639; 20 percent off)
The Lofoten is Norwegian brand Norrona’s top-tier ski and snowboard shell. Put it on and you’ll feel like you’re wearing a suit of armor, which is comforting when you’re standing on exposed ridges or surfing through feet of powder. Fully sealed seams coupled with the burly Gore-Tex Pro fabric prevent moisture from seeping through, while large underarm ventilation zips dump heat quickly. We appreciate the well-thought-out details, like integrated wrist gaiters, which ensure a snow-tight seal between gloves, and the zip-off powder skirt, which can be removed on days when it isn’t nuking outside.