First Ascent Sandstone Jacket
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THE SELL: A utility layer for any fast-paced activity. THE TEST: The light, four-way-stretch soft-shell fabric scored top marks for breathability. Though we logged more than 100 miles on bike and foot, in temps that ranged from the thirties to the sixties, we rarely steamed up. It’s the perfect companion for lighter-weight midlayers and just trim enough not to flap around annoyingly on cool-weather road rides. And while it’s
respectably light (11 ounces), you still get four pockets and a microfleece-lined collar. It didn’t soak through on a 40-minute run in light rain, but don’t expect it to keep you dry much longer than that. THE VERDICT: You know that jacket in your closet that you always grab? This is that jacket. eddiebauer.com
Wind/water resistance: 2.5