The North Face Jammu
(Courtesy of The North Face)

The North Face Jammu

The North Face Jammu

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You used to have to choose: water­proof hard shell or breathable soft shell. Gear makers now use hybrid fabrics that are soft, stretchy, water­proof, and breathable. These jackets are often heavier—and less crinkly—than standard hard shells.

BEST FOR: Resort skiing, mountaineering in wet climes.

WHY THIS ONE: The North Face Jammu is minimalist, athletically cut, and made with Polartec’s air-permeable NeoShell, a fleece-backed fabric that fended off nasty weather and breathed better than any hard shell we tested.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021 Lead Photo: Courtesy of The North Face