The Odin Mountain Hybrid pulls double duty as a ski shell and all-year rain jacket. “If you hate loud, plasticky outerwear, consider this soft shell your new favorite jacket. Its four-way-stretch fabric feels like broken-in denim and stays blessedly silent when you move,” our testers wrote.
Keep moving in all conditions
These men's jackets offer versatile protection for a variety of weather
This is the softshell we recommended for winter cycling in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “The chest, shoulders, and arms on the shell are wind- and water-resistant, taking the sting out of nasty weather,” wrote our tester, “while lighter back and underarm panels add stretch and breathability.”…
By focusing on breathability, Polartec Alpha works when you’re moving, too
Stay comfortable on the trail, whether you're out for two days or ten
When to wash your shell, how to apply a DWR, and whether to choose a spray-on or wash-in
The champion of the waterproof-breathable hardshell is getting soft
A company never satisfied with the status quo has designed two new jackets that are as cozy and comfortable as some of your favorite pieces
In the past 12 months, Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, Polartec, Gore-Tex, and Stoic have introduced new waterproof-breathable membranes. We won’t bore you with the wonky details of their lofty claims; all you need to know is that each is more breathable than many of the jackets we’ve been raving about for years.
These shells offer equal parts protection and comfort. We reviewed the Columbia Flyin' Dry, with its waterproof, breathable membrane and roomy back pocket; the Marmot Tempo Hoody, which kept our tester toasty on mountain runs and hikes during a windy season; the super-stretchy First Ascent High Season; and others.