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Coalatree claims its new windbreaker has "self-healing technology." Does it actually work?

This jacket was our favorite alpine shell in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. The hand pockets didn’t interfere with a harness, and the fabric is stretchy, durable, and weather resistant. “It’s not breathable enough for running, but the details that make it ideal for climbing work just as well…

Stio released the first version of the Downwater Anorak last year and we loved it. Made from a rugged water-resistant nylon treated with UPF 50-plus sun protection, it fends off wind and water while still looking casual enough to wear around town.

In 2017, this jacket earned a spot in our roundup of our favorite pieces of peak bagging gear. The repurposed polyester taffeta packs into an internal chest pocket for quick stashing. Plus, the durable water repellent finish makes it a perfect “just in case” layer.

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 wind-proof waterproof…

Jackets are getting trimmer and thinner. Are the weight savings worth the money?

Barely-there shells for all kinds of conditions

7Mesh, a new British Columbia-based mountain bike clothing company, aims to raise the standard in outfitting cyclists.

Forget the forecast. This gear will keep you moving through the toughest season.

Like any wilderness mission, trail running requires savvy prep and the right equipment. Pack your bag wisely.

I ran my first ultra, The North Face Endurance Challenge 50-Mile on December 7. Save two missing toenails and a pinky toe that looks like it belongs on a cadaver, I think I am far enough away from the pain to write about the gear that helped…

Outside reviews the best gear in the Summer 2013 Buyer’s Guide, including the Rab Maverick.

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.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Summer Buyer's Guide, including 2XU's 3/4-length compression tights.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Summer Buyer's Guide, including the Cannondale Ryker bike helmet.

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.

Outside reviews the best gear for the 2012 Summer Buyer's Guide, including the Arc'teryx Incendo.

Outside picks the best hiking gear of June 2012, including the Helly Hansen Odin Fastpack.

Nordic skiers and cold-climate runners will love this aerobic-oriented jacket, which has a wind-blocking front face and a thin, breathable back.

Keep them running all winter with these holiday gifts.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Arc'teryx's Veilance Partition Coat.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Athleta Scratch Windbreak jacket.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier Lite Jacket.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Rapha Wind Jacket.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Sugoi Versa Wind Jacket.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Mountain Hardwear Geist Jacket.

Streamlined Protection Martinis. Lobster rolls. Jackets. At the end of the day, each is only as good as its main ingredient. And that’s why the Brisk was so universally lauded this year—it’s cut from Gore’s Windstopper fabric, a perennial tester favorite that strikes a good balance between protecting you from…

Ignore the Forecast All-purpose windbreakers like the nonstretchy Shadowland have been around for a while—and with good reason. More lined than insulated, the Shadowland is essentially what you’d get if you fused your softest, fastest-wicking base layer with your favorite wind shell. Translation: It’s a remarkably versatile and highly wind-…

In cool weather, Marmot’s Trail Wind Jacket rarely feels clammy, thanks to its moisture-wicking fabric and underarm vents.…

In Santa Fe, summer monsoons sweep through on an every-afternoon basis. I prepare by bringing this waterproof, breathable eVent jacket—it’s windproof up to 60 miles per hour.…

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that protection from wind, rain, and sun is important. This DWR-finished, recycled polyester windshell weighs no more than one pound and scrunches down to the size of an apple. Your pack won’t even notice.…

Stash this tissue-thin, rain-resistant polyester shell in your jersey. It’s three ounces with a pocket, vents, reflective stripes, and a micro-stuffsack.…

When paired with high-quality base layers, PATAGONIA‘s supple and breathable WIND SHIELD JACKET is all you need 90 percent of the time.

THE NORTH FACE‘s slim-fitting APEX CLIMATEBLOCK FULL ZIP JACKET, is all wind- and slushproof panels except the stretchy sides and forearms.

Can you help me find a winter running jacket that breathes, keeps the real cold out (think below 20F) and that doesn't require 3 layers underneath? Would love to run with just a single base layer (merino seems best in these conditions) under a jacket that won't over heat or leave me cold.Dan Chicago, IL Location (City, State/City Country)