The Arc’teryx Rush is a great shell for on and off piste skiing, yet it’s also versatile enough for year-round use.
The TREW Swift is a versatile soft shell that works well as a midlayer, an outerlayer, and après. (And it’s currently on sale.)
If its fit works for you, the Oakley Drifter offers the weatherproofing and breathability of high-end technical shells at a competitive price.
The Scott Kickstart Jacket is an affordable down insulator with a very good weight-to-warmth ratio.
The Oakley Cottage jacket is the best price-point ski jacket we’ve tested, and its feature set and comfortable fit might have you choosing it over far more expensive options.
A lean alpine fit and well-designed features make the Mammut Biwak a good choice for those heading into the alpine or the backcountry in cold temps.
The Patagonia Primo Down Jacket is durable, light, and built for the coldest, crappiest, windiest weather.
If you’re looking for a relaxed fit, waterproof / breathable jacket for resort riding AND backcountry use, the Flylow Lab Coat is one of the best we’ve seen.
If you’re looking for a breathable, warm, lightweight shell with some great features, the Odin Mountain deserves your attention.
Warm, lightweight, durable. For reviewer Julia Van Raalte, those three words pretty much sum up the Verglas Hooded Down Insulator.
The Verglas is a tough hardshell, well suited for colder weather resort and backcountry skiing.
The Dakine Kaitlin is a stylish, practical piece of outerwear for resort skiers and snowboarders.
Patagonia’s Super Cell is a lightweight, affordable hard shell designed with alpine climbing in mind. It also comes with Patagonia’s “Ironclad Guarantee,” which as you’ll see, is a “feature” that shouldn’t be overlooked.
In our third review of “super breathable” hardshell jackets, the Rab Viper earns big points for its extremely attractive price.
Over the next few days, we’ll be posting reviews of 3 hard shell jackets that use cutting edge membrane technologies to increase breathability. First up, the Arc’teryx Beta FL.
The Westcomb Crest Hoody is an impressive achievement that doesn’t leave much room for improvement.
For biking, running, skiing, touring, or all of the above, the Icebreaker Blast jacket is a great first line of defense from the elements.
That the Lethal Descent 3L Eagle jacket is one of the best values on the market is only half the story. The fit and style make it even better.
The Sessions Drone jacket and Clone pants score well in terms of waterproofing and breathability, but there are some notable design shortcomings.
When serious weather protection and durability are more important than saving a few ounces or ultra-packability, the Patagonia Triolet jacket is a stellar option.