Best midlayer ever? No, that depends on what you’re doing. Most comfortable, breathable, and versatile midlayer? It might be the Patagonia Nano Air.
The North Face Free Thinker is a burly hard shell that offers excellent protection and plenty of features for resort skiing.
The Arc’teryx Caden sets the standard for freeride-oriented shells that offer a full set of features, great breathability, and outstanding protection in harsh conditions.
The Black Diamond Sharp End is a versatile alpine shell that offers great weather protection, durability and packability.
The Patagonia Knifeblade kit breathes better than any hard shell and water-resistant soft-shell piece we’ve tested.
The Race Face Nano Pullover is a lightweight, packable shell with a biking-specific fit. If the weather changes quickly where you ride, it’s great to have in your pack.
This is a review of the (very good) Mountain Equipment Firefox, and an answer to the question: What’s the difference between Gore-Tex Active and Gore-Tex Pro?
The Race Face Team Chute jacket will keep you dry on wet, muddy rides, it’s more durable than your average rain jacket, and it won’t cost you a fortune.
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.