Jackets

Black Diamond Sharp End Shell

Black Diamond Sharp End Shell

The Black Diamond Sharp End is a versatile alpine shell that offers great weather protection, durability and packability.

Patagonia Knifeblade Jacket and Pants

Patagonia Knifeblade Jacket and Pants

The Patagonia Knifeblade kit breathes better than any hard shell and water-resistant soft-shell piece we’ve tested.

Race Face Nano Pullover Jacket

Race Face Nano Pullover Jacket

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.

Mountain Equipment Firefox Jacket

Mountain Equipment Firefox Jacket

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?

Race Face Team Chute Jacket

Race Face Team Chute Jacket

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.

Arc’teryx Rush Jacket

Arc’teryx Rush Jacket

The Arc’teryx Rush is a great shell for on and off piste skiing, yet it’s also versatile enough for year-round use.

TREW Swift Jacket

TREW Swift Jacket

The TREW Swift is a versatile soft shell that works well as a midlayer, an outerlayer, and après. (And it’s currently on sale.)

Oakley Drifter Jacket

Oakley Drifter Jacket

If its fit works for you, the Oakley Drifter offers the weatherproofing and breathability of high-end technical shells at a competitive price.

Scott Kickstart Jacket

Scott Kickstart Jacket

The Scott Kickstart Jacket is an affordable down insulator with a very good weight-to-warmth ratio.

Oakley Cottage Jacket

Oakley Cottage Jacket

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.

Mammut Biwak Down Jacket

Mammut Biwak Down Jacket

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.

Patagonia Primo Down Jacket

Patagonia Primo Down Jacket

The Patagonia Primo Down Jacket is durable, light, and built for the coldest, crappiest, windiest weather.

Flylow Lab Coat

Flylow Lab Coat

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.

Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Jacket

Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Jacket

If you’re looking for a breathable, warm, lightweight shell with some great features, the Odin Mountain deserves your attention.

Helly Hansen Verglas Hooded Down Insulator

Helly Hansen Verglas Hooded Down Insulator

Warm, lightweight, durable. For reviewer Julia Van Raalte, those three words pretty much sum up the Verglas Hooded Down Insulator.

Helly Hansen Verglas Jacket

Helly Hansen Verglas Jacket

The Verglas is a tough hardshell, well suited for colder weather resort and backcountry skiing.

Dakine Kaitlin Jacket

Dakine Kaitlin Jacket

The Dakine Kaitlin is a stylish, practical piece of outerwear for resort skiers and snowboarders.

Patagonia Super Cell Jacket

Patagonia Super Cell Jacket

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.

Rab Viper Jacket

Rab Viper Jacket

In our third review of “super breathable” hardshell jackets, the Rab Viper earns big points for its extremely attractive price.

Arc’teryx Beta FL Jacket

Arc’teryx Beta FL Jacket

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.