The Mountain Hardware Phantom Hooded Down Jacket will keep you very warm in cold and damp conditions.
Finally, there’s another more freeride-focused outerwear kit made with Polartec NeoShell: the new Temerity jacket and pants from Strafe.
Touring season is upon us, and Arc’teryx’s new hybrid soft shell / hard shell, the Lithic Comp, is a very impressive option.
The Dakine Quinn Jacket is a longer, stylish shell that is a good option for resort and backcountry skiing.
The 3L Freebird is the lightest shell in Burton’s [ak] line and is designed for backcountry freeriding.
Flylow’s new Billie Coat is the perfect blend of function and fashion if you’re looking for a more feminine, freeride-oriented hardshell.
The Stio Environ is a light, very comfortable shell well-suited for use in drier climates.
If you’re after a multi-season shell that’s light, packable, waterproof, and highly breathable, the Outdoor Research Axiom deserves some real consideration.
The Arc’teryx Stikine is an expedition-oriented jacket that offers the strengths of a stand-alone insulator and a hard shell in one.
The Outdoor Research Vanguard is a good resort jacket for those who want the feel of a soft shell and storm protection of a hard shell.
We like everything about the Brooks-Range Mountaineering Mojave jacket; DownTek treated down insulation, a simple design, good warmth, and a fair price.
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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 FlyLow Lab Coat, one of our favorite freeride jackets, got a makeover. Version 2.0 is still a favorite, but you’ll want to check out exactly what changed and what stayed the same.
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.
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