"This shell can handle any weather, anywhere," said one tester. The jacket is made primarily from a heavy-duty version of three-layer eVent, with stretchy panels of waterproof/breathable Schoeller C-change (it has pores that open when you heat up) that run down the arms and across the back. Result: Testers who used it on backcountry ski trips in the Rockies said they'd trust this shell in a hurricane–it simply won't wet out–yet it breathes as well as lighter weight shells.
Smart touch: Stiff tape down the sides of the hood keep it from collapsing uncomfortably when you cinch it tight. "I felt like I had a roof over my head," said one tester. Pit zips and a removable powder skirt increase versatility for year-round use, mitigating the price. $499; 1 lb. 4 oz. (w's medium); men's S-XXL, women's XS-L; westcomb.com