Gear Review: Salomon Veyrier Stretch Jacket Hardshell

Freedom of movement defines this hardshell from Salomon.

[best mobility]

Want the comfortable flex of a softshell with the weather protection of a hardshell—all for a bargain price? Grab the Veyrier Stretch, a fully featured shell that let testers twist, reach, and climb unhindered. “While scrambling up Pike O’ Stickle in Great Britain’s Lake District, I could reach overhead without the jacket restricting any movement,” says one tester. A New Hampshire competitive Nordic skier added, “I normally can’t even wear softshells while training because they’re too constrictive. But this jacket is dynamic enough for all my roller-skiing.”

The 2.5-layer climaPRO membrane turned back downpours; one tester stayed dry during a three-day barrage of sea spray on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The collar stands up even when the hood is down, shielding testers’ necks from drafts. Breathability is above average for a shell at this price, aided by pit zips and mesh-lined pockets. “I never overheated on a tough hike in the mid-50s on Montana’s Beartooth Plateau,” reports one tester. The cut is trim, and the shell smushes down small enough to fit in a pack’s side pocket. $200; 14.1 oz;