Half of the jacket (the dark part) uses a traditional softshell material (a very air-permeable, stretch-woven nylon with no membrane to trap heat) that whisks vapor to the exterior. “Sweat buildup was nonexistent,” says a tester who wore it on backcountry ski tours near Canmore, Alberta. That fabric’s generous stretch also provides outstanding freedom of movement: “Like a baselayer,” she says.
Highly water-resistant Gore Windstopper is employed across the chest, shoulders, and hood—areas most exposed to the elements—and it kept us dry during snowstorms (seams aren’t taped). Its total protection against wind eliminates the need to pull on a hardshell on gusty summits and ridgelines.
Fit & features
Cut long, for full coverage through the hips and seat, the jacket accommodates long torsos and arms. The hood tucks away for an uncluttered, fair-weather silhouette, and multiple pockets hold touring essentials. Bonus: It packs small (to Nalgene size).