This is not the usual “good at everything, great at nothing” convertible jacket, but a no-compromise combo that provides four-season versatility—and two top-notch layers for the price of one. The shell is made from Gore’s new, more-breathable Active Shell laminate, and the quilted, snap-out PrimaLoft puffy inside has two handwarmer pockets and an inner mesh pouch.
Four-way stretch knit panels along the sides and under the arms help increase the puffy’s venting and range of motion. “The combo got me through an entire winter of hiking, running, and skiing,” testifies one San Francisco-based reviewer. “I wore both layers on sub-zero snowshoe days in Yosemite, and the shell alone on training hikes on warm, rainy spring days in Napa Valley.” He liked the inner jacket for knocking around town and as a packable midlayer for travel and camping. Together, they make for an ultrawarm system, good for low single digits when worn with a midweight baselayer.
And thanks to the combo of the shell’s pit zips and the liner’s knit underarm panels, you can easily avoid getting clammy. Small gripe: The wire-rimmed visor on the hood easily contours, but once bent, the wire never regains the original smooth shape.
11.4 oz. (shell), 11.3 oz. (inner coat) (both w’s M)
m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-L