This fully windproof hooded softshell weighs in under 12 ounces, packs down as small as a grapefruit, and is great for powering up windy ridges in comfort. Extra-long pitzips extend all the way from biceps to the hem, for ventilation on a mammoth scale.
The Gore Windstopper fabric is soft and quiet, breathes while blocking wind, and will protect you from everything except a full-on downpour. Our testers have used it for everything from four-season peak bagging, where it’s light enough to go in a daypack, snow camping trips, and mid-winter ski outings when one tester praised the hood saying, “I could cinch it down tight to block wind and still have respectable peripheral vision.”
The fit is typically European: athletic but not snug. Thumb loops will help to keep your hands warm, but can make the sleeves a bit long. $239; 11.3 oz.; mammut.ch; w’s XS-XXL , m’s S-XXL