Two different shell fabrics are bonded to the standard Gore-Tex membrane to optimize breathability where you need it (the core) and durability where you need that (shoulders and arms). “Carrying a 55-pound pack up the mile-long climb to Colorado’s Montgomery Pass Yurts, I grew only slightly damp,” says one tester who wore it over a baselayer on an overcast 30°F day. All zones use Gore’s C-Knit backer, which is soft against skin, boosting comfort when worn over a T-shirt.
Fit & features
Cut narrow through the hips but roomy through the arms and chest, the Refugitive accommodates a midweight down sweater. The hood is cinchable with one hand, and fits over a helmet.