• Mountain Equipment Garwhal Women’s Jacket

    MSRP: $195 BEST FOR: Easy stowing, staying dry and you can move in it   The summer—which stretched to half a year—long ago that I guided in North Wales, I spent what must have been … Continue reading "Mountain Equipment Garwhal Women’s Jacket"
  • Black Diamond Cirque Shell

    MSRP: $175 BEST FOR: Alpine climbing, ski touring, trekking   Your favorite IPA just tastes good every time. It’s the brew you reach for when you need a post-mission victory beer. Sure, you might pick … Continue reading "Black Diamond Cirque Shell"
  • Mountain Hardwear Kor Preshell Hoody

    MSRP: $130 BEST FOR: Continual wear without overheating   Light has always been right, or at least really, really handy. New in February is this downright gossamer piece by Mountain Hardwear. A superlight (4.9 ounces … Continue reading "Mountain Hardwear Kor Preshell Hoody"
  • Mammut Nordwand Flex Jacket

      MSRP: $650.00 BEST FOR: Mountains, ice climbing   The term “hard-shell” once applied to the type of outwear we climbers used in inclement weather. Those old jackets certainly resembled shells—turtle-shells. They were tough, encapsulating, … Continue reading "Mammut Nordwand Flex Jacket"
  • Black Diamond Alpine Start Jacket

      Best For: Light and fast alpine rock climbing MSRP: $149.00   When I’m going multi-pitching—be it for a romp up a moderate in Eldo or a big alpine mission in Rocky Mountain National Park—I … Continue reading "Black Diamond Alpine Start Jacket"
  • Bight Gear Neoshell Nuker Jacket

      MSRP: $429.00 BEST FOR: Mountaineering and alpinism.   In the 1990’s the “home sauna suit” was a real quick-and-easy weight-loss fad. The concept was simple: wrap yourself in plastic bags and go for a … Continue reading "Bight Gear Neoshell Nuker Jacket"
  • Mountain Equipment Squall Jacket

      Mountain Equipment’s Squall Hooded Jacket, updated for 2018, is a lightweight, non-insulated wind-stopper soft shell. Reading the company-listed garment features you’d think the Squall Hooded Jacket is pretty darn average given the generic industry … Continue reading "Mountain Equipment Squall Jacket"
  • Black Diamond Fineline Stretch Rain Shell

      MSRP: $129.00 BEST FOR:    Though you’d think it should be a given with anything billed as a raincoat, we’ve worn enough duds in our day that didn’t keep us 100% dry to feel … Continue reading "Black Diamond Fineline Stretch Rain Shell"
  • Mountain Equipment Lattice

    Mountain Equipment Lattice | mountain-equipment.co.uk | $200 | ★★★★   My Wife is having my head examined. “It isn’t normal,” she said, “to shower in a raincoat.” She doesn’t get that a shower is the acid … Continue reading "Mountain Equipment Lattice"
  • Arc’teryx Venta SV Jacket

    www.arcteryx.com | $375 | 4 Stars   I’ve been a big fan of Gore Windstopper ever since I held a square swath of the material against a fan-generated blast of air. Its wind-blocking properties were … Continue reading "Arc’teryx Venta SV Jacket"
  • Loki Levity

    $449 LOKIUSA.COM 4 ½ stars Until recently, most waterproof/breathable jackets I wore felt like saunas. They got the waterproof part right, but like an asthmatic child, they had trouble breathing. In sub-zero temps, this caused … Continue reading "Loki Levity"
  • Spyder Refuge Shell Jacket

    Spyder Refuge Shell Jacket | $475 www.spyder.com 4½ Stars Spyder’s new Refuge jacket is one of the most innovative waterproof-breathable shells to hit the market in a long time. While most makers of new jackets … Continue reading "Spyder Refuge Shell Jacket"