• 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"
  • Outdoor Research Interstellar Jacket

      MSRP: $299.00 BEST FOR: just about everything   Who can afford to have a ski jacket, ice climbing jacket, rain jacket and alpine jacket? Unless you’re sponsored, no one. With how niche climbing gear has … Continue reading "First Look: Outdoor Research Interstellar 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"