This is one heavy-duty soft-shell jacket. The durable, water-repellent fabric shed light rain easily, and the thin fleece lining added some warmth. Too warm? Use the pit zips to dump that heat and quickly cool down. Plenty of pockets, an adjustable hem and hood, and really cool exterior seam taping create a distinct look for a super functional jacket. It’s the perfect choice for high-output activities in cooler temperatures. $200

Author: Jeff Howell is a contributor to Terrain Magazine