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Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket

Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket

Weighing in at a mere 5.5 ounces, Outdoor Research’s Helium II 2.5-layer waterproof jacket makes the perfect gift for the gram-counting outdoorsy-type on your gift list. This wispy topper has most of the features you’d expect from a much-heavier piece: a full-length zipper, drawcord-adjustable hood, and a chest pocket. It lacks handwarmer pockets, though in [...]

November 26, 2015 Allison Woods Comments Off on Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket

Helly Hansen Loke Jacket

Helly Hansen Loke Jacket

Earlier this summer, I co-led a wilderness adventure course for a group of 15 year-old boys, a long backpacking trip into the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming . Careful to pack only high quality gear I chose Helly Hansen’s  Loke Jacket for the trip, and it  did a fantastic job of keeping me dry, comfortable, [...]

August 29, 2014 Scott Steen 3

Mountain Hardwear Women’s Stretch Capacitor Jacket

Mountain Hardwear Women’s Stretch Capacitor Jacket

I didn’t really need a new rain shell this season, but when the Mountain Hardwear’s Women’s Stretch Capacitor Jacket arrived on my doorstep to test, it made me realize that the right jacket can make a big difference in my comfort and performance when I’m  climbing, skiing, and hiking in ever-shifting temperatures. The Mountain Hardwear [...]

April 5, 2013 Leslie Steen 0

Patagonia Troposphere Jacket

Patagonia Troposphere Jacket

Designed for alpine skiers and climbers, the Patagonia Troposphere Jacket has a key feature lacking in most old-school hard shells: stretch! I admit that I tested it in tamer conditions – hiking in windy, rainy 40 degree weather – but I still loved the upgrade. I’m used to wearing crinkly, boxy rain shells that do [...]

October 20, 2012 E.D. 0