Includes a hood to keep your hair dry in wet weather. Thin material makes it compress well for travel. Jacket stands up to daily use. Does a great job of keeping you dry with adjustable wrist closures and a zipper protector.
Material makes a crunching sound. May feel tight for those who are smaller on top and wider at the hips.
Interior and hood are lined with soft, plush fabric. Front zip closure and hood with snaps. Great choice for layering while participating in winter sports. Weather-resistant to wind, rain, and snow. Available in multiple colors.
Sizing can be challenging to get right. Quality is lacking — some parts break or fall apart.
Can be worn 3 different ways for specific needs in different environments and weather. Windproof and water-resistant with a Teflon-coated exterior. Multiple secure pockets for hand warmth and storage. Underarm vents allow for airflow.
Some issues with sizing. Not fully waterproof as advertised.
Features front zipper closure, stand-up neck collar with snaps, and a full protective hood. Athletic, slim fit and full-size length. Two front hand pockets and cuffs with adjustable tightness. Multiple color choices available. Ideal for cold, rainy conditions.
Runs quite small. Some users say they've had problems with the zippers.
Made from stretchy and flexible double-weave fabric. Hood is fully adjustable and helmet-compatible with a spacious, cavernous design. Front zipper is offset and has a 2-way design for convenience. Hem drawcords and adjustable cuffs. Zippered chest pocket.
Doesn't have any hand pockets.
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A hardshell jacket is designed to be waterproof (as opposed to just water-resistant) and windproof. It’s generally worn as the outermost layer when layering clothes for hiking, skiing, or other outdoor sports. The wrong hardshell jacket can leave you wet, cold, and uncomfortable. They’re generally made of synthetic fabrics like PVC or a breathable fabric like GORE-TEX. Hardshells include a hood that can sometimes be removed. It’s important that a hardshell jacket be comfortable yet provide good protection against cold weather. Another consideration is the color, since hardshells can range from conservative styles to more outlandish hues.
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