Top-end performance fabrics appear at the $200 mark, giving shells much better vapor transfer and freer movement for higher-intensity activities. This 15-ounce shell pants like a husky, thanks to Gore's Paclite, a lightweight version of the guaranteed-waterproof fabric. [$200; marmot.com]
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