When Gore-Tex released its waterproof, breathable Active Shell last year, most manufacturers utilized the ultralight material for minimalist pieces. The 13.5-ounce Outdoor Research Axiom jacket uses a stretchier version. The true four-season shell not only supported us on everything from spring trails to winter slopes, but also breathed better than any other piece we tested. [$375; outdoorresearch.com]
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