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]
56 Perfect Things
Tech, Tools, Toys, & the Hottest New Gear
Plus: The Deadly Thrill of BASE Jumping
ON NEWSSTANDS NOW
Merle Haggard's Life Advice
Sign up to receive the Men’s Journal newsletter and special offers from MJ and its marketing partners.