Staying warm is good. Staying warm and dry is even better.
As if the lines weren’t blurry enough, this year’s featherweight fabrics and highly breathable waterproof membranes have made hardshells and softshells even harder to distinguish—and exceedingly versatile in changing conditions. End result: win-win. Here are two examples of the top of the jacket food chain this season. For more on what’s going to keep you toasty and dry, check out the Buyers Guide in print and online in late September.