Fear not: Just because your stocks are down, your job is unstable, and you're saving every last dollar for a pair of Atomic 10.EX's doesn't mean you can't reap the benefits of the latest advancements in outdoor-apparel technology. The gear on the next two pages proves it: waterproof-breathable shells for under $250 and mountain-worthy fleece at Old Navy prices, not to mention accessories and technical layering pieces even dot.com refugees can afford.
Dri-Fit Pipe Jacket
Seam-sealed, mesh-lined, waterproof jacket with venting zips and a powder skirt. Nike ACG, $160.
Jackson Meadow Vest
Details include princess seams for a contoured fit and Lycra-trimmed armholes. Sportif, $40.
A windproof barrier turns fleece into outerwear; mesh lined for breathability. White Sierra, $89.
Waterpoof-breathable stretch pant with a cargo pocket and internal leg gaiters. L.L. Bean, $89.
Full UV protection, lightweight, and cool looking, too. Smith Sport Optics, $60.
Matrix Fleece Crew
Highly compressible fleece wicks moisture and breathes like a champ. White Sierra, $49.
Durable, waterproof-breathable, vented, and sports a detachable hood. Trespass, $225.
Double Trouble Glove
Designed for boarders, but who cares; with a gauntlet cuff and removable fleece liner. Grandoe, $40.
Waterproof-breathable legwear with thigh vents and cargo pockets for style points. Trespass, $135.