What You Need In A JacketA good jacket keeps you warm and dry, fits just right, breathes well, and has the features you need. What you need in a jacket depends entirely on use. Powder skiing on a storm day demands more weather protection. Spring hiking calls for versatility and comfort. Although the choices might appear daunting at first, once you get your hands on the right jacket, you'll love it for years.
A fully insulated down or synthetic jacket offers all the warmth you need so you can just pull it on over a thin baselayer and go. An uninsulated shell jacket is more versatile because it allows you to pick and choose the type and weight of your insulation you decide to wear beneath.
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