When it comes to waterproof breathability, nothing compares to Gore-Tex. And that’s what gives the Apex Flex GTX hooded softshell from The North Face its super-powers. A soft knit face interior makes it cozy on the inside, while the Gore-Tex membrane dissipates body heat & moisture while keeping the wet weather out.
Created on a model of crowd-funded presale production, garments from California-based Taylor Stitch emphasize fit and detail. The coastal-inspired Sailor Twitch collection includes the waxed cotton Beach jacket made of a rugged 10 oz. Halley Stevenson fabric. There’s also the snap-front Big Sur Shirt Jacket made of rugged, 100% recycled Polartec Thermal Pro.
Constructed of British Millerain Antique Waxed Canvas, the Explorer Jacket is built to withstand harsh winds and Spring’s wet weather. It has a filled quilted lining, reinforced elbows and removable hood as well as a full-width game pouch in the rear. Zip & Snap closure.
Weighing in at a mere 10-ounces, this ultra-packable hooded windbreaker is made of waterproof ripstop nylon. Panels throughout the jacket are designed to accept any type of insulation: dry leaves, newspaper, etc. It packs down into a pocket-size stuff sack that can easily go everywhere you go. When the weather starts acting up, you’ll be ready.
Made in America and constructed of hearty mid-weight 14 oz. wool melton, this shirt-jacket remains warm even when wet. It has double reinforced elbows and is loaded with pockets for ample storage—4 zip pockets and 2 chest hand-warmer pockets & 2 upper arm pockets. It buttons up featuring slotted parasmock style buttons.
Built to function as a tech performance layering garment but with styling that’s just as comfortable on the streets, the California-made Alpha-lite Shirt Jacket from Coldsmoke features Polartec Alpha insulation, originally developed as a low-bulk insulator for military Special Forces.
With its matte finish nylon shell and distinctive onion-style quilting, the Oakdale jacket from Penfield draws design inspiration from vintage military gear but updates it with a modern fit and features like a mini ripstop contrast chest pocket, Internal headphone port, and Water resistant/windproof fabrication.
This lightweight, snap-front shirt-jacket from Cotopaxi features llama fleece insulation and clean, classic style. There are vertical snaps along the lower back for added mobility while biking or hiking. The brand’s commitment to outreach and impact around the world gives you one more reason to get their gear. Available in raven, copper, & Moroccan blue.
The Övik Eco-Shell Jacket from classic Swedish outdoor brand Fjällräven is a waterproof breathable 3-layer shell with a two-way front zipper and a hood with a laminated brim to keep water off your face. There’s also plenty of storage: a pair of large bellows pockets on lower front and lower back as well as a pair of snap-closure chest pockets.
Columbia’s OutDry Extreme Technology is an eco-friendly alternative to the non-biodegradable synthetic PFCs usually used for waterproofing outerwear. Instead, it uses a micro-perforated rubber-like membrane that repels water but still breathes. This tech is featured in the ECO Shell jacket, which is also made of 100% recycled material and available only in white—not dying the fabric saves 13 gallons of water per garment.