MOUN­TAIN STAN­DARD TER­RAIN N’ RAIN SHELL

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OUR TAKE Win­ter-wor­thy hard­shells can cost north of 500 bucks, so find­ing a solid per­former for half that price can seem too good to be true. No smoke and mir­rors here, though: The se­cret is Moun­tain Stan­dard's di­rect-to-con­sumer model, which avoids re­tail markup. Sure, the Ter­rain N' Rain skimps on some features a more ex­pen­sive shell might of­fer, but it locks out weather on cross-coun­try ski trips and win­try trail runs, and is light enough to wear the rest of the year. This jacket’s pre­mium breatha­bil­ity and mo­bil­ity come from Po­lartec NeoShell, a three-layer, air-per­me­able, stretchy fab­ric; we skied hard up into the 50s with­out cook­ing while wear­ing it over a base­layer, and its four-way stretch moved with us com­fort­ably. The Ter­rain N’ Rain isn’t meant for moun­taineer­ing or frigid temps—the hood doesn’t ac­com­mo­date ski hel­mets, and the cut is too slim to fit over heavy­weight puffies—but for aer­o­bic ac­tiv­i­ties in rain, snow, sleet, and high winds, it’s a steal.

THE DE­TAILS The jacket features one chest and two hand pock­ets (a hip­belt will cover the lower por­tion, but the pock­ets are still us­able), pit zips, and ad­justable cuffs, hem, and hood. Testers loved how the hood's curved sides help pre­serve pe­riph­eral vi­sion, but it lacks side-ad­just­ment tog­gles for pulling it tight.

TRAIL CRED “I never felt like I was sac­ri­fic­ing fit for price with this jacket,” reports a tester. “It has the anatom­i­cal tai­lor­ing you’d ex­pect from high-dol­lar shells—noth­ing sloppy about it.” $239; 13.5 oz.; m’s S-XL, w's XS-L; moun­tain­stan­dard.com

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