DYNAFIT RAD­I­CAL GTX

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OUR TAKE For the light­est shell in our test, see the model to the right. But if you’d rather have more features for an ounce more, this nim­ble num­ber is your pick. A stream­lined cut and Gore-Tex’s stan­dard three-layer shell paired with a C-Knit backer (which Gore says shaves about 10 per­cent off tra­di­tional tri­cot via a thin­ner, cir­cu­lar knit) help it make weight, and it packs down to the size of a Nerf foot­ball. The C-Knit en­hances breatha­bil­ity so much that we of­ten didn’t need to de­ploy the pit zips, and it lends the shell a soft, sup­ple feel. Plus, the fab­ric is durable: “When go­ing some­where I knew I would take a beat­ing, this was the light­est jacket I felt would do the job,” says one Alaskan tester.

THE DE­TAILS The Rad­i­cal has hand pock­ets that fit liner gloves and snacks, two in­te­rior pock­ets, a zip­pered sleeve pocket (big enough for an iPhone 7), stretchy cuff gus­sets that seal out weather, and a hel­met-friendly hood. There’s no ex­cess fab­ric to whip in the wind, but it still fits nicely over mid­weight puffies.

TRAIL CRED “While climb­ing Rocky Moun­tain National Park’s Fly­ing Dutch­man couloir on a warm day, I left this shell on all the way up,” notes a Colorado tester. “My body temp never red­lined, and it was great to avoid chang­ing back and forth.”

$500; 13 oz.; m’s S-XXL, w’s 34-42; dynafit.com/us

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