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OUR TAKE Gear abusers, take note: This weather shield has the chops to han­dle long ex­pe­di­tions, shell-shred­ding ter­rain, and truly nasty con­di­tions. “I ski near Steam­boat, Colorado, in an area with some pretty gnarly trees,” one tester says. “With this jacket, I could just put my head down, blow through branches, and it would emerge look­ing brand new.” A 70-de­nier face fab­ric made from 85 per­cent Cor­dura and 15 per­cent Ly­cra pro­vides dura­bil­ity, and Helly Hansen added an ex­tra half-layer, abra­sion-re­sis­tant print on the in­side to pro­tect the mem­brane in what it calls 3.5layer con­struc­tion. Flip side: It's bulkier than av­er­age.

THE DE­TAILS The Skarstind comes with a full set of features: a three-way ad­justable hood, pit zips, brushed tri­cot col­lar, hand pock­ets and a chest pocket, and cinch­able hem plus a waist draw­cord to keep out snow. Am­ple stretch helps the trim-cut jacket slide over light puffies (and it’s sub­stan­tial enough to add a touch of warmth, too).

TRAIL CRED “On a tour in Colorado’s Mt. Zirkel Wilder­ness, temps reached the 40s with full sun,” says a tester. “I topped out at 12,000 feet be­fore bomb­ing down, and the Skarstind breathed well enough to keep my base­layer pretty dry through it all.”

$525; 1 lb. 4 oz.; m’s S-XXL, helly­hansen.com

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