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ARC’TERYX Sentinel LT Jacket $649
New from Arc’teryx, the Sentinel LT is a bit of a departure (in the right direction) for the brand when it comes to a longer, tailored freeride fit and subtle color-blocking. Three-layer Gore-tex with a C-knit backer makes this waterproof, windproof jacket soft and packable. Gone is the stiff, techy crunch common among premium jackets. The POSSE appreciated thoughtful details Arc’teryx is known for, like a helmet-compatible hood and watertight pit zips that are easily accessed while wearing a pack. Weighing just 560 grams, the Sentinel LT is a jacket you’ll reach for season after season spent in the backcountry.
BURTON AK Gore-tex Kimmy Anorak Jacket $600
Burton added durability this season to the Kimmy Fasani-inspired three-layer design, which includes fully taped seams and water-resistant zippers. “This would be a prime Pacific Northwest jacket for in or out of bounds,” says Seattle-based skier Heather Hansman. “It’s a good blend of style and function—i got more compliments in this jacket than anything else I’ve worn.” The POSSE especially appreciated the anorak’s accommodating fit around the hips, massive mesh-free pit venting, and a side-entry zipper that makes it easy to pull on and off, even over a helmet. “This jacket has a highend design and materials in a modern cut with great prints and tech specs that stand up to anything out there without looking too ‘alpine,’” says Michelle Nicholson of Driggs, Idaho.
PATAGONIA Departer Jacket $349
Constructed with recycled polyester and topped with a DWR finish, the Departer is durable enough for ripping around the resort and exploring quick hits in the backcountry. The POSSE praised the simple design and soft fabric, along with smart pocket placement. Most impressive: The two-layer shell also features a 100 percent recycled Gore-tex face fabric at one of the best price points we’ve seen from the brand. And, Patagonia will repair any wear and tear that happens from regular use in an effort to keep this jacket in the mountains and out of the landfill.
THE NORTH FACE Purist Jacket $549
A full-featured hardshell built for long days on the skin track, the Purist has vents in the pits and arms to keep things nice and breathable, while reinforced ripstop material adds durability and stretch. The cut of the jacket is more freeride with added length in the torso for extra coverage of your backside. “The fit is primo,” says Heather Hansman. “The articulation in the shoulders and back was great.” A helmet-compatible drop hood and a clean, trim profile inspires ninjalike stealth skiing through the trees.