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OUR TAKE Happy co­in­ci­dence: This eco-friendly, two-layer shell is also the most af­ford­able model in the test. It’s made from polyester that’s re­cy­cled from ocean plas­tic trash, through a part­ner­ship with the en­vi­ron­men­tal group Parley for the Oceans. Com­fort bonus: The poly also gives the Swift a flexy, soft­shell-like feel that’s great for all-day wear.

THE DE­TAILS Sleeves are long enough to cover the wrists while skin­ning; an ad­justable hem sealed out snow on deep pow­der days; and a slightly baggy cut let us layer up, but it’s not so big that ex­cess ma­te­rial gets in the way. The hood fits neatly over a bare head or beanie, but it’s too tight to fit over a ski hel­met. Trade­off: The hood is non­ad­justable.

TRAIL CRED “While pulling a kid car­rier loaded with a tod­dler, food, beer, and gear 3 miles into Col­orado’s Shrine Moun­tain Inn with temps in the 30s, I got a bit clammy but not too swampy, de­spite the lack of pit zips,” re­ports one heroic par­ent. $139; 14.9 oz.; m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-XL; adi­da­sout­

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