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OUR TAKE Our lanki­est testers loved this shell’s cut. “I strug­gle to find jack­ets with long-enough sleeves and tor­sos that aren’t baggy,” re­ports one 6’9” skier. “But this jacket fit me well with­out hav­ing to size up, and the cut is ath­letic while still leav­ing room for a puffy.” Strafe doesn’t of­fer ex­tended siz­ing; it just in­cludes de­tails that cater to peo­ple who can reach the top shelf. Ex­tended sleeves pre­vent the dreaded wrist gap even for the long-limbed, and the hem kept snow out of our pants even when we bent and reached. Trade­off: The Cham is the heav­i­est hard­shell in the test.

THE DE­TAILS High-set chest pock­ets fit gog­gles and skins (there are also two in­te­rior mesh pock­ets and a sleeve pocket); the two-way ad­justable hood fits a hel­met (it’s a bit baggy with­out one); and the chamoislined hood is soft against the face. Strafe’s pro­pri­etary three-layer mem­brane left us sticky on up­hills, but pit zips helped air things out.

TRAIL CRED “The Cham’s am­ple four-way stretch means no pinched shoul­ders on pole plants and reaches,” said one rangy tester af­ter a day spent lap­ping Tuck­er­man Ravine in New Hamp­shire. $499; 1 lb. 4 oz.; m’s XS-XL; strafe­outer­

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