2016 Waterproof Arcteryx Jackets Preview

“More and more, the technical consumer is looking for products that span a wider array of conditions, moving ever-closer to the holy grail of ‘quiver-of-one’ type pieces,” said Jordan Wand, vice president of product and marketing at Outdoor Research.

The waterproof layer is on the outside—harkening back to the rain-slicker look—for a tough exterior that still breathes and prevents wetting out. Seam and shoulder tapes beg for a backpack, and the brand’s Omni-Wick Evap aids airflow across the skin. Columbia’s new waterproof shell aims to prevent wetting out by putting the waterproof layer on the outside of the jacket.

Breathable waterproof shells continue to test new layer combinations and coating technology, and of course, weight remains a selling point. Heading into spring ‘16, the Berghaus Hyper Jacket ($155) claims the lightest waterproof full-zip jacket at roughly 3.5 oz. Mammut adds stretch to its popular ultra-light MTR 201 Rainspeed jacket ($179).

Two new air-permeable hardshell technologies are ready for testing. Marmot shows off its three-layer NanoPro fabric in the men’s Red Star Jacket ($299). Outdoor Research uses AscentShell 20D ripstop fabric in its 11-ounce Precipice Jacket ($279) – its own take on the air-permeable hardshell.

Outdoor Research’s new jacket, made of AscentShell 20D ripstop fabric, weighs in at 11 ounces. Arc’teryx mixed Coreloft insulation and fleece for its summer Atom SL Hoody ($229) wind shell.