Out of Your Shell

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It's a midlayer. It's a shell. It's a casual

outerwear piece perfect for kicking around town when the lifts close. The Salomon 900 technical hoodie ($99, salomonsports.com) is a hit with style-savvy pro riders this winter-and a prime example of the versatility of the many new softshell pieces out there. What looks like a zippered, hooded sweatshirt is actually weatherproof enough to fend off the elements, but what you'll like most is its relaxed style: youthful and athletic, but not aggressively trendy.

DECEMBER 2004