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This jacket is essentially your outer layer and midlayer in one. Inside, 800-fill goose down stitched into narrow baffles keep weight and bulk down. Outside, a two-layer 12-denier shell with DWR sheds moisture. The chest-to-hip pockets double as core vents.Weight: women’s, 16.3 oz.; men’s, 19.5 oz.[$299; eddiebauer.com/firstascent]

Our 15 Favorite Jackets

When it comes to jackets, comfort comes down to two words: waterproof and breathable. These are our favorites from softshells to storm day puffies.

Mother bought me this jacket for Christmas and I’ve worn it every ski day since, rain or shine, backcountry or lifts, Utah, Colorado, Montana, Idaho. It kept me dry, blocked the wind, and looked wicked stylish while doing so. It took a lot of abuse this season but I’m pretty confident it will continue to do so for years to come. www.flylowgear.comKevin Luby, Associate Editor

Our Favorite Gear of the Year

We get to try out a lot of gear around here, but the stuff we truly love can be rare and hard to come by. These are the goods, from boots to barbecue sauce, that we abused the heck out of this winter. We like this stuff a lot, and there's a good chance you might too.

I’ve only skied the Mastrale a hand full of times at demo days but in my opinion, it offers the best lightweight-to-downhill-performance ratio of any touring boot on the market. It’s an everyday boot for someone that prefers skin tracks over lift lines and wants to do more than swish turns in tennis shoe touring boots. Kevin Luby, assistant editor $599; scarpa.com  

Editors' Gear 2011-12

One of the perks of our jobs as editors is that a lot of shiny new gear comes through our office. It runs the gamut from baselayers that we barely ever take off to who-the-hell-came-up-with-that junk like spangled fur mittens. This is the gear that’s getting us really psyched this season. The stuff we personally use, because we think it’s the best.