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Six Spring Softshells

Spring skiing is almost here, which means it's time to ditch the puffy and switch to a light softshell. Here are some of our favorites.

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Best Baselayers

Fall is creeping in, and it’s starting to get cooler in the mountains. Here are our picks for the best baselayers for fall hiking, climbing, and biking. Plus, they’ll all carry over perfectly to ski season.

Made 100 percent from recycled plastic water bottles, the Recycler features stretch fabric in the shoulder, a helmet-friendly hood, and two oversize chest pockets. [$300; hellyhansen.com]

10 Great Spring Jackets

Spring has sprung, so ditch the goose down and check out these lightweight jackets that are perfect for warm days on the mountain.

When it comes to keeping skiers warm, trust Norway’s Helly Hansen, which developed the first technical baselayers way back in the 1970s. Top and bottom both sport hydrophobic fibers that transport water away from your skin. Tiny patterns woven into the fabric facilitate the wicking. [$45 for the top, $55 for the bottomsl; hellyhansen.com]

Baselayers That Work

Good baselayers are the kind you don't notice: They'll wick sweat when you're hot, and keep you insulated when you're cold. If you haven't already, it's finally time to ditch those cotton baselayers. Here are eight options to upgrade your collection.

This super light, formfitting, mid-weight down jacket features a micro-chamois collar to combat zipper chafe, a one-handed draw cord for snap adjustments, and 800-fill down. $220; www.mountainhardwear.com

Best Puffy Coats

Puffy jackets have come a long way since being mocked ruthlessly by Ralphie’s little brother in “A Christmas Story.” Now, they’re engineered to be warmer, lighter and more stylish than ever before. We found eight that stood out from the crowd.