Spring Gear: Merrell Softshell

Merrell Ever Jacket

Having mastered technology at

the ground level, footwear wiz Merrell has set its sights higher by launching an outerwear line. The softshell Ever Jacket ($119) suits a wide range of conditions, key for spring use. It's light enough to wear solo on a corn-snow day but can be easily layered under a shell when the spring Sierra squalls blow in. It's also admirably comfortable for athletic wear. For more information, visit




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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.