High-tech performance jackets

Brighten your outdoor activities with one of the new high-tech jackets. They’ll shield you from the elements and add flair to your moves

High-tech performance jackets

Source: Best Health magazine, October 2013; Image: Tracy Shumate

From left to right:

Patagonia Designed to stand up even on alpine climbs, this durable waterproof shell has an adjustable, helmet-compatible funnel hood with laminated visor, tabbed cuffs and zippered underarm vents. (Nylon, $230 at Sporting Life)

The North Face This shell has an adjustable hood with visor and zippered underarm vents, and a front zip covered with a Velcro sealed placket. The brand’s eco-conscious ‘Hyvent’ waterproofing technology is made with a 50 percent non-petroleum membrane. (Nylon, $130 at Sporting Life)

GapFit This wind-blocking jacket has a standing collar and hood, reflective taping and an adjustable drawstring around the hem. Vents across the upper back add breathability. (Poly-ester/spandex, $110)

Pearl Izumi With an extended back hem and zippered pocket on the lower back, this fluorescent shell is perfect for cycling. The speed-friendly lightweight fabric’the jacket weighs just 155 grams’is both wind- and water-resistant. (Polyester, $85 at Mountain Equipment Co-op)

Oakley This fleece-lined softshell has knit sleeves, hood and side panels for a snug fit, and reflective taping framing the hood and around the cuffs. (Polyester/spandex, $210)

Westcomb Made in Canada, this jacket features a velour-lined collar and helmet-compatible hood with visor. Its ‘Polartec NeoShell’ technology offers wind and water protection with comfort and breathability. ‘(Nylon/polyester/polyurethane, $430)

New Balance Stretchy side and back panels give this knit softshell a snug fit, and the brushed interior lining boosts warmth. It also has an extended back hem and reflective details. (Polyester, $150)

Canada Goose Designed to be worn on its own or layered with one of the brand’s down-filled liners (sold separately), this waterproof, breathable hiking jacket has an adjustable hood with visor, and drawcords at the waist and hem for a custom fit. (Nylon/spandex, $650)

This article was originally titled "Rainbow Protection" in the October 2013 issue of Best Health. Subscribe today to get the full Best Health experience’and never miss an issue!