A good shell is a necessity for those that spend their winter days deep in the mountains. Whether the mercury is rising and you wear it on your own, or if it’s plummeting and you pair it with a series of layers, the versatility provided by a good shell is hard to beat. That’s’ why, this week in Collected we decided to round up twelve of our favorites from brands that you can rely on. Continue below to check out everything from the most packable, to the most technical and fashionable, we left no stone unturned in this week’s Collected round-up. As always, make sure to check back next week for another collection of our favorite goods.
Airblaster Beast Jacket
The Airblaster Beast jacket will be your new favorite companion on backcountry missions. Outfitted with a minimal three-layer construction, the Beast has everything you need for a day deep in the mountains, and nothing you don’t. What’s more, this ultra-waterproof jacket from Airblaster comes with two extra large vents that double as a skin pocket, so you can keep your temperature properly regulated and your skins from freezing on trips into the mountains.
686 GLCR Gore-Tex Multi Shell
The Multi Jacket from 686 is designed to be the ultimate-do-anything option, designed with high-performance materials, numerous integrated features, and a packable design that makes the Multi the most technically advance and versatile 686 jacket ever. Getting a little warm while skinning through the backcountry? Take advantage of the Multi’s backpack straps and let the jacket hang out of the way for your ascent. Wherever your adventure takes you, the Multi can handle it.
The North Face X Vans Balfron Jacket
This season The North Face collaborated with Vans and team rider, Blake Paul, to design an ultra-durable yet lightweight waterproof shell that tips it’s hat to vintage styling while remaining full of the modern tech that you have come to love from The North Face. With underarm vents to keep you cool, a hood and powderskirt with gripper elastic to keep you protected on powder days, and thumbhole loops to stop snow from reaching up your sleeves, this one of a kind collaboration will keep you warm and dry without sacrificing on style.
Holden M-51 Fishtail 3L Jacket
The M-51 Fishtail from Holden takes all of the style you have come to love from Holden over the years, and brings it into the modern age with enough tech to withstand even the harshest storms. Breathable? Check. Waterproof? Check. Stylish, adaptable, and durable? Check, check, check. Feel good and look better everywhere from the city streets to the highest peaks this season in the latest offerings from Holden.
Volcom Stone Gore-Tex Jacket
The Stone Gore-Tex jacket from Volcom is simple yet rugged, offering premium water-proofing, a breathable two-layer construction, and enough vents to ensure you regulate temperature properly on a day spent deep in the mountains. Match this coat with a pair of pants from Volcom, and you can utilize the Zip Tech Jacket-to-pant interface to guarantee no snow gets down your pants or up your coat on days when things get deep.
ThirtyTwo TM-20 Jacket
Don’t let wet weather slow you down with ThirtyTwo’s highest-rated water-repellent jacket. This 20K two-layer shell has a flat finish, fully taped seams, fleece zonal panels, a snap lock jacket-to-pant interface, and ThirtyTwo’s signature phone leash system that allows you to use your phone on the chairlift without fear of dropping it. Look good while you feel good this winter, and pick up the TM-20 from ThirtyTwo.
Burton x Carhartt WIP Wakeby 3L Parka Jacket
This year Burton collaborated with Carhartt WIP to bring you a vintage workwear-inspired coat with all of Burton’s modern tech you could need. This stylish jacket is a prime example of when a product lands at the intersection of fashion and function, and is sure to turn heads everywhere from the mountain to the local watering hole and back.
Dakine Sawtooh Gore-Tex 3L Jacket
The Dakine Sawtooth jacket is designed for the worst weather you might encounter. A Gore-Tex three-layer construction guarantees that you will stay dry even in the wettest PNW weather, while the ample pockets will keep your goggles, phone, and other mountain necessities close at hand. Never fear not being prepared for the elements again with the Sawtooth from Dakine.
Patagonia Powslayer Jacket
The Patagonia Powslayer is a tried and true durable shell that will keep you warm and dry even in the harshest conditions. Its super durable 40-denier nylon ripstop construction will protect you from tears when ripping through the trees, and its minimalist design will keep you light and ready to hike for that deep pow stash you’ve been dreaming up all summer long.
adidas BB Snowbreaker Jacket
The adidas BB Snowbreaker jacket is a vintage-inspired modern day anorak shell that perfectly blends performance with adidas’ heritage. Keep all your necessities handy with the anorak-styled zip pocket, and feel good about this addition to your closet knowing that you can have both style and function without breaking the bank.
DC Rampart Snow Jacket
The Rampart Snow jacket from DC is a modern take on the classic anorak. This shell has all of the waterproofing needs you rely on for a day when things turn wet, but also comes with the ultra-packable abilitiy to fold into itself when temps rise and you don’t need it. Pack smart, and pack light this year with the Rampart from DC.