Patagonia Exosphere

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Patagonia-Exosphere$350; patagonia.com

“It’s like wearing armor,” said one tester after a two-week stint in perpetually weather-beaten south Patagonia, during which he rarely took the jacket off. “From climbing to sea kayaking to horseback riding, this jacket is perfect for the cold and wet, and it handles abrasion better than just about any other shell I’ve seen.” The secret is a three-layer, 70-denier ripstop nylon with Patagonia’s H2No waterproof-breathable membrane and a DWR finish. At 17 oz., this is a jacket for wearing into battle, not a just-incase shell that never comes out of your pack.



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