Weight: 470 grams
Materials: 4-way stretch 3-Layer Polartec Neoshell; 72 percent polyester, 28 percent nylon
Features: Articulated shoulders and sleeves; seam taped; 2 mesh-lined chest pockets; 14-inch pit zips; pocket below waist belt; helmet-compatible hood; DWR finishBuy Here
Finally, one of the most core brands in the biz now offers a true lightweight backcountry shell. The Genius consists of three-layer Polartec Neoshell, a worthy Gore-Tex alternative that provides 100 percent waterproof/breathability. Weighing just 470 grams, the Genius can be worn up the skin track without making you all clammy, something lacking in previous designs. There's also zero bulk and it packs down easily—but layer up on cold days. With a helmet-compatible hood and big pockets to stash skins, the Genius has the low-pro Flylow style we've come to trust, meaning it's just as suitable for the resort as it is on hut trips.
Last but not least, the easy-to-reach pocket below the backpack waist belt is the ideal spot to store essentials like sunscreen and a lighter. Weighing just 470 grams and made out of Polartec's reliable Neoshell, this is a tough, technical jacket intended for backcountry missions that can also hang in the resort any day.
PHOTO: Van Swae