Light and fast jackets consist of stretchy, breatheable material woven with useful features. One such feature is skin pockets, which let you stash your skins in a place you can access without taking off your pack. Ventilation is also key; look for back mesh, ventilation zips, and other efficient ideas.

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Millet Touring Intense Jacket
Eat up elevation gain. That’s the slogan Millet uses for the Touring Intense Jacket. It certainly won’t prevent you from doing such, since it’s an ultralight stretch top designed for high-performance touring and racing. The X-Fit™ cut hugs your body while the mesh back vents your sweat. Two skin pockets on the chest reduce the need to take off your pack. An inside beacon pocket is ..
Millet Touring Intense Jacket - Women
The Millet Touring Intense is an ultralight technical jacket for high-performance touring and skimo racing. The sporty fit matches female ergonomics, allowing you to move freely while skinning and skiing. The stretch top has two large chest pockets for stashing skins while you’re skiing downhill, removing the need to take off your pack. In fact, when skinning in safe areas where yo..
Millet Pierra Menta Jacket
With pockets to stash your skins and a lycra stash hood, the Pierra Ment’ Jacket is perfect for skiing your secret stashes. Millet focused on abrasion resistance and breathability, choosing the Vueltex Knit fabric to get there. It’s a combination of nylon, polyester, and elastane that moves with you and won’t chafe. A bit thicker and warmer than the hoodie, the jacket is still ligh..
$179.95 $159.95
Dynafit PDG Jacket
We’re not sure whether Dynafit named this jacket after the ski or the race. It seems to be suited for either. Speaking of being suited, wearing the PDG Jacket will have you half way to being fully suited. With the stretch pockets in front for stashing your skins and a stretchy feel throughout, it’s not a stretch to say the jacket is suited for speed. Also, it has a hood, so that’s ..
$199.95 $149.95
La Sportiva Syborg Racing Jacket
Exactly one-half of the La Sportiva Syborg suit, the Racing Jacket still features full quality. If you are too modest to wear skin-tight pants, you can still benefit from all the handy features found in the upper portion of race suits. That includes skin stowage, bottle stowage, transceiver stowage, food stowage, and headlamp stowage. You might not even need to carry luggage throug..
Millet Pierra Menta Hoodie - Women
The PM hoodie is possibly the most comfortable jacket on the market. Designed for ski touring, the model is versatile enough to use for running, snowshoeing, and other mountain adventures. The Pierra Menta provides just the right amount of warmth without causing unnecessary perspiration. The hoodie has a body-hugging fit tailored to a woman’s physique, with some nice integrated fea..
Millet Pierra Menta Hoodie
The Pierra Ment’ Hoodie is specifically designed for efficient ski mountaineering. Four way stretch material, external pockets for skins, and a balaclava-style hood will have you up and down the mountain quickly and comfortably. The full-zip hoodie from Millet uses a proprietary Vueltex Knit fabric that is flexible, breathable, and resistant to abrasion. The Pierra Menta-inspired t..
Millet Pierra Menta Jacket - Women
The Millet Pierra Menta Jacket is light, breatheable, and most importantly comfortable. It’s designed for active ski touring and casual race training. The Vueltex Knit fabric has a soft, brushed lining that feels great on the skin but isn’t too tight for an under layer on colder days. Two large side-zip pockets can hold small-to-medium size skins or anything you’d like to have avai..
La Sportiva Syborg Racing Jacket - Women
It’s about time some women’s race clothing made its way onto the continent. Now there is one less hurdle for skyrocketing participation numbers. Don’t think the Syborg Racing Jacket can only be used for racing however, as once you become addicted to skin suit functionality, it is hard to tour or train without it. Stuff your skins in the front pocket at the top, keep your hydration ..
Millet Pierra Menta Speed Jacket
A new minimalist jacket in the Pierra Ment’ line from Millet. The Speed version is a soft Vueltex® Knit like the others, but in a trimmer X-Fit cut and a lighter overall package. The thumbhole cuffs and non-slip gripper elastic in the hem hold the jacket in place while you’re on the move. A comfortable adjustable collar and full-zip closure make the Speed Jacket a pleasure to wear...
Dynafit Racing Windstopper Jacket
The Dynafit classic Racing Windstopper Jacket has been revived. It combines Gore Windstopper™ on the front panel to shield you from your own speed, and flexible water-repellent softshell on the arms to help you stay frictionless and dry at any speed. While these materials breathe well, the true ventilation genius is on the back of the jacket, where mesh inserts allow for air flow w..
$199.95 $139.95
Dynafit TLT Jacket
Similar to the pant, the TLT is Dynafit’s new namesake jacket. Featuring Silvershell material woven in way that doesn’t require a membrane, the jacket is more stretchy and breathable than similar kit. The weave still provides a good amount of wind-resistance and water-repellency with some bonus abrasion resistance. The TLT jacket features and active cut and has skin pockets up fron..
Dynafit Thermal Hoodie 2.0
The Thermal Hoodie is an awesome Technostretch jacket for casual racing and training. Made by Italian manufacturer and tongue-twister Pontetorto, the fabric is a light blend of polyester and spandex woven into a grid pattern that makes it warm and breathable. The waffle structure on the inside enhances moisture wicking and the 4-way stretch design keeps everything moving with you. ..
Crazy Idea Cervino Jacket
The Cervino kit from Crazy Idea is race-inspired top and bottom with a thin fleece lining that makes it a bit warmer that the Repeat. Sleek on the outside, soft on the in, the jacket is great for long training days, casual touring, and ski mountaineering. The shoulders and upper arms are Schoeller, which is a softshell material that offers a good level of weather protection. The ma..
$219.95 $169.95
Crazy Idea Cervino Jacket - Women
Like the pants, the Cervino jacket is smooth to the touch and is designed to flow with you. It has a women’s specific fit that is locked into place with thumbholes on the sleeves and an elastic waist. Crazy Idea used a proprietary Vuelta knit to achieve the stretchiness, and flat locked seams prevent any chafing. Inside is a light fleece lining that is just enough to keep you warm ..
$169.95 $139.95
Dynafit TLT 3L Jacket
The TLT 3L is a hard shell that is so light, packable, and breatheable that you might actually want to use it when moving efficiently. 3L stands for 3-layer, which is a specific subtype of proprietary Dynashell™ fabric. The three layers can be thought of as waterproof, windproof, and breatheable. Dynafit accomplishes this with a top secret weave of nylon and spandex. The 3L jacket ..
Dynafit Mercury 2 Jacket
The Mercury 2 ski touring jacket retains the same functionality as the original, just with a better “hand”. To translate the apparel industry-speak, that means it just feels nicer. A light brushed lining is woven into the shell making it feel soft and inviting inside. Dynafit also changed the shell material-mix, adding a bit more flexibility and breatheability. It remains wind-resi..
Dynafit Mercury Softshell Jacket
If you've ever struggled to open a pit zip while muscling uphill with your backpack on, you will appreciate the ingenious location of the ventilation zippers on the Dynafit Mercury Softshell Jacket. Starting just behind the outside of your shoulder, they are a cinch to grab with one hand and won't get trapped under your pack straps. A great feature on an classic, stretch-woven soft..
$219.95 $149.95
Dynafit Mercury 2 Jacket - Women
Dynafit’s Mercury 2 Jacket is considered core to their line of apparel. That means they are especially proud of the design that features a comfortable brushed lining woven into a weather-protectant shell. As they should be, the Mercury is a nice, lightweight jacket that helps regulate your temperature while ski touring. The stretch-woven fabric moves with you and breathes, while..
Dynafit Mercury Softshell Jacket - Women
A unique blend of 88% nylon and 12% elastane gives the Mercury Softshell weather resistance and breathability without the use of an expensive membrane. Dynafit wove the light, highly-elastic fabric into an athletic cut softshell that is perfect for aerobic movement in cold weather. The designers even sprinkled in unique features such as pit zip vents strategically located behind th..
$219.95 $149.95
Millet Touring Shield Jacket
Specifically designed for ski touring, the Touring Shield Jacket from Millet provides an excellent balance between breathability and protection. Constructed with wicking-treated Polartec® Powershield Light and Stretch fabric, the jacket features large underarm zips and core-venting chest pockets to keep you from overheating and soaking in your own sweat. It's also designed to prote..
$299.95 $199.95
Millet LTK Hybrid Neo Jacket
Due to its high cost, it is wise to use Polartec® NeoShell® fabric in only strategic places. That is exactly what Millet did with the LTK Hybrid Neo jacket. The most breathable shell material on the market is used on the hood and shoulders to offer protection from the elements. The core of the jacket uses Millet’s impressive XCS 100 material that is tough, flexible and also fairly ..
Dynafit Mezzalama Alpha Jacket
Named after one of the “big three” skimo races, the Mezzalama Jacket from Dynafit was designed for it. In other words, long, cold races and/or training sessions. Of course, any kind of skiing can be considered training, so feel free to just keep it your pack. It’s “filled” with 100g of Polartec Alpha insulation, which is the most breatheable type. “Filled” is in quotes because the ..
Millet Alpha Composite Jacket
Millet calls it a “new-generation hybrid” jacket which seems appropriate. The dual-natured Touring Alpha is a slick composite of insulated and soft shell jackets. Power Stretch® Pro back and side panels are combined with Polartec® Alpha insulation on the front and arms to make an amazing jacket for touring and ski mountaineering. Alpha is Polartec’s new state-of-the-art insulation ..
$219.95 $159.95
CAMP ED Protection Jacket
The ED Protection is the best selling CAMP jacket for good reason. It's the perfect puffy for pulling out of your pack after a fast ascent and throwing on over your softshell and helmet. Weighing in at just 450 grams (15.9 ounces), the warm white goose down and weather proof Hitex shell will halt the chill that is creeping in. It can then pack down into its own stow-away pocket or ..
$249.95 $159.95
Millet Trilogy Synthesis Down Jacket - Women
The Trilogy Synthesis is a bit of a revolution in down jacket technology. Using a Seamless weaving technology, Millet was able to baffle the feathers without using a sewing machine. That means there are no holes through the nylon like in every other down jacket. Which means the jacket is warmer and significantly more waterproof than the competition. It’s also a bit lighter since th..
Millet Trilogy Synthesis Down Hoodie
We don’t normally get excited by down jackets, but the new Seamless weaving technology from Millet is pretty impressive. Instead of sewing baffles to keep feathers in place, the French company developed a new type of loom that weaves them in place. This means the Trilogy Synthesis Down Hoodie isn’t full of needle holes which let heat out and moisture in. As a bonus, the seamless te..
Millet Heel Lift Down Jacket
If you're looking for a puffy that is ultralight and ultra packable, Millet may have the answer. Made of 90% white duck down, the Heel Lift Jacket offers good thermal protection at a mere 316 grams (11.1 ounces) [M]. It can be worn as a mid layer or as an outer layer due to the Quantum Ultra Light Pertex® ripstop nylon fabric. Two zippered handwarmer pockets are on the outside and ..
$229.95 $159.95
CAMP Flash Competition Anorak
Backless is no longer just for elegant evening gowns at the ball. With the backless Flash Competition Anorak from CAMP, you can put on and take off a shell layer without removing your pack! Carried in a pocket that attaches to the waist belt of your backpack, the anorak unfolds as you throw it over your head and clip it into place under the pack. When the weather improves, you simp..
Crazy Idea Tempest Jacket
The ~90 gram Tempest Light jacket is Crazy Idea’s answer to skimo race requirements. As a bonus, the half-zip design also happens to function well in many other pursuits. Shield yourself from the tempest when the wind picks up, or stow the jacket in its own neck pocket when things calm down. An athletic fit (for a wind jacket) and a helmet compatible hood make this a great option f..
La Sportiva Stratosphere Hoody
An interesting base layer that can hold its own in good weather. The La Sportiva Stratosphere Hoody is woven with warming blend of EKS fiber and Merino wool yarns, which make a garment optimized for cold weather athletic endeavors. Invented by the Japanese, EKS can absorb moisture and generate heat while you perspire, and the blend with wool further optimizes the temperature regula..
Millet Trilogy Wool TS LS
Millet calls the Trilogy Wool long-sleeve a “transfer layer” since it’s so good at moisture wicking. Just wear the sporty-cut shirt underneath everything and stay warm and dry. Key to the performance of the base layer is Carline® XCL 150 wool blend, which uses hollow fibers for lightweight insulation. The Trilogy TS is a seamless weave of said fibers that dump heat and moisture fro..
Millet Trilogy Wool TS LS - Women
The Trilogy Wool TS is a long-sleeve “transfer layer” from Millet. That means it transfers moisture away from you at a rapid clip, exactly want you want in a first layer. The Trilogy has a female cut of Carline XCL 150, which is a Merino wool blend with hollow fibers used as lightweight insulation. That means you’ll be warm and dry when ski touring and mountaineering. The Millet Tr..
La Sportiva Neptune 2.0 Shirt
A high-performance base layer, the women's Neptune 2.0 features the BeCool® yarn that virtually eliminates excess heat and moisture. Of course it helps that the long sleeve shirt is body-mapped with ventilation zones on the back and under the arms. The seamless construction offers all day, chafe-free comfort, perfect for under a race suit or touring top. La Sportiva went out of the..
La Sportiva Troposphere 2.0 Shirt
La Sportiva calls it seamless construction with BeCool® yarn. We call it comfortable. The Troposphere base layer is built without any seams, using a 4-way stretch fabric that is body mapped with tactical ventilation zones. The Polygiene® fabric made with the new yarn is moisture wicking with an anti-bacterial / anti-odor treatment. The lightweight long-sleeve shirt is great for wea..
Millet Carline Seamless Top
Quite possibly the most body-mapped garment we’ve ever seen. The Carline base layers are seamless with a complex weave of patterns that allow you to move and breathe. The top is designed for “sportspeople”, which is probably you. It acts as a second skin. The thermal insulation has great moisture wicking properties so you don’t get water logged when moving fast. The Carline Seamles..
$79.95 $54.95
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