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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Crazy Idea Repeat Jacket
Two halves make a whole. The Repeat race jacket from Crazy Idea can be snapped together with the matching pant to make a full suit. The fabric is PowerKler, the same stuff found in the Crazy race suits that is smooth to the touch and might make you younger. But now you can enjoy your race-efficiency with or without pants. The Repeat top has two stomach stashes that you access by zi..
$159.95
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 ..
$159.95
Dynafit DNA Training Jacket
The DNA is a two-piece training and racing getup from Dynafit. Featuring the Nilit® Innergy fabric technology, the DNA jacket is a tight fitting top that helps you get to the top. Innergy is a nylon 66 fiber that reflects heat as infrared rays, which purportedly causes an increase in performance due to deep heating. Whether or not that cuts down your time, the jacket looks cool and..
$209.95
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 $149.95
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 ..
$229.95
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..
$178.95 From $139.95
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..
$179.95
La Sportiva Syborg Racing Vest
Get all the features of a skimo top without those unsightly arms (sold separately, tic). Stuff your skins in your shirt without taking off your pack. Store your hydration next to your heat center so it doesn’t freeze up. Secure you beacon, headlamp, and energy in specially designed compartments. All this with a stretchy slim fit covering just your important parts. If elbow freedom ..
$158.95
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...
$149.95
Crazy Idea Nitro Jacket
The Nitro is a lightweight ski mountaineering jacket made with breathable Crazy Endurance fabric. That means it’s also abrasion resistant and repels dirt and water. Just what you want in a jacket for ill-defined mountain adventures. The Nitro has an ergonomic cut and the fabric is stretch woven so it won’t inhibit your progress. The jacket has modern Italian styling and matching fu..
$199.95 $169.95
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 $149.95
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..
$199.95 $159.95
Dynafit SpeedFit Windstopper Jacket
Dynafit’s Speedfit Windstopper Jacket is the best of both worlds: protection and breathability. The main chest, shoulder, and bicep panel is made of Gore Windstopper which takes the bite off even the most ambitious gusts. The fabric is also extremely abrasion resistant, which makes it great for the main panel and shoulder section. It’s not optimal for the lower torso, elbow and hoo..
$349.95
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. ..
$149.95
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 $179.95
Dynafit TLT 3L Jacket
The TLT 3L is a hard shell that is so light, packable, and breathable 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 breathable. Dynafit accomplishes this with a top secret weave of nylon and spandex. The 3L jacket ha..
$299.95
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 breathability. It remains wind-resis..
$229.95
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 ..
$249.95
La Sportiva Task Hybrid Jacket
A jacket for a hybrid of tasks, this La Sportiva creation is a combination of insulation and breathability. Perfect for the times you need an additional thermal layer but don’t want to sweat, the Task Hybrid jacket is a well-designed lightweight backup. 40g of Primaloft Silver Active insulation help retain some core body heat while the Spirex construction lets you use your arms and..
$138.95
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 breathable type. “Filled” is in quotes because the j..
$249.95
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 $149.95
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..
$349.95
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..
$149.95
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..
$99.95
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..
$138.95
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..
$99.95 $79.95
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..
$108.95
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
Crazy Idea Sonic Pull
Gone are the days when going “base-layer-less” during a race or warm spring tour is the only way to keep your core temperature in check. Most of the time, baselayers are thought of as a way to stay warm, but unbeknownst to many, they can also play a big role in keeping you cool. The fish-net design seen on the Sonic Pull (shirt) is incredibly popular among the cycling community, es..
$79.95
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