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Monday, March 12, 2012
The North Face Jammu Jacket ($399)

By Gabe Glosband
ESPN.com

Because nobody likes skiing in a garbage bag, opt for this waterproof jacket instead.

If you've spent time walking for your turns or jumping in and out of trams, you probably have countless stories about temperature regulation issues. As skiers, we dream about having a truly windproof, waterproof jacket that doesn't make you cut weight like a wrestler wearing a garbage bag. Thanks to some help from Polartec, it looks like The North Face has designed the jacket of your dreams.

WHAT IT IS:
The North Face Jammu Jacket was designed to couple the comfort and breathability of a softshell with the weather and waterproof performance of a hardshell. The key is the new Polartec Neoshell fabric, which is the first truly breathable, fully waterproof, temperature regulating fabric. The Jammu is lined with a soft-brushed interior fabric to keep you extra warm and comfortable. Other features include a fully adjustable helmet compatible hood, massive skin friendly hand-warmer pockets and pit-zips in case you run extra hot.

WHY IT RULES:
The North Face's use of Polartec's Neoshell fabric allows for serious breathablitly. Unlike most fabrics, this stuff is able to breathe before it gets hot and therefore it eliminates humidity from inside the jacket before it develops. Athletes such as world-renowned alpine climber Conrad Anker says, "After a sweat inducing hike to the base of a climb, I'll strip down to my skin, give my base layers a chance to dry and wear the Jammu Jacket next to my skin. The fuzzy interior feels warm and comfy. Once I evaporate the Jammu is set to keep me dry on a pitch of ice."

WHERE TO FIND IT:
Find the Jammu online at Thenorthface.com.