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After a long and winding ascent, the balmy summer conditions of the valley are far behind and the rarefied air of the alpine pass blows briskly. It's not exactly inclement weather, but it's cool enough to warrant a dash of protection for a lunch in the meadow and for the long descent ahead. Something wind-resistant, ultra-breathable, and svelte enough to have been packed in the first place.
The Northwoods Jacket is the bantam shell in our lineup, punching well above its weight. With a full front zip and elasticized cuffs and hem, the Northwoods seals tightly against wind, while breathability is augmented by the addition of underarm mesh gussets. And at only 100 grams (3.5 oz) it disappears easily into a jersey pocket. After all, the best shell is the one you actually brought with you.