Chill Chasers: The Best New Shell Jackets for Every Adventure

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A shell jacket doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. It can singlehandedly keep your runs, hikes, and time on the mountain from becoming a sufferfest, simply by keeping you dry, dumping excess heat and moisture, and adding an extra layer of warmth when you need it.

The Best Midlayer Jackets to Keep You Warm and Dry This Season

A great shell can handle fall’s mixed bag of weather—from sunny and dry to damp and chilly. And some of our favorites of fall 2019 wear like, well, typical outdoor jackets, boosting their versatility. They can even be layered up when the temperature drops to chase the chill.

Cirque Shell from Black Diamond Equipment

1. Cirque Shell from Black Diamond Equipment

If your fall involves technical hiking or adventures that need a full range of movement, the elastane in the Cirque Shell’s double-weave nylon outer layer stretches four ways, so it won’t hold you back.

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2. Takashima from Picture
Built for the mountains, fleece panels line the torso and vent moisture while PrimaLoft Eco insulation keeps the arms and core warm. The jacket is thin enough to layer over for more warmth come winter. 

3. Mallet Jacket from Burton

As body heat rises, the fibers in Burton’s liner shrink, letting heat escape; then as you cool down, they plump to retain warmth. This vintage-looking bomber is at home during those indoor-outdoor pub crawls. 

4. Tasman Jacket from Jack Wolfskin
This hybrid puffy is not what you expect: The arms and back feel like a comfy, stretchy fleece, but your chest is protected by baffles of stitch-free duck down. The heat-welded insulation won’t sag over time. 
5. D$ from Flylow Gear
Before workouts, reach for a layer designed to keep you dry. This track jacket’s polyester shell is breathable and stretchy, with a sweat-wicking brushed interior. For added warmth, layer it under a puffy.