Let’s get this out of the way—the Switch ain’t cheap. But it’s also one of the only truly year-round, virtually bombproof shells we’ve come across. Heavy ripstop nylon and stronger-than-average stitching keeps this jacket looking like new, no matter how much you abuse it. The fairly lightweight (jacket weighs in under a pound) Polartec NeoShell fabric sloughs off snow as easily as it deflects mid-summer gully-washers, yet remains highly breathable because of its fibrous membrane. Just pair it with a puff jacket when the snow flies, and this summertime shell instantly becomes a cold weather go-to.