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- Sept. 5, 2013
-- OutdoorGearLab.com released today the results of the 2013 Editor's Choice awards for best men's hardshell jackets. OutdoorGearLab Review Team choose the following award winners after testing 21 of the industrys finest contenders in the areas of weight, mobility, breathability, durability, features and versatility. Testing involved over two years of backpacking, alpine climbing, bushwhacking, backcountry skiing, globe trotting, mountaineering, skiing, ice climbing and camping across the United States and Canada as well. See the full review here: http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/
The Arcteryx Alpha FL - http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/
Alpha-FL winner of the Editor's Choice award for 2013. As stated by Gear Editor Max Neale, "Small enough for a day hike but tough enough to hold up to serious thrashing. The Alpha FL was what our testers reached for the most. It's stylish, ergonomically fit, durable, lightweight and compact."
The Arcteryx Alpha SV - http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Hardshell-Jacket-Reviews/Ar...
winner of the Top Pick award for 2013. This award goes to a product that excells at a specific application. According to Gear Editor Neale, "The Alpha SV is the most comfortable shell tested. It's chest pockets were easily accessable and roomy. The fit was unrestricted and the zipper pulls were quick and easy. It's body armor for mountain climbers. Perfect for climbing large mountains that cross several climates."
Patagonia Super Pluma - http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Hardshell-Jacket-Reviews/Pa...
also winner of the Top Pick award for 2013. Neal explains, "The Super Plua is the most versatile of all tested. It's warm and dry and tough enough for excelling in high abrasion activities. The handwarmer pockets were also a big hit."
Rab Stretch Neo - http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Hardshell-Jacket-Reviews/Ra...
winner of Best Buy award for 2013. This award is given to a product that balances an extremely high test score with a very reasonable price. Gear Editor Max Neal shares his thoughts, "The Stretch Neo offers the most and is the best choice for the budget concious buyer. It has a lot of great features like a hood that fits over a helmet."
OutdoorGearLab LLC is a company headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Dedicated to creating world’s best outdoor gear reviews, the company performs side-by-side testing of outdoor gear and publishes the results in comparative reviews. Each product is scored across a range of weighted categories, competing products are graded, and top performing products recieve awards. The company’s web site http://www.outdoorgearlab.com, is a free resource for people who love the outdoors and participate in activities such as hiking, climbing, backpacking, and camping.