What: Arc’teryx Atom SL Hoody
Why I chose it: I have packed this jacket every weekend since I got it and worn it every morning biking to work. It is an all-around wonder. The jacket is super lightweight, but still keeps the wind out and has just enough insulation around your core to keep body heat in. The full front zipper lets you dump heat fast if it does too good of a job insulating. I plan to transition this piece into winter as a midlayer; I know it will be perfect for backcountry ski trips when you are building too much heat for a full shell but need to block the wind. I have had a lot of jackets and this is undoubtedly one of my favorites I have ever owned because it is so versatile. So far it has performed great climbing, biking, and mountaineering; I can’t wait to try it on skis!