Ready for the Shoulder Seasons

The Best Windbreakers Offer Stowability, Performance and Protection


October 26, 2015 Buying Guides By
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Back in the day, a windbreaker’s sole purpose was to block the wind. And maybe the rain, but that was more often reserved for rain jackets. With today’s breed of windbreakers, however, that’s changed. Most resist the wind and the rain; they’re also designed to optimize performance, whether that’s running along the East River, hiking in the Pacific Northwest or picking pumpkins with the nephew. Windbreakers that are less performance-based can accent more urban attire — without making you overheat. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s a windbreaker that can accommodate you. Ten of our favorites are below.

Left to Right, Top to Bottom:
Lululemon Return of the Mac Jacket $198
Battenwear Packable Anorak $159+
Snow Peak Rain & Wind Resistance Jacket $250
Patagonia Alpine Houdini $199
K-Way Claude Klassic $54
Mountain Standard MS010 Packable Wind Jacket $85
Rains Anorak $107
Nike Windrunner $85
Marmot Vapor Trail Hoody $170
Helly Hansen VTR Helium Jacket $90