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  • Mammut Aenergy Jacket

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    Mammut Aenergy Jacket

    Tanner Jackson

    The Mammut Aenergy Jacket was the warmest aerobic softshell I tested this season. The Aenergy excelled as a dry-weather nordic skiing or snowshoeing top. 

    $ 190

  • Ibex Breakaway II Jacket

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    Ibex Breakaway II Jacket

    Tanner Jackson

    The Ibex Breakaway II’s stretch-woven nylon/wool shell shed early-morning mists easily. Ibex blends unmatched breathability and streamlined warmth in an understated active softshell.

  • Helly Hansen Racing Light Jacket

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    Helly Hansen Racing Light Jacket

    Tanner Jackson

    The Helly Hansen Racing Light jacket is a svelte wind jacket for those who believe training is as much about being seen as it is about working out. 

    $ 300

  • Helly Hansen Challenger Jacket

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    Helly Hansen Challenger Jacket

    Tanner Jackson

    The Helly Hansen Challenger is a lightweight aerobic training jacket suitable for light aerobic workouts in cool, dry conditions. 

    $ 200

  • Adidas Terrex Swift Mountain Summer Jacket

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    Adidas Terrex Swift Mountain Summer Jacket

    Tanner Jackson

    The Adidas Terrex Swift Mountain Summer Jacket is no running jacket, and is thus a rather unconventional Best in Class for Aerobic Softshells. 

    $ 120

  • Stio Vescent Jacket

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    Stio Vescent Jacket

    Tanner Jackson

    The Stio Vescent gets our Best in Class award this season for its versatile and uncomplicated performance. We felt that it was nearly everything an all-mountain softshell should be.

    $ 229

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