Break trail in a hardshell and you'll find yourself cold and wet by the time you're ready to rip skins at the top of your line. Break trail in the Dynafit Women's Chugach WS Jacket and you'll have your skins off and your goggles on while every one else in your group wrestles with extra layers and soggy shells.The Chugach WS puts a premium on breathability thanks to its Windstopper stretch softshell that shuts out wind but remains plenty breathable to wear on the skintrack. The taped seams, three layer Windstopper shell, and DWR finish offer adequate protection from everything but the wettest snow storms, while the four way stretch face and underarm ventilation zips let you lose heat when you're really picking up the pace. When high winds make you re think your objective, lock the helmet compatible hood down, cinch the drawcord hem tight, and tighten the hook and loop adjustable cuffs to keep the wind out as you consider plan B. And when a window of clear and sunny weather makes the summit possible, pack the jacket into the hood, throw it in your pack, and move quickly to the summit without the Chugach adding a bunch of weight to your pack.