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Mountain Hardwear Carve and Edge Jackets : Backcountry Bombers

The season's first big snowstorm had blanketed the Colorado Rockies with so much snow that, skiing through the muffled pine forest, I would've sworn it was February.

For my first day back on skis, I'd zipped into my new ensemble, the Mountain Hardwear Carve Jacket and Pant. The flakes were flying, so I raised my arms to adjust the hood around my face, and heard--nothing. Instead of the itchy, crackling noise technical fabrics often make when I move, I reveled in silence as the ultra-supple Carve followed my body's movements without making a sound. Articulated sleeves make a big difference, too, when I'm in action.

This Gore-Tex jacket feels luscious, almost buttery, and the microfleece lining inside the jacket's collar heightens the soft feel. The Carve is as full-featured as they come: Pit zips, a removable powder skirt, pockets positioned away from backpack straps and hip belt, and an MP3 pocket and ports for my iPod. There's even a nifty, transparent ski pass sleeve built into the hem that makes it easy to flash my pass at the lifties as I queue up for another run.

The hood fits comfortably over a helmet. When I'm not wearing one, I use the adjustable pull-cords to achieve a trim profile. I also have the option of removing the hood. I like that the jacket's outer arms, upper back, and shoulders--places on the body where snow tends to settle--are lined with a warm, waffle-textured fleece material for extra warmth without bulk. I was glad for the subtle insulation as the early-season storm dumped snow fast and hard. The Carve is cut longer (27") than many of my other outdoor jackets so I get more coverage over my stomach and no-gap coverage between jacket and pant.

This sweet soft shell is available in a men's style, called the Edge Jacket, which comes in four colors: lava/titanium, cinder/ember, shark, and orb blue/classic navy. Sizes S-XXL. The women's Carve is available in three colors (persimmon/brownie, chapparal/helio, and hay/chapparal) and sizes XS-XL.

Bottom LIne: A bomber combo that affords superior weather protection and unhindered freedom of movement for resort and back country skiing.--K.B. (11/07)

Price: $395

BUY ONLINE : Backcountry ski and snowboard gear, camping, Moosejaw.com , www.usoutdoor.com

Manufacturer's Site: www.mountainhardwear.com

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