Patagonia has always focused on the environmental impact of its clothing, and this year it has a development to be proud of: All of its waterproof shells — 61 styles — are now made with 100% recycled materials. (They’re also sewn in fair trade-certified facilities, which is another reason you can feel good about them.) Of course, the reason Patagonia has been successful making environmentally-friendly products is that they deliver the goods in terms of performance. Its SnowDrifter Jacket, available for both men and women, is an excellent choice for those looking to spend a lot of time on the slopes this winter. The lightweight, waterproof and breathable three-layer shell offers the wearer full range of motion for comfort going downhill or testing skills in a terrain park. The helmet-compatible hood has a soft, laminated visor to help with visibility, and it can be easily adjusted for a secure fit. You can open the long pit zips to help prevent overheating, and an adjustable powder skirt can be cinched tight to keep out the cold or lie flat when you don’t need it. For those backcountry skiers and snowboarders, there’s a RECCO avalanche reflector embedded in the jacket, making it easier for mountain rescuers to find you. The jacket even has a secure, waterproof pocket on the chest for your phone or other media. So feel good about your purchase’s impact on the environment — and know you’ll be ready to go when the snow comes this winter.
Price: $399, patagonia.com