Atlantis Weather Gear is designed by and for sailors, so waterproof is a given. The new Aegis Jacket adds some practical features that anyone in wet conditions will appreciate. A heavily reinforced zippered pocket on the lower left sleeve provides a protective entranceway for a smart phone or GPS device, which then slides further into a touch-conducive transparent window. The company’s intention was to aid sailors navigating by GPS on their personal electronic devices, but hikers and skiers will be equally appreciative. Or, just listen to music or make phone calls — ideally via a Bluetooth earphone (not included).
Available in tellingly named High Risk Red, the jacket also has a high visibility stowaway hood, a double storm flap on the main zipper, a fleece-lined collar, roomy hand pockets and a chest pocket with flap-covered zippers, and an internal mesh drop pocket with a draw cord for securing contents. Polyurethane laminated cuffs seal out water with an assist from built-in Velcro tab closures. Despite its storm-defying design, the Aegis is neither stiff nor heavy, and has enough breathability to let sweat out.
Aegis Jacket in M, L, or XL (women should order one size down) is $350 at www.atlantisweathergear.com.