Cold, damp shoulder season conditions can demand a complex combination of layers to stay warm and dry while hiking, biking, or ski touring. Or you can bring along the Big Agnes Porcupine Hooded Pullover with PrimaLoft insulation and leave the rest behind. It blocks wind in the front, stretches and breathes in the back panel, offers a deep chest zipper that allows for on-the-go temperature control, and has a warm hood that zips up to your chin when things get crazy. Riding back home from a party one cold, drizzly March night into a steady head-wind, I didn’t make it far before stopping on the side of the road to throw on my Porcupine Pullover. The rest of the ride was a dream—just enough warmth without sweating out. I had the urge to keep on riding and riding into the night. But, alas, domestic duties called. While I appreciate the trim fit and light-weight, simple design features, side pockets for warming up cold hands while you wait for a stoplight to turn green or your ski partner to finish fumbling with his beacon, would be worth the bit of extra zipper weight. MSRP: $239.95 but on sale recently for as low as $119.98. Bigagnes.com //