As winter ends and spring threatens (at least to snow lovers), Nau moves seamlessly between brisk crosswinds and splashing car tires. The comforting feel of this waterproof, ripstop model is a contrast to the striking, sharp lines 21oz Ternary brings to every moment; while the poly is 100% recycled, the look is clearly Nau unleashed. The deep, zip-plus-snap front pocket got raves for secure storage while extended pit zips added to the jacket’s utility for adrenaline sports. An asym front zipper was a conversation-starter as was the pleated front chest pocket; Ternary is not for the innovation- or style-shy athlete. Back on Denver’s streets, Nau gave us no reason to switch to a less capable jacket.