Stay warm and dry in the backcountry with this breathable synthetic.
A lightweight pant and jacket combo that packs a punch for a fraction of the price.
A softshell that saves your skin from windy, winter weather.
A light hardshell pant with superb breathability.
Editor's Choice 2013 Winner. Innovative softshell fabric for a bargain price
Beat the elements with armor-like protection.
Classic softshell for any winter sport
Keep cool on hard-charging tours
A simple yet rugged cotton softshell.
A wind-blocking nylon softshell jacket.
Complete Insulation with added hardshell-style wind and water proofing
Editor's Choice 2013: High-level performance without the price.
All-weather defense in a light and stretchy softshell.
A midlayer that pinch-hits as outerwear.
Armor for tall hikers
Unique features fit for the cold
Brawn without the bulk
The Swiss Army Knife of Hardshells
Alpine climbers' all-time favorite
For style, form, and function
A hardshell that's powder ready and made for the skier that likes to earn her turns.
Outstanding lightweight shell with serious breathability
Favorite all-season shell
This breathable hoodie is ideal for high-elevation or high-intensity trips.
Find your ideal shell with these myriad reviews.
Make a statement with this custom softshell from Wild Things.
The waterproof Marmot Nabu bridges the gap between softshell and hardshell.
The Rab Zephys/Solar pairs a multitude of features with one low price.
Explore off the beaten path with this durable softshell from Arc'teryx.
Be ready for all weather conditions with the Mammut Ultimate Light.
This ultralight adidas softshell excels in everything from daily life to daring ascents.
For cold weather activities, check out this softshell from Westcomb, a minimalist in price and weight.
The sky is the limit for this weather-resistant softshell from Outdoor Research.
What do you get when you make a down jacket water resistant and increase its loft? The Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka Hardshell.
This well-rounded hardshell from Millet suits the most varied of lifestyles.
Choose the Outdoor Research Transonic for breathability in the worst of conditions.
Freedom of movement defines this hardshell from Salomon.
Spend less with this all-around performer from Patagonia.
Go minimalist with the Montane Minimus Smock.
Stay snug in a storm with the Marmot Micro G.
Breathability and ultralight combine in this hardshell from Westcomb.
The breathability of this hardshell from Bergans provides comfort in all conditions.
For comfort in Myriad conditions, look no further than this hardshell from Rab.
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A killer softshell that performs both as an outerlayer and a midlayer.
A softshell and baselayer in one.
This angler-worthy jacket keeps your torso toasty and your arms free.
Warm and fuzzy on the inside, durable on the outside.
Mediating breathability and weather-proofing, the Salvo does exactly what a softshell is supposed to.
This breathable softshell combats weather like the best hardshells do.
This sleek softshell was built for speed and temperature regulation.
Feel good, look good, and perform at your best in this high-tech merino softshell.
These versatile jackets repel wind and wet.
Stay protected from the elements with these nine hardshell picks.
A super breathable hardshell that also offers great protection.
A jacket burlier enough for a BASE jumper.
A sub-$100 jacket that provides excellent rain protection with decent breathability.
The comfort of a softshell with the protection of a hardshell.
A great fitting, great performing jacket for the ladies.
A lightweight hardshell for under $200.
A great all-around jacket that handled a month straight of wet weather and rough hiking.
Stay comfortable and carry less with these versatile, all purpose pieces.
A do-it-all hardshell for wilderness warriors who want four-season versatility in a light, packable, and impeccably cut package.
Core protection for any weather and environment
Stay dry and comfortable on the move with these breathable softshells.
Lightweight and durable, these softshells provide solid weather resistance.
Extreme weather protection and breathability make these hardshells great performers when it comes to rough conditions.
This shell's design enhances moisture transfer and provides both wind-proofing and water resistance, making it the most versatile.
A stretch material allows for excellent range of motion while its overall cut leaves room for layering.
The Gamma SL's design achieves optimum flexibility while creating a great fit.
This multi-use shell demonstrates high performance weather protection with a breathable design.
The Odin Light offers a unique design that focuses on versatility as well as comfort.
This is the go-to shell for alpine activity providing great breathability and impressive weather protection.
With smart details and great versatility this shell delivers protection and breathability all in one lightweight package.
This shell handles wind, rain and snow like a pro offering versatility and a great fit.
This shell was built to take on the toughest conditions with ease providing heavy-duty protection with superior breathability.
This featherweight shell is full-featured with ultralight wind protection and a relaxed cut.
The Kimtah offers excellent weather protection and breathability at a bargain price.
The Compounder's design helps you stay completely dry and comfortable in the most wet conditions.
This shell is great for the fast-and-light climbing crowd offering excellent breathability and low weight.
If it's breathability you want, it's the Trojan/Athena that you need.
Maximum protection and great breathability help make this shell a force against the toughest conditions.
Reliable weather protection in a light-weight package.
This shell can handle any kind of weather and is both protective and comfortable.
A light, packable, and good-looking softshell
Protect yourself from the worst of nature in these hardshell jackets.
Eight softshell jackets from super breathable to warm and cozy.
A softshell that's weather resistant and super breathable.
An extremely lightweight and tough jacket that's only $70.
This hoodless Patagonia jacket is extremely breathable.
A windproof jacket with a warm, brushed tricot lining.
This waterproof, windproof jacket loves crappy weather.
A great jacket for trail runners at only five ounces.
A stretchy, three-season jacket
A ridiculously light shell that also blocks wind and rain.
The perfect three-season jacket.
A hooded, seam-taped, DWR-treated rain jacket for kids.
A primo softshell jacket...for your dog.
A light, warm, synthetic layering piece ideal for damp conditions and active pursuits.
An extremely light and extremely packable windshell.
Our official test team logged more than 2,337 miles and 263 nights in the backcountry to find the best gear for every type of hiker.
Dawn-to-dusk adventure ahead? Prepare for anything with this versatile system.
It's a stretchy winter softshell completely coated in high loft, fuzzy lining. Need we say more?
A stretchy softshell jacket that is perfect for dayhikes
Our own gear diva met with Martha on December 20th to talk about cold-weather layering. Here's the gear Kristin suggested:
Light on the wallet and on the back...and perfect for hunting salamanders.
Repel rain, cold, and snow with these hardshell jackets.
Find a jacket that's suited for highly active, cold-weather activities.
Softshell pants that are waterproof, breathable, and abrasion resistant.
Breathable softshell pants for skiers that log logs of vertical.
A weather-resistant shell that's as warm as a sweater.
This wind resistant yet breathable softshell is great for layering.
An ultralight softshell that wicks.
A midweight softshell that's multiseason.
This softshell provides maximum breathability and weather protection.
This eco-friendly jacket is everything you'd expect from a midweight softshell.
A bargain softshell that's cozy and great for aerobic activities.
One pound of all-purpose protection
A good looking jacket with plenty of storm protection.
A versatile ski shell at a great price
An ultralight hardshell jacket for under $150.
A versatile hardshell that's lightweight and breathable.
Reinforced shoulders and three-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric make this jacket super tough.
An all-conditions jacket that's under $200.
Our testers endured a year's worth of wet, cold conditions to find six lightweight jackets that will keep your body dry and your wallet plump.
The lightest jacket in our under-$100 test.
A cold-weather rain jacket that's $90.
A $100 jacket which doesn't skimp on features.
Ventilation on this jacket is top-notch.
The most bomber shell in our test.
There's nothing this bargain rain shell can't do.
This stretch-nylon softshell jacket is one of the most-worn garments in our gear closet.
These five finalists were close to the tops for our editors–for you they may be perfect.
This lightweight shell is mountain ready.
Total rain protection at a happy, happy price.
A do-it-all rainshell with a roomy cut.
A streamlined softshell that packs up small and cuts the wind
An affordable kids' rain jacket that can handle serious weather
These six hardshell jackets will keep you covered in any weather.
This hoodless jacket is breathable and stretchy, perfect for aerobic activities.
This '08 Editors' Choice Award winner is still a staff favorite.
This Outdoor Research jacket was deemed "most comfortable" thanks to its stretch Pertex Shield fabric.
Pulling this jacket over many layers is a breeze with the elbow to hem pit zip.
This Westcomb hardshell is at its best in extreme, wet conditions.
This Millet hardshell is a great climbing jacket due to its high range of motion.
This lightweight, breathable hardshell comes complete with a transponder.
Soak up the sun in this windproof ARC'TERYX pullover.
This cold-weather The North Face jacket comes complete with handwarmer pockets.
This waterproof, hooded REI jacket is stretchy and breathable.
This Cloudveil jacket is great for wind, snow, and light precipitation. And it's under $200.
This ARC'TERYX pullover is the perfect mix of baselayer and jacket.
Want to enjoy more time on the trail? It's simple: Bring the whole family, but make sure the kids stay comfortable with gear built for them.
Goal: Help you stay comfortable in any weather. Solution: Hike through two-week-long downpours and hurricane-force winds to bring you the best new gear for every trip.
In a 2000 BACKPACKER raingear review, the average jacket weighed 20.6 ounces. Nine year later, that's down as much as 65%–and these six entries are more breathable to boot.
Waterproof and breathable, this hard shell is perfect for cold places and pursuits.
This all-around soft shell keeps the drizzle on the outside and warmth on the inside, right where it belongs.
New technology makes for a super breathable, go anywhere hard shell
Weighing less that 10 ounces this ultralight shell withstood 3 days of torrential rain.
This high intensity, breathable jacket is perfect for fast day hikes and cross training.
Trim fitting, highly durable, and easily packable, this is one shell you'll never question packing.
With a fleece lining, and Gore Windstopper fabric, chills are blocked and breathability is excellent.
While editors were wringing out their socks, nothing penetrated the Mica's waterproofing.
With a puffy insulated layer and the clean anorak design, this ultralight did the trick in wet Welsh weather.
These versatile jackets weigh less than a pound and pack smaller than a grapefruit.
This durable shell is hefty enough for four-season wear.
Get technical layers that work everywhere from hotel bars to high-mountain trails. Our testers vetted more than 50 products from the Alps to the Andes to bring you these top systems.
The BACKPACKER ladies tested made-for-trail clothes that can double as street wear–wherever the streets may be.
Plenty of cargo space, an adjustable hood and great air flow, you may never have to take this coat off
Core Concepts Monsoon to Market effortlessly transforms from satchel to shell.
Our female testers pick their favorite gear for fall hikes.
Our tester spent 18 days climbing, camping, and evaluating gear on America's highest, coldest peak. If his picks made it there, they can make it anywhere.
For all-purpose performance year-round, this layering system works overtime through any weather.
Don't let a crappy forecast keep you home for the weekend. Just pack this deluge-tested system.
From the Grand Canyon to sunshine-pounded Colorado peaks, stay cool and comfortable with this ultralight system.
Our testers faced raging blizzards, pounding hail, frigid temps, and 60-mph winds to select these top clothes.
Wild weather coming? We've devised a perfect system for every condition.
We couldn't fit all of our reviews in one spot. Here, read the outtakes.
True-blue reviews on the latest items we've taken out on trail.
Made with down or synthetic fibers and paper-thin shells, these puffy jackets weigh less, loft higher, and pack much smaller than fleece.
Proven extra-tough after 30 straight days of hiking
Budget shopper or big spender? We have the perfect three-season layering system for you.
They kill swiftly and silently. They flit like ghosts through enemy forests. And they will brew you a fine cup of cowboy coffee. Meet America's deadliest hikers as we hump ruck with the Special Forces.
How to acquire your very own Navy SEAL Protective Combat Uniform.