Sherpa Adventure Gear Lekh Packable 3-Layer Jacket
Get no-compromise protection with this durable three-layer rainshell. At less than a pound, it’s light and compressible enough (squashes down to the size of a Big Mac) to make our summer packing list, but its all-conditions waterproofness won’t leave you wishing for a "real" shell if serious weather rolls in. The Lekh (rhymes with "speck") fended off New England squalls and its proprietary waterproof/breathable membrane breathed fairly well, even when a tester used the shell as a windbreaker on long, sweaty bike rides. Minimalist features include a small sleeve pocket, cinchable cuffs and hem, an adjustable hood, and two roomy front pockets (they’d be better if they were higher, above a pack’s hipbelt). The front zipper is waterproof (albeit a bit sticky) and articulated elbows enhance a comfortable, high-mobility fit. Downside: The price is a tad high for this class of shell. Upside: The company donates at least 50 cents for every product sold to The Sherpa Education Fund, which provides scholarships for Sherpa children. $225; 14 oz. (men’s small); men’s S-XL; women’s S-XL. (425) 251-0760; sherpaadventuregear.com.