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Jackets help to keep you insulated and dry while on the trail, and ensuring your jacket can hold up in the backcountry is vital. Backpacker’s jacket reviews put all the top brands to the test. We put jackets through wind, rain and snow on hiking and backpacking trips to test for durability, waterproofing, comfort and more. Take a closer look at which jackets are up to the task of keeping you covered while you are out on your next backcountry adventure.

Salomon Fast Wing Hoodie
Soft Shells
4.7 / 5.0 rating

Salomon Fast Wing Hoodie

Review by: Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

A high protection-to-weight ratio makes this softshell hoodie a no-brainer for windy trail runs and fast-and-light summit pushes.

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BP0415HEAD2HEAD_BYDLON_RAB_7859_ORANGE
Soft Shells
4.7 / 5.0 rating

Rab Flashpoint

Review by: Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Backpackers who are willing to pay more for added features will find a lot to like in this softshell.

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BP0415HEAD2HEAD_BYDLON_DYNAFIT_1475
Soft Shells
4.7 / 5.0 rating

Dynafit Transalper 3L

Review by: Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

If you're an ultralight obsessives or a fastpacker who wants the absolute lightest shell, this softshell is the one for you.

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Mammut Meron Light
Hard Shells
4.7 / 5.0 rating

Mammut Meron Light

Review by: Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

This watertight hardshell with all the bells and whistles proved impenetrable in the gnarliest conditions.

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Columbia Sleeker
Hard Shells
4.2 / 5.0 rating

Columbia Sleeker

Review by: Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

This bargain-priced hardshell performs better than some shells that cost three times as much.

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