You won’t find a waterproof insulated shell that performs better and costs less. “On Mt. Rainier, we hiked through sub-freezing temps and winds so strong that my partner had to crawl to avoid being blown over,” says a tester. “We didn’t make the summit, but the Toaster’s seam-taped shell shed hours of rain on the climb to Camp Muir, and the pit zips let me avoid overheating.
The Thermolite insulation kept me warm during breaks, and the adjustable hood sealed out weather, even wind-driven sleet.” Fit tip: This jacket runs big; size down a notch.
$139; 1 lb. 6 oz.; men’s S-XXL, women’s XS-XL; sierradesigns.com