Stretchy, breathable, and ultralight, the GoLite Tumalo Pant proved totally watertight on a soggy hike in Maine’s Mahoosuc Mountains. The 2.5-layer Pertex Shield fabric feels silky-soft, but stood up to abuse from rough granite and pine bark. And it breathed so well that our tester never overheated on steep climbs.
The ankle zippers open wide enough to slide over boots, and the pants pack down tiny—into their own pocket. $100; 6.7 oz. (m’s M); golite.com