Jacket Review: GoLite Phantom

Racing a storm to a peak is no time to whip out an inferior rain shell.

This 12-ounce tester fave won't let you down. The Gore-Tex PacLite is highly breathable, and the addition of pit zips and venting mesh pockets makes it perfect for sweaty ascents, as I found sled-hauling on Mt. McKinley, climbing in the Sierra, and backcountry skiing in Utah. The featherweight shell doesn't sacrifice other details; there's a fully adjustable hood, streamlined hook-and-loop cuffs that still seal tight, an athletic cut for easy mobility, and spacious pockets positioned with climbing harnesses and hipbelts in mind.

Price: $200

Sizes: men's S-XL, women's S-L

Weight: 12 oz.

Contact: (888) 546-5483; www.golite.com.