Brand: Columbia Sportswear
Model: Montrail Titan Lite Windbreaker
“I brought this on every backcountry hike I’ve taken in the last year,” says our tester. Considering the Titan Lite weighs only 4 ounces and packs down to the size of a fist, it’s easy to see why there’s always room in her pack for it. “The nylon shell easily cut strong gusts,” she said after wearing it on Chamonix’s notorious Vertical Kilometer, “while the mesh panels on the sides and underarm dumped heat as we continued up the insanely steep grade.” The water-resistant finish sheds light-to-moderate precip, and the ultralight hem drawstring and toggle aren’t noticeable under a hipbelt.