Arc’teryx shed unnecessary ounces without compromising our favorite components of this shell—the durability and the waterproofing. The lightweight material— a combination of GoreTex and PacLite—made this a tester-favorite for three-season backpacking. “This is the jacket I’ll pack for Mother Nature’s temper tantrums,” one tester stated after a beautiful fall out-and-back in southwest Maine turned nasty. “If it’s miserable out there, I’m a lot happier in here.” Bonus: The jacket breathed well enough that our testers stayed dry inside and out on drizzly days. “I was never clammy, even if I only wore a t-shirt underneath,” said one Pacific Northwest-based tester. “And I never felt constricted, as I tend to feel with other rain jackets; I almost forgot I was wearing it.” Downside: You can’t fit a helmet under the hood.
$299; 11 oz; m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-XL
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