Let the experts at Backpacker Magazine help you find the perfect hard shell jacket.
Most durable jacket
Shell with the best protection
Most versatile shell
Shell with the best value
The lightest—and perhaps last—shell you’ll ever need. The Rab Phantom Pull-on is a 2020 Editors' Choice Award Winner.
Cocktails in a can, a one-of-a-kind daypack, a sweater so fuzzy that you'll want to cuddle it: There's something for every hiker on this list.
Best for fast-and-light touring
Spend less, hike more with a system that prioritizes affordability and durability.
From eye protection to bibs to energy chews, we reach for these products again and again.