We gave this shell an Editors' Choice Award (April 2008), and a year and a half later it's still the jacket we reach for when we want bomber protection from the elements, big-trip durability, and awesome breathability.
Credit the eVent shell and British designers who clearly know something about bad weather. Bonus: It's light enough that you can carry it year-round. $300; 1 lb.; men's S-XXL, women's 8-16; rab.uk.com
Fall Gear Guide: Hardshells