Kokatat Gore-Tex Paclite Full Zip

BEST FOR: Paddlers, fishermen, hikers in extremely soggy climes. THE TEST: The folks at Kokatat are best known for paddling apparel (and, apparently, not creative product names), so it’s no surprise this jacket is loaded with aquatic features: self-draining pockets, a paddle-stroke-inspired cut, and watertight wrist gaskets. But it’s no fish out of water. On a damp backpacking trip in the Pacific Northwest, the jacket beat back six hours of steady cold rain. Two fleece-lined pockets kept testers’ hands warm, and the paddling-top-like Lycra wrist gaskets received rave reviews: when a tarpful of water spilled down a tester’s arm, not a drop made it inside. THE VERDICT: If you paddle (canoe, sea kayak, etc.) as often as you hike, this is your jacket. 14 oz


Brand: Kokatat $340
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