BEST FOR: Slow and steady activities.
THE TEST: During a soggy fall filled with backpacking and sea-kayaking trips in and around Vancouver Island, Patagonia’s proprietary membrane kept things completely dry despite several all-day drenchings. And when it came down sideways, our tester was grateful for the adjustable hood with good sight lines and full watertight zipper treatment—including pockets and pit zips. Overall, protection was excellent; the consensus is that Patagonia’s H2No membrane is comparable to Gore-Tex’s standard stuff.
THE VERDICT: The fabric is more durable than the Rab’s and the Mountain Hardwear’s but not quite as breathable. 12.3 oz; patagonia.com