BEST FOR: Everyday cool-weather wear.
THE TEST: The Enchainment’s tightly woven soft-shell material lacks a membrane or water barrier, so while it deflected light rain, heavier showers soaked through. Even so, it’s the most water-resistant soft shell here. And thanks to panels of lightweight Schoeller soft-shell fabric under the arms and three venting, mesh-backed pockets, it breathes better than you’d expect. Which is why we ended up wearing it for everything from dog walks to fall hikes to an early-season ski tour.
THE VERDICT: Some deemed the style classic; others used the term “dated.” Either way, it’s a solid coat for the money. 1.1 lbs
WEATHER RESISTANCE: 4