BEST FOR: Light protection during aerobic pursuits.
THE TEST: It isn’t just a name. The company is owned by Sherpas, and like nearly all its jackets and other clothing, the Imja is made in Nepal. Which is cool, but we included it here because it’s our new favorite ultralight soft shell. When a surprise rainstorm hit during a trail run, one tester pulled out the 4.9-ounce Imja’s hood, tucked his fingers into the long sleeves—with thumb loops—and kept on hauling uphill. Other smart touches: perforated panels under the arms for breathability and reflective highlights for visibility at night.
THE VERDICT: Big protection in a tiny package. 4.9 oz
WEATHER RESISTANCE: 3