GearApparel

La Sportiva Hail

2015 Gear of the Year Winner

La Sportiva's Hail jacket lets you move while keeping you protected against the elements. (Photo: Michael Karsh)
La Sportiva's Hail jacket lets you move while keeping you protected against the elements.

Because they’re portable and waterproof enough to keep you comfortable in a downpour, ultralight hard shells like the six-plus-ounce Hail ($199) are the hot new jacket category.

The reason we liked the Hail best? Versatility. When we hunched over a bike or reached high for a handhold, abundant stretch meant we never felt constricted. Plus, we rarely overheated, even on long uphill slogs. In other words, it served as the ultimate jacket.

You’ll still need a heavier piece for longer backcountry missions or regular use in the wettest climes, but for nearly every other scenario, the Hail has you covered. 

6.3 oz; sportiva.com

Breathability: 3.5 
Weatherproofness: 4

Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.
Contribute to Outside
Filed To: Hard ShellHiking and Backpacking
Lead Photo: Michael Karsh
More Gear