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