In our 2018 Summer Buyer’s Guide test, the Interstellar blew our crew away with an uncanny mix of weatherproofing, breathability, and stretch. “It feels softer than a soft shell but as waterproof as any hard shell I’ve used,” said one tester. “Not to mention that it’s the most breathable rain shell imaginable.”
7 Rain Jackets You Can Wear All Year
Here it is: the best eco-shell in our Summer Buyer’s Guide jacket test. “The three-layer construction is more durable than its 2.5-layer predecessor,” our testers wrote. “Still, as with Torrentshells of old, it’s breathable (pit zips help), a high collar and brimmed hood seal out showers, and there are hand pockets for snacks.”
The Odin 9 Worlds Jacket won our Gear of the Year award in our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “It shrugged off everything we could throw at it, then laughed in our faces,” our testers wrote. The brand just released version 2.0, and it’s just as waterproof as the original, but lighter and newly designed.
This waterproof shell is made for movement. Goldwin’s Gore-Tex Pro Stretch Jacket has all the weather protection you need, with the flexibility and smart design features you want for every flavor of outdoor adventure.
The Odin Mountain Hybrid pulls double duty as a ski shell and all-year rain jacket. “If you hate loud, plasticky outerwear, consider this soft shell your new favorite jacket. Its four-way-stretch fabric feels like broken-in denim and stays blessedly silent when you move,” our testers wrote.
Outside staffers get compliments on their Marmot PreCip jackets every time they wear them. The simple, streamlined design works well for urban commutes, epic hikes, and high-speed singletrack descents. Plus, Marmot makes them in solid colors that look good on everybody. You won’t find a more reliable, comfortable shell at a better price.
We did a full review of the Zeta FL when it first came out last year and our tester gave it two thumbs up. Made from Gore-Tex Paclite Plus, the jacket (and the matching pants) is waterproof and highly packable. "The Zeta FL will become my new go-to rain jacket for hiking,” our tester wrote.
Contributor Bryan Rogala tested the Cloudburst jacket on hunting trips in New Mexico, but he also loves it for hiking. “The Sitka pieces I wear hunting have been some of the best-performing clothes I’ve ever used in the outdoors, full stop,” he wrote. Read his full review of the brand here.
The full-zip version of this windbreaker was one of our favorite pieces of peak bagging gear for its compact size and light protection. This half-zip is ideal for day hikes or getting around town, and it won’t blend into the landscape—that’s just fine with us.
The Tufly received big praise in our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide test of the best tents: “Might be the best tent I’ve ever used,” wrote one tester. It’s built to withstand three-season temperatures and has two doors and vestibules for easy access. That’s why we called it “a tent with every creature comfort you’d want at a drive-in campsite.”
The Flip 20 was one of our favorite tech tools of 2016. This portable charger will recharge your phone or headlamp twice. “At a barely-there 4.6 ounces and no bigger than a jumbo pack of Doublemint gum, it’ll slip into your jacket so you can charge on the go,” we wrote.
The H Bar B Snapshirt is style combined with functionality. Our gear editor recommended this shirt because it let him be “more comfortable at the office without looking like a schlub who just rolled out of bed.” The wrinkle-resistant material keeps the shirt looking clean. Plus, it has a sunglasses-cleaning microfiber-lined hem.
These placed first in our test of noise-canceling headphones under $150. “Low-frequency sounds, like road noise and car engines are the things you want to drown out. After listening to all three pairs back-to-back in my truck with the engine running, the Ankers were the clear winner,” wrote tester Bryan Rogala.
This shoe won our Gear of the Year award in our 2020 Summer Buyer’s Guide. Its “engage-as-needed support system makes for an exceptionally comfortable ride,” wrote our testers. “It’s a great choice for neutral runners whose feet collapse inward when they’re tired and for chronic pronators who’ve had their fill of bulky shoes.”
The Daylite doesn’t come with a bladder, but there’s storage aplenty: 20 liters in the main compartment plus an exterior pocket. The sleeve in the main compartment can house a reservoir you buy separately, or it’ll accommodate a tablet or small laptop if you’re just using it for commuting. If you’re extra thirsty, two side bottle pockets boost the Daylite’s water-carrying capacity.
Columnist Jakob Schiller loves these shades with removable side panels that block glare: “If I’m on the skin track all day, my eyes feel significantly less fatigued when I get back to the car,” he wrote. “When I’m on the road, freeway driving in the sun and snow is way better with protection on all angles.”
Contributor Andrew Skurka tested the Ambit3 Peak for more than 1,500 miles and 300 hours in 2018. For ultra runners and backpackers, the Ambit3 Peak excels in three important ways: its long-lasting battery, its barometer, and price. “It makes the traditional outdoor ABC watch obsolete,” he wrote.