The Patagonia Storm Racer Jacket might be the lightest high performance rain jacket on the market. It does two things and it does them exceptionally well – it is waterproof and it breathes. For high intensity activities in wet weather, when weight matters, this is the jacket of choice.
The Patagonia Capilene Air Crew Top is one of the warmest, lightest, most breathable, and most comfortable baselayers on the market. It does, however, suffer from poor durability and an extremely high price tag.
The Arc’teryx Phase AR Crew Long-Sleeve Top is lightweight, warm, and incredibly durable. While it attracts more odor and breathes less than comparable wool tops, its durability, minimal weight, and moisture wicking properties make this a top pick for synthetic baselayers.
This is a very popular jacket that is more durable than similar jackets, is easily packable into its own pocket, and has a unique quilting pattern that reduces cold spots. It is does a good job of protecting from wind and has an impressive water repellent treatment. Some people have found the fit to be a little bulky but this is a personal preference.
Warm, windproof, water-resistant—the Nano Puff Jacket uses warm, incredibly lightweight and highly compressible 60-g PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco with 55% postconsumer recycled content, wrapped in a 100% recycled polyester shell and lining.
The Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket is a classic. It covers all the bases with its warmth, light weight, stylish look and ethical down. While there may be lighter down jackets and warmer down jackets out there, the Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket is an ideal combination of features and performance that will suit most people.
The Arc’teryx Palisade Pant is a legitimate three season piece of clothing. It excels at almost every type of outdoor activity and looks sharp enough to wear around town. Its smart design, lightweight fabric, and durable construction make it a long-time fan favorite.
The Western Mountaineering Flight Down Jacket is made with exquisite craftsmanship. The jacket has tremendous loft which provides superior warmth at a minimal weight. Compared to other jackets, the Flight is un-stylish and not made to “wear around town.” Instead, it’s warmth and light weight make it a top notch practical choice.