b'JACKETSBEST SOFT SHELLArcteryx Gamma SL Hoody $225Any soft shell worth its salt is stretchy,breathable, and comfortable. But precious few are as water- and wind-resistant as the Gamma. Its made from double-woven fabric to yield a slick outer surface and a soft inner. The combination is durable enough to rub against rocks and equipped to deflect wind and light rain; it also wicks moisture and feels comfortable next to the skin. The fit is trim without being tight; gusseted underarms kept the hems in place whether we were reaching for a hold, a handlebar, or a hand. I wore this jacket for everything from mountain biking to walking the dog, said one tester. It always seemed just right. 10.4 oz (mens pictured)/ 9.2 oz (womens)BEST FOR FOUL WEATHEREddie Bauer Cloud Cap Mountain Ops $179 When the forecast for a VancouverIsland coastal hike said three days of rain, our tester passed over lightweight layers for this burly, workwear-inspired jacket. Eddie Bauer de-signed it in the soggy PacificNorthwest with a tough waterproof-breathable membrane and 70-denier nylon. Over a week of rainforest backpacking, it handled relentless precipita-tion and plenty of bushwhacking. When rain turned to sleet, our tester found shelter in the high fleece-lined collar, large hand pockets, and roomy adjustable hood. Its bulky, they said. But it gave me confidence to push on as the weather worsened. 1.1 lbsBEST WIND SHELLIcebreaker Mens Cool-Lite Rush $200When raw, chilly days call for just a smidgeof insulation, the Rush steps up. Itsmerino- Tencel lining has porous eyelets that move sweat fast, so you can log workouts without overheating or clamming up. The recycled- polyester shell features mesh vents on the back and sides that let heat escape. (The womens version has scalloped cutouts onthe upper back, which we loved.) The shelleffectively buffers wind; even icy gusts at 11,000 feet didnt shock us. Zippered hand pockets keep a phone or gel at the ready.12.7 oz (mens, pictured) / 9.5 oz (womens)36OUTSIDEBUYERSGUIDE2020 | HIKE AND CAMPSBG20_HIKE_GOYJackets_rlsd_449487.indd 36 3/31/20 11:04 AM'