Backpackers.com — Spring has arrived! Trails are filling up, boots are muddy, and pollen is on the wind. While warmer days don’t always mean warmer nights, it’s getting time to cozy up around a campfire. Unpredictable weather can change your backpacking plans for the better or worse, and we’ve got you covered.
We’ve been busy testing new gear, and have some fully featured recommendations to share. Below you’ll find the latest rain jackets and synthetic insulated jackets (puffy jackets!) we’ve awarded and recommended for all five Backpacker Types.
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New Recommended Gear
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The Arc’teryx Zeta LT rain jacket is a slim-fitting, highly durable, silky-smooth water repeller that breathes during high exertion in pouring rain.
The Montbell Thermawrap Pro is a warm puffy jacket that’s affordable, practical, looks sleek, and will survive seasons of use around a campfire.
The Outdoor Research Helium II rain jacket is an ultralight storm shell distilled to elemental purity: functional, simple, and it won’t break the bank.
The Columbia Arcadia II is an ideal, affordable rain jacket for stormy adventures in and around urban areas. Just remember to zip up and strap down! (The men’s version is the Watertight II.)
Rab Xenon X Synthetic Insulated Jacket — Classic Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker, Ultralight Backpacker, and Day Hiker
The Rab Xenon X is a synthetic technical hoody designed to keep you warm, mobile, and comfy at all costs. It feels so good you just might start dating it.
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