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Backpackers.com April 2017 Highlights – Rain Jackets and Synthetic Insulated Jackets

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

This gear has been researched, tested, and found worthy. Follow the links to read the full reviews and get the gear!

Arc’teryx Zeta LT Rain Jacket — Premium Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker

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.

Read the full review to see why we recommend the Arc’teryx Zeta LT as our Premium Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker.

Montbell Thermawrap Pro Synthetic Insulated Jacket — Budget Pick for the Car Camper

The Montbell Thermawrap Pro is a warm puffy jacket that’s affordable, practical, looks sleek, and will survive seasons of use around a campfire.

Read the full review to see why we recommend the Montbell Thermawrap Pro synthetic insulated jacket as our Budget Pick for the  Car Camper.

Outdoor Research Helium II Rain Jacket — Classic Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker

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.

Read the full review to see why we recommend the Outdoor Research Helium II rain jacket as our Classic Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker.

Columbia Arcadia II Rain Jacket — Budget Pick for the Urban Hiker

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.)

Read the full review to see why we recommend the Columbia Arcadia II as our Budget Pick for the Urban Hiker.

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.

Read the full review to see why we recommend the Rab Xenon X synthetic insulated jacket as our Classic Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker, Ultralight Backpacker, and Day Hiker.

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Jen Nelson

Jen hates dirt but loves hiking in Southern California. She has ticked 42 states, 5 continents and 28 countries off her bucket list. When she’s not checking grammar and coordinating gear drop offs for the Backpackers.com team, you can find her sailing the Channel Islands or taking her adorable dog Daphne to the beach. She believes chocolate is a food group and bungee jumping is better than sky diving. Check her out on Instagram.

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