In order to be protected and comfortable on all of your escapades this summer and fall, you’ve gotta have an arsenal of gear ready to tackle all of Mother Nature’s variables. Whether you’re camping with your crew, bagging burly mountaintops or just casually soaking up the great outdoors during your free time, you need to be prepared for whatever comes your way. That’s why we’ve collected a series of shells and layering pieces to have on your body (or in your pack) wherever you may be. Check out the plethora of rockin’ garments below, and be sure to toss out the old rags, break open your piggy bank and get a few of these pieces into your wardrobe.
The North Face – Fuseform Originator Jacket — $299
This lightweight shell from The North Face is ideal for battling the elements on your next adventure. Boasting a highly waterproof fabric, sealed seams and an essential internal chest pocket, this minimalist jacket is all you’ll need in the case of foul weather as summer turns to fall. Whether you’re climbing in unpredictable high alpine terrain (it’s helmet compatible, too), or out camping for the weekend, stay dry and comfortable in the Fuseform Originator. Need we mention that TNF offers a lifetime warranty on this bad boy?
Mountain Hardwear — Stretch Ozonic Jacket — $200
This durable jacket from Mountain Hardwear will be your best friend in tough conditions. Constructed with the brand’s Dry Q waterproof and breathable technologies, this item will keep you dry from dusk ‘til dawn. The garment weighs in at just over 9 oz., so it won’t weigh you down when you stuff it in your pack. To top it all off, the Stretch Ozonic jacket features armpit zippers for extra ventilation, as well as a two-way adjustable hood and a third chest pocket for extra storage.
Patagonia — Nano-Air Hoody — $299
The first thing you’ll notice upon zipping into the Nano-Air hoody is its lightweight build. Additional strongpoints include ultra-stretch material and extreme comfort. This “jacket of all trades” will keep you stylin’ and prepared in any environment. The insulated yet breathable offering from Patagonia is built with a water repellent exterior to combat wetness. Also, you’ll be able to store all of your necessities with two hand pockets and dual chest pockets.
Under Armour — ArmourStorm Stretch Waterproof Jacket — $199
This all-season offering from Under Armour is efficient in nearly every condition. Whether you’re venturing in mild winter weather or sending it in a variable summer/fall climate, the ArmourStorm’s 20k/20k rating will protect you in many of Mother Nature’s wildest situations. While this jacket has an extremely durable construction, UA has also incorporated a two-way stretch fabric, offering mobility when you want it. If you’re looking to be confident and comfortable on your next outing, the ArmourStorm Stretch jacket should be on your radar.
Marmot — Vapor Trail Hoody — $170
Marmot’s Vapor Trail hoody is ideal for all y’all hikers and mountain explorers. Highlighted by a water resistant and windproof exterior fabric, as well as a moisture wicking material on the inside, you’ll stay dry on all of your adventures (downpours excluded, of course). This item also features a headphone friendly interior pocket, so you can easily blast music for a boost in motivation when you’re grinding on the trail.
Voormi — High-E Hoody — $229
Voormi has knocked it out of the park with its High-E Hoody. Known for utilizing sustainable and locally sourced materials, the brand has incorporated its Rocky Mountain High Country Merino wool throughout this product, providing a top-notch, American-made item. As expected, the garment’s wool construction boasts exquisite warmth and sufficient water repellency so you can do your thing outside all day long. Whether you’re hitting the river for some fishing or bagging peaks, consider adding the High-E Hoody to your gear arsenal.
Columbia — Flashback Windbreaker Pullover — $60
Columbia wound back the clocks, providing a retro feel with its Flashback Windbreaker. The simple yet stylish item is ideal for those conquering casual missions in the mountains or the streets. The polyester shell is light, comfortable, affordable and available in multiple color ways. Also, the pullover has a marsupial pocket so you can stash all of your goods. Note: If you’re looking for a waterproof item from Columbia, check out the EvaPOURation jacket.
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