This hard-shell jacket has fully taped seams, water-resistant zippers and three-layer performance fabric to keep it dry on the inside, but also front core vents and a breathable material to prevent overheating. Noteworthy features include reinforced shoulder patches to help prevent abrasion from your pack, a removable hood that adjusts to cover any helmet and, my personal favorite, a magnetic drop-down waterproof tail that protects against trail and road spray. The Refuge offers a lightweight and versatile fit with five pockets — the chest one complete with an audio port. Available in both men’s and women’s sizes; machine washable. $279.

Author: Shalini Kovach is a regular contributor to Terrain Magazine and the founder of Terrain Trail Runners.