Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Waterproof Jackets (Storm Shell)

Patagonia M10

87

2016

Patagonia M10

Light, packable and durable, the Patagonia M10 is designed for climbing in inclement weather, but was just as usable in a variety of situations. 

Mammut Segnas

85

2016

Mammut Segnas

The Mammut Segnas is fully featured and bomber Gore Active 3-layer shell. A tough shell that brags awesome breathability for its weight.

Marmot Red Star Jacket

76

2016

Marmot Red Star Jacket

The Marmot Red Star jacket 3-layer jacket is best used as an emergency shell rather than a dependable defender. 

REI Rhyolite

84

2016

REI Rhyolite

The REI Rhyolite is a great deal for a well thought out and dependable 3-layer shell.

Under Armour Moonraker GTX

86

2016

Under Armour Moonraker GTX

The Under Armour Moonraker GTX is a bomber and versatile 3-layer jacket. We were impressed with its performance; a runner up for Best in Class.  

Stio Modis Hooded Jacket

84

2016

Stio Modis Hooded Jacket

The Stio Modis Hooded Jacket finds a nice balance between plenty of features and light weight. Using Pertex Shield as a membrane it performed well against the likes of Gore, Polartec and eVent.

REI Talusphere

83

2016

REI Talusphere

The best value in the test, the REI Talusphere is a sharp looking and durable 2.5-layer backpacking shell ready to take on the elements and subtle enough to wear around town.

Ortovox Civetta Jacket

84

2016

Ortovox Civetta Jacket

The Ortovox Civetta is an ultra-lightweight 2.5-layer backpacking shell ideal for quick summer excursions.

TNF FuseForm Dot Matrix

76

2015

TNF FuseForm Dot Matrix

The TNF FuseForm Dot Matrix Jacket offers decent performance in wet weather, with good breathability, but it comes up short on other details.

Rab Muztag Jacket

84

2015

Rab Muztag Jacket

The Rab Muztag is a simple mountain inspired shell with breathability worthy of aerobic pursuits.

Patagonia Storm Racer Jacket

77

2015

Patagonia Storm Racer Jacket

The Patagonia Storm Racer Jacket is a trail running jacket built to comply with ultra race gear requirements, but versatile enough for other activities.

Outdoor Research Axiom

81

2015

Outdoor Research Axiom

The Outdoor Research Axiom is suitable for a range of activities—from ski touring to backpacking.

Mountain Hardwear Quasar Lite

82

2015

Mountain Hardwear Quasar Lite

The Mountain Hardware Quasar Lite provides excellent value for a shell that can hack everything from backpacking to alpine pursuits in all four seasons.

Millet Grepon GTX

79

2015

Millet Grepon GTX

The Millet Grepon is a four season worthy shell optimized for mountaineering and backcountry skiing.

Marmot Essence Jacket

83

2014

Marmot Essence Jacket

This may be the most breathable hard shell we’ve tested.

Rab Atmos Jacket

81

2014

Rab Atmos Jacket

The Rab Atmos is an excellent three-season jacket for running and mountain biking.

Mountain Hardwear Super Light Plasmic Jacket

81

2014

Mountain Hardwear Super Light Plasmic Jacket

A great jacket for variable hiking and climbing conditions.

LL Bean NeoShell Bounder Jacket

78

2014

LL Bean NeoShell Bounder Jacket

A heck of a good price for a great jacket.

Patagonia Leashless Jacket

88

2014

Patagonia Leashless Jacket

With everything we want in a hard shell, this could be your everyday, year round jacket.

Mammut Segnas

82

2013

Mammut Segnas

In short: the best of the test.

Mountain Hardwear Blazar Pullover

80

2013

Mountain Hardwear Blazar Pullover

By combining their highly breathable and waterproof DryQ membrane with their ultra-light Ghost Whisperer fabric, Mountain Hardwear created one of the lightest hard shells available.

Marmot Speedri Jacket

78

2013

Marmot Speedri Jacket

Testers heaped high praise on this versatile shell for its overall light weight without sacrificing key features and performance.

Millet Alpine X Celerator

78

2013

Millet Alpine X Celerator

A good choice for fast and light alpine ascents, the X Celerator will also keep you covered if the weather turns nasty.

LL Bean Pathfinder Waterproof Shell

77

2013

LL Bean Pathfinder Waterproof Shell

All the features we expect to see on top of the line jackets at the price of a base model.

The North Face Alpine Project

89

2012

The North Face Alpine Project

Designed for fast, technical alpine climbing missions, the Alpine Project Hard Shell is made with Gore Tex's new Active Shell, a lighter, thinner and more breathable membrane that's still guaranteed waterproof.

Arc’teryx Men's Alpha SL Hybrid

91

2012

Arc’teryx Men's Alpha SL Hybrid

By combining Gore Tex’s Paclite and Pro Shell fabrics in the Alpha jacket, Arc'Teryx achieves both lightweight, high packability in low wear areas, and durability and high breathability where it's needed. The design is intended for hiking and climbing.

Westcomb Switch LT

87

2012

Westcomb Switch LT

The lightest Polartec Neoshell jacket on the market. Designed for ski touring, climbing and cycling, the two pockets sit high on the chest out of the way of harnesses and hip belts.

Adidas Outdoor Terrex Feather Jacket

92

2012

Adidas Outdoor Terrex Feather Jacket

A top of the line, fully featured outdoor shell, introduced as part of adidas's new outdoor line. It complements the user’s movements, never restricts, and is burly, totally waterproof and highly breathable.

Helly Hansen Odin Guiding Light Jacket

83

2012

Helly Hansen Odin Guiding Light Jacket

A simple, light, highly breathable and waterproof mountaineering shell made from Helly Hansen's top of the line Helly Tech Professional membrane.