During colder months, it's not unusual to hike through torrential downpour. Case in point: a recent backpacking trip I made to a wilderness beach. If it weren't for my Adidas Hiking Climaproof Storm Jacket ($135, originally $195), I would have been cold, wet, and miserable. This waterproof shell protected me from both rain and wind, making me a very happy camper as I settled in with my meal of dehydrated lasagna.
—Michele Foley, associate editor