Whether you’re traveling far and wide or spending the rainy winter in California, a rain jacket is an essential item on your list. But rain jackets can be bulky and heavy, or even cause that hothouse effect by not allowing any moisture on the inside escape to the outside. So any old rain jacket won’t do.
The Mountain Hardwear Men’s ThunderShadow Jacket is a great travel option. Lightweight but durable, the 40D mechanical stretch ripstop jacket is also stretchy, making it comfortable to wear whether you’re hiking, biking, or walking. The 100 percent tactel nylon fabric also has VaporDry, making it waterproof yet breathable, and comfortably soft on the inside, instead of having a cold, rubbery feel.
Even though the fabric is breathable, minimizing that hothouse effect, the jacket also has pit zips for when you’re really active and want to manage body temperature without having to take the jacket off. And if you’re hiking or involved in any harness-related activity like climbing, the two harness and pack-compatible water-resistant PU zippered chest pockets won’t be blocked by your gear. In addition, there are two covered, zippered hand-warmer pockets, as well.
The hood is easily adjustable and also has a brim that doesn’t get in your eyes when you pull the drawstrings tight. Even when you have raindrops in your eyes, you don’t want your hood to interfere with your vision.
Even better, the jacket packs down and stows in a pocket for those times when you hate having to be prepared for anything, but you really need to be prepared for anything. It weighs only 21 ounces, and you’ll feel so much better when you’re 10 miles in and Mother Nature turns on you.
The Mountain Hardwear Men’s ThunderShadow Jacket comes in black and stone (which has two colors: cream and khaki green) and lists for $175 on the Mountain Hardwear site. It’s also available at Moosejaw and REI.