When the weather’s cooler, we’re usually in search of two types of jackets: those that keep you warm, and those that keep you dry. At home, we may have space to store both, but when we’re traveling, it’s ideal to have those attributes in one jacket.


The Mountain Hardwear HiCamp Shell Jacket is a 100-percent nylon shell with a soft, high-loft fleece liner that’s optimal for campwear, walking around town, attending sporting events, and even beachcombing. The weather-resistant and abrasion-resistant shell helps keep you dry from the rain, while the fleece keeps you toasty warm.


When you’re looking for smart, versatile outerwear that covers many bases on your travels, the jacket’s casual style fits just as easily on the trail as it does in town. Even if you only wear it in the city, it’ll serve you well.


The jacket has a snap front opening, and drawcords at the bottom hem for you to adjust to your perfect fit. Two secure, zip hand pockets and a secure, zip left chest pocket are roomy enough for your hands and small essential items you need to carry along on your journey.


One thing I feel that’s missing is that the two zip hand pockets are not also lined in the cozy fleece that lines the rest of the jacket. While I’m hanging out around the campfire, attending a backyard barbecue, or even scouting waves on the coast, I may wear gloves when I need to, but a comfortable, warm pocket also helps.


The men’s HiCamp Shell Jacket comes in dark storm, surplus green, and trail dust, and lists for $160 on the Mountain Hardwear site. The women’s HiCamp Shell Jacket lists for the same price, but comes in black, cocoa red, dark marsh, and gold hour.