Staying Dry With Good Shell Layers
Your shell-layer is as the name suggests your protection against the outside elements. Over the last 40 or so years since the advent of Gore-Tex many different proprietary water repellant coatings or waterproof membranes have been developed by various brands to keep you from getting drenched by the rain.
Great shell-layer jackets should help protect from rain and wind to keep you dry. A decent set of rain pants will keep your legs from getting drenched, and if you need extra protection then consider packing a lightweight rain poncho for added protection.
If you’ve ever been soaked on the trail, you’ll understand the importance of good rain gear! In our guide, we put 9 of the best rain ponchos through their paces.
You don’t have to splash the cash to get great protection from the rain on your hikes. In this guide, we show you how to make your very own rain blocker at home using upcycled or low-cost materials: the rain poncho!
You can’t always predict when Mother Nature will throw a downpour your way, but you can prepare! In our guide we recommend our favorite waterproof pants and also what features to keep an eye out for in the best rain pants.
Weather looking questionable? Never fear! In this buying guide, we introduce you to 12 awesome lightweight rain jackets that will let you hit the trails no matter what the weather’s doing!
If you’re going to be hitting the trail in changeable weather, then check out our guide to the best hardshell jackets & always have a great shell layer.
A spot of rain isn’t a good reason to stay off the trails – especially with our guide to the top hiking rain jackets.
If you like a little versatility in your mid & shell layers, then consider our top pick for the title of the Best 3-in-1 Jacket.
Waterproof and water-resistant tend to be used interchangeably by most people, but there is an difference – find out what that is with our guide.
Whether you’re a dedicated ice climber or a light-and-fast alpinist, you need a quality pair of mountaineering pants for your adventures. Our guide reviews 7 top mountaineering trousers on the market to help you find the perfect pair.
Failing to treat your rain jacket to a little TLC once in a while can have a serious impact on its long-term performance. Learn how that TLC’s done in this straight-talking, easy-to-follow guide.
Gear wetting out in the rain? We’ve been there, done that, and acquired the smarts on how to prevent and mitigate the problem along the way. In this short, straight-talking guide, we tell you how it’s done.
Don’t let a little rain keep you from getting out on the trail. Check out our guide to the top women’s rain pants and carry on hiking come rain or shine!
To see all our articles on shell-layer clothing click here or click here to return to the main apparel page.