Westcomb Focus LT Hoody


$279; westcomb.com


When waterproof-breathable shells venture below 10 oz., you might have to make sacrifices, like non-adjustable cuffs or hood or limited breathability. Not so with the 6.9-oz. Focus LT: Testers praised this Spartan-but-useful jacket for blocking rain but never getting clammy and called it one of the best three-season hardshells they’d worn. The secret sauce is the latest version of eVent (called DVL), which uses a printed “screen” to protect the waterproofbreathable membrane rather than a liner, saving ounces. Features are few but effective: The helmetcompatible hood cinches down to stymie blowing rain, and the cuffs seal tight with Velcro. The fit is trim, and we don’t recommend for cold-weather layering. Bottom line: a hardshell that works when you need it to and doesn’t weigh down your pack when you don’t.