These jackets will keep you dry during wet weather

Aotetyx Alpha SL Anorak ($375)

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This UltraLight is super-tough and ultralight

A wispy rain suit is an important part of any ­rain gear when the weather is hot, fast, and light. Pullover with streamlined hood adjustment and single chest pocket fits the bill, with its tissue-thin design. Arc’teryx developed liquid-crystal polymer fibers for its backpacks so that ripstop nylon can be tolerated at oppressive temperatures. A deluge that lasted for more than a day was no match for that combination as well as the three-layered design. This is a men’s size (7 oz, pictured) and a women’s size (6 oz).

Women’s and Men’s

A pair of Eddie Bauer BC Dura 3L sneakers ($279)

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It’s a workhorse throughout the year

This ultralight, buttery shell not only endured warm weather, but it also performed well in cold weather. Stretch-woven nylon and contoured cut allow for freedom of movement, which we appreciated while climbing a fourteener. The hood fits over a helmet, and its three-layer construction and 20-denier fabric prevent punctures from sharp equipment or snags. The breathability and storm protection held up to hours of rain and snow without wetting out. 12 oz (men’s, pictured) / 10 oz (women’s).

Women’s and Men’s

OutRun the Storm from Under Armour ($100)

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Performer in Wet Weather

Water-resistance is good, but it lacks a membrane to keep out drizzle for extended periods. The stretchy blend of polyester and elastane makes it soft against the skin and allows it to ditch sweat during speed work. Even so, it’s a favorite for rainy-day running, since it ditches sweat during speed work. Showers are kept at bay by a DWR finish, articulated cuffs, and a protective hood. All these factors add up to something you should consider when seeking your daily dose of endorphins. Approximately 12 ounces (pictured) or 10 ounces (pictured).

Women’s and Men’s

Rab Downpour Eco (120 USD)

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Stealing the sustainable future

Often, jackets that move the sustainability needle are more expensive. However, the waterproof/breathable membrane and the face fabric are made from 100 percent recycled polyester. Downpour Eco’s water repellent coating foiled day-long rainstorms, and the breathable membrane and zippered underarm vents kept clamminess to a minimum during a rain shower. A well-designed ­insurance policy against showers doesn’t have to be light or technical to be effective. Approximately 11 ounces (men’s) and 10 ounces (women’s).

Women’s and Men’s

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