Spring Hike Savior: Columbia Compounder II

The Compounder II has a delicate handfeel reminiscent of tissue paper, but this ultrabreathable waterproof shell offers hardcore performance. Compounder_2This is your go-to protector for wet and cool weather, an ideal piece for a northern canoe trip or rainy hike, light and packable enough to Houdini away in a side pocket.

According to our gear tester Chris, “The zippers are well-designed, watertight and very secure. This piece is super-lightweight, forgiving and easy to move around in. I like how the material it has bit of texture to it, so it doesn’t feel slimy when wet like my old jacket. This is an ideal spring/fall hiking-biking shell.” Columbia’s uber-progressive wicking tech is explained here.