We found the Helly Hansen Enroute Shelter jacket to be a decent companion in the backcountry, if it fits you. It's light weight and packs down well, disappearing in your pack.
After nine months, we still can't get Columbia Outdry Extreme to fail. It simply won't wet out by design. Should you buy it?
The Stio Snotel combines fit and function in a streamlined backcountry shell.
Looking for burly resort and slack country outerwear, with helmet compatible hood and steeze? Then check out the Stio Environ Jacket and Pant.
We’ve been checking out the Helly Hansen Ridge shell for a couple of months now. Our initial impressions were good enough that we included it in our 2015 Gift Guide. Now that we have more days in the jacket, we can give you a full review. Bottom line, Helly has come very close to a great technical shell, but there are a few things that would keep us from giving it a top rating.
Think about your best waterproof, breathable jacket. Is it made of Gore-Tex? eVent? Neoshell? Well, we have some good news and some bad. First, the bad: your jacket is obsolete. Second, the good: you can replace it with something new and better come Spring of 2016. Columbia Outdry Extreme is going to turn the technical shell industry inside-out.