When you’re out hiking or backpacking, having a jacket is a must. But not just any jacket, a jacket that is made for the outdoors that can help you withstand sudden downpour or strong wind and is not heavy like the ones we’re featuring here. Aside from being lightweight as their main selling feature, each of these jackets are popular because of their quality and durability. Let’s take a look at the most popular hiking jackets this year and see what makes them stand out from the rest.

1. Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded
Weight: 7.7 ounces
Available for both men and women: Yes
Price: $350

This model was among the early ultralight jackets launched but still very popular up to this day. It comes complete with a full hood and two hand pockets. It is a top choice for outdoor enthusiasts because of its incredible warmth-to-weight ratio.

2. Smartwool PhD Ultra Light Sport Jacket
Weight: 4.5 oz.
Available for both men and women: Yes
Price: $120

When searching for a breathable outdoor jacket, this model is a top choice. The combination of Merino wool and polyester mesh for the arms and shoulders creates enough ventilation without exposing your body to wind or rain.

The Smartwool PhD Ultra Light Sport jacket has nylon shell fabric on the torso and sleeves as well as vent holes on the shoulders. It can withstand light rain because of its fabric’s durable, water-repellant treatment. It is well recommended for day hikes and even workouts.

3. Outdoor Research Helium II
Weight: 6.4 ounces
Available for both men and women: Yes
Price: $159

This model is among the lightest rain jackets in the market and known to be one of the best. You can easily stuff it in your backpack or in one of your pants’ pockets. This breathable jacket comes with a 2.5-layer Pertex® Shield+ shell and with fully taped seams, which have been proven very reliable during chilly or rainy days.

There’s nothing better than feeling warm and comfortable while you’re out camping or hiking in the mountains. You are able to keep active and move freely under any weather condition and there’s no added weight to slow you down. When rain suddenly pours while you’re still at the trail, you don’t need to worry too much about getting soaked because your jacket helps keep the water out from your inner clothing.