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The REI Ultra Light is more than just a rain jacket.

Whether you’re traveling, backpacking, or just walking across town, you need a shell that keeps you dry if it rains, and is breathable when you’re sweating. One of the most affordable and best all around choices is the REI Ultra Light.

Here’s why:

*Two-way mechanical stretch delivers unlimited range of motion and feels remarkably comfortable over bulky layers like fleece

*Waterproof, breathable 2.5-layer REI Elements®/nylon with microporous polyurethane coating is seam-sealed for complete protection

* Windproof to 60 mph

* Fully adjustable, zip-off brimmed hood stores inside collar; when you zip off the hood the neck flap covers the zipper for a clean look

* Bonded front placket keeps wet weather andwind from penetrating; rip-and-stick closures secure placket

* Brushed collar lining is soft against skin

* Pit zippers let you vent body heat quickly

* Hem drawcord and elastic cuffs with laminated adjustment tabs help seal out the elements

* Chest pocket has water-resistant, bonded zipper with a garage to protect the head while two zip hand pockets feature bonded plackets

* Includes a 4 x 9 inch stuff sack

Tip: Wear layers to wick the moisture away from your body.

Cost: $119. Some are on sale for $80