Rain Jacket
Black Diamond Treeline Rain Shell

$130, 10 oz. (men’s medium)

Sizes: men’s XS-XXL, women’s XS-XL

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High-performance rain jackets for the backcountry cost real money. Cheap rain shells often compromise on quality. Through a rainy, three-day, August backpacking trip in the Wind River Range, including hiking nine miles in wind-driven rain and temps in the 40s Fahrenheit on our last day, this lightweight jacket kept my 20-year-old son dry. If you want a rain shell that delivers good quality at a price that leaves you gas money to reach the trailhead, the Treeline warrants a close look.

I also wore this shell while hiking on cool, breezy mornings on a four-day, roughly 45-mile September backpacking trip in Yosemite (although we got no rain).


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Featuring the brand’s proprietary, 2.5-layer BD.dry waterproof-breathable and windproof solution and fully seam-sealed fabric with a PFC-free DWR (durable, water-repellent treatment) the Treeline carries ratings of waterproof to 10,000mm and 10,000g/m2/24 hours for breathability—common among rain shell’s made for hikers and backpackers and striking a balance between repelling even severe rain and allowing some moisture from your body to escape. Wearing it walking around town in rain, I noticed it got a bit clammy inside, but it didn’t wet through. As my son experienced in the Winds, in mountains, moderate to cool temps often negate the need for high breathability or ventilation.

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