In June, it could be over 100 degrees in the Central Valley or it could snow. To stay prepared, keep a lightweight packable jacket in your duffel, daypack and gear locker. Look for a product that weighs under 10 ounces, is either water-resistant or waterproof, and folds down to the size of a soda can. Here are three state-of-the-art jackets that fit the bill:
REI Packable Fleet Jacket – This lightweight jacket folds up into its own pocket. It boasts a number of thoughtful details including a pass-through hole for earphones, soft, mesh-lined collar and discrete tab for holding the upper jacket tight around your shoulders. See review.
Target Dry Mac in Sac Jacket – Built in the UK, this waterproof offering from Target Dry has a clever name, solid waterproofing and breathability, and comes in a dynamite set of colors. Despite the fact that it must ship from Europe, the Mac in Sac still delivers good value. See review.
The North Face Better Than Naked Jacket – When the old t-shirt just isn’t enough, The North Face Better Than Naked provides a soft, stretchy extra layer that’s breathable and weather resistant. See review.
All of these jackets pack down into extremely small spaces. In most cases, they’ll fit into a water bottle. Below is the side by side comparison.