Whether your commuting to work in a city prone to rain showers or simply heading into the hills for a hike, having a lightweight, waterproof shell on hand is more than smart. Ultimately, you'll want something that's ultra packable and can hold up in even the harshest conditions. And the Orion from Mission Workshop is just that. The barebones shell jacket weighs in at just 370 grams (that's less than a pound, btw) and features fully-taped seams, pit zips, a rear stow pocket, a removable hood.

The tech-driven material and articulated cut make the Orion ideal for high energy activities, like hiking and cycling. It features a relaxed fit so your wrists and lower back aren't left in the cold when in a riding position, and is constructed of Polartec NeoShell, a highly breathable, specially engineered textile that reacts to changing body temperatures to allow for more heat and moisture escape while still keeping you protected from the elements. Plus it's made in Vancouver, British Columbia, so you know you're getting your money's worth.