A simple, no-frills rain shell is an adventurer’s best friend, and a cheap one is the first building block of an outdoor wardrobe. We spent four weeks hiking, bushwhacking, mountaineering, and taking the trash out in the rain, and found that Patagonia’s Torrentshell (men’s and women’s) does the best job at keeping water out. The secret? A deep hood. Unlike cheaper jackets with hoods that don’t fit your face, the Torrentshell’s is cavernous, keeping precipitation off your nose, chin, and hair. And where other manufacturers make concessions—a tiny zipper here, some cheap bits of Velcro there—our Patagonia pick comes compromise-free.