If you’re not a convert to vests yet, you soon will be. Aside from being a handy layering piece for when you can’t decide if you’re hot or cold, the Lightning Tech Vest provides a home for snacks, phone, sunglasses even a water bottle and walking poles. In fact, if you’re going on a short and speedy hike, you can get away without a backpack. The four-way stretch material ensures full-range of motion even when negotiating pole-necessitating inclines. The fabric has been finished with a durable water repellent and features FlashDry-XD™ that actively wicks away sweat keeping you dry, which – in the end – helps keep you warm when your pace slows.