If you commonly experience wet weather on your adventures but aren't willing to part with all the advantages of down — light weight, long life, great packability — then we recommend the Rab Microlight Alpine, our Top Choice for Wet Weather. This hoody literally throws the kitchen sink at the problem of down's lack of integrity when wet. It combines super tightly woven and water resistant Pertex Quantum Microlight face fabric with an awesome DWR coating and NikWax treated hydrophobic 750-fill power down. It also has a very deep, wire-brimmed hood that works excellently to keep water out of the face. While this jacket isn't totally waterproof, like the Columbia Outdry Ex Gold, it is far warmer, lighter, more packable, and frankly, comfortable than that jacket. We love the advantages of down, and love that Rab has made a down hoody that can hold up its nemesis — water.
Like many of the hoodies featured in this comparative review, you can also find a hoodless version, the Rab Microlight Jacket. This jacket is essentially the same, but has a wrap-around collar in place of the hood, making it easier to layer over, and retails for $240. You can also buy the hoody in a long version for the same price as the normal size: $275.