Gear Geek: The Best Spring Travel Jackets

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Gear Geek: The Best Spring Travel Jackets

Throughout this long, cold, dark, snowy winter, spring has felt like some fantastical concoction living in some distant realm like Jim Henson’s imagination. That place is one filled with sunshine dreams, vibrant wildflowers in full bloom and massive trees sprouting umbrella-sized leaves. But as our bodies get used to daylight savings, spring will start to feel like more of a reality.

Soon, the impending season will deliver warmer days, inspiring us all to step out into the world’s open roads. But don’t forget that spring also brings cooler temps in the evenings, mornings and night, as well as an unpredictable onslaught of sudden rain showers. To travel without worry in spring, you need a jacket that can do it all. Here are seven of the best.

1. Arc’Teryx A2B Commuter Jacket for Men and Women; $225. 2. Men’s Nau Vice II Blazer; $280. 3. Woman’s Aether Amelia Jacket; $345. 4. Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket for Men and Women; $129. 5. Men’s Lululemon Shift Jacket; $128. 6. 1st-FuseForm_Explore">The North Face Fuseform; starting at $199. 7. Women’s Helly Hansen Naiad Jacket; $129.

Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).