Hardshell jackets are outer layers to be used as windproof and waterproof jackets, usually worn over a warmer lining. The external film of hardshells repels both water and wind to keep you dry in every condition. It’s usually made of breathable and waterproof textures like GORE-TEX. We’re talking about an all-around microhole film that rejects water but lets vapour breathe out, to make you feel comfortable all day long.It’s no surprise that the best outdoor brands include at least a couple of GORE-TEX jackets. This list counts Arc’Teryx and The North Face, while the latter also developed another breakthrough material firsthand called TNF FUTURELIGHT. This waterproof, featherweight material uses a nano-spinning technology to repel water and let air pass through. Plus, what makes FUTURELIGHT special is its peerless ability to be pulled, stretched and adjusted without losing its main features. Other notable hardshell jackets include the Patagonia signature three-layered jacket, dubbed Torrentshell, that feature several useful details for both outdoor and urban experiences, and is available in many basic colorways. What else do you need from a shell jacket?