The lightest jacket in our test by a meaningful amount. The big saving comes from the simple pattern that is free of too many seams, while the use of Gore Paclite fabric offers good weight savings too. The jacket is very simplistic with only the bare essentials to keep you dry. So you get a hem drawcord to keep draughts out and a front zip. There is just one chest pocket, rather than the usual pair. The movement in the sleeves is excellent so the hem or cuffs don’t ride up. There are thumb loops too to that some might like. The hood is a fixed design with a large peak and external volume adjuster cords that work well as long as you don’t over tighten them. If you want a lightweight jacket then this is it. But the only pocket you get won’t take a map easily. Also the cuffs are elasticated rather than Velcro adjustable. The hood peak does not have much stiffening either and other hoods fitted a little better than this.
Outer: Gore-Tex Paclite
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: S-XXL (men’s); 8-18 (women’s)
Weight: 268g (large)
Made in China
Stores in UK: no info provided
Verdict: Superb if weight is your top priority but you lose some features during the diet.