A lighter weight, and therefore more reasonably priced jacket here. Although lighter, the face fabric does have Ripstop properties to boost resilience, and it coped well enough with a few scrapes and bumps. The lower price point also means that there is no membrane waterproofing. Instead the H2No coating does the breathable/waterproof job, and as a result it can get a little sweaty inside on warmer days and on steep ascents. The longish, Parka-style cut to the jacket does a good job of covering the backside, which is useful when walking. The lighter nature of the jacket does make it eminently packable and it even stows away in one of its pockets.
Materials: 100% nylon Ripstop with waterproof/breathable H2No barrier and DWR finish
Women’s version: No
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