- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
UPDATE: After exchanging for a second time, the third jacket had the same, low quality DWR treatment. I ended up just buying some Grangers Wash In DWR and treated it. Now it sheds water like a pro and passes the showerhead test. Too bad it had to come to that to get it to work like a proper WPB shell. Overall, that brings my cost for the jacket to $80.
Don't get me wrong, the Jacket is nice if it isn't raining.... It fits well, the side zip is great, and its breathable... if it isn't raining.
Unfortunately, the membrane breathability means squat if the outer shell wets through, blocking the fabric from breathing. This jacket has far below standard DWR. It'll pass an aerated bathroom faucet test just fine, but take it out in anything more than a mist or fog, and you can watch as every little droplet soaks into the face fabric. My jacket wet out in under 30 minutes in the PNW in a sprinkle. My girlfriend's REI eVent jacket's DWR is astounding, bone dry in the same conditions as me, and can hold it under a shower head with no wet through.. the Vaporshell wets through immediately.
This isn't just a one off event, this is the second one that's done the same, first one was sent back because kangaroo pouch didn't close all the way and DWR sucked.
For the value, its alright if you don't plan on being in the rain long, but for backpacking or anything more than the lightest misting and you'll be wet from the inside out (condensation).
Picture taken after walking 30 minutes in the rain at Goat Lake, WA. I have a 2+ year old Mountain Hardwear compressor insulated jacket who's DWR works better than this and it has never been retreated.