Gear Review

2 5

Just don't go out in the rain...

Waterproof..... Hmmmm.... Wish I could say it soaked through while sitting out a storm in the tetons.... Or blizzard conditions in Mammoth... A down pour while hiking in King's Canyon. But no, mine soaked through when I got caught in the rain.... at Disneyland. Really. Arms from the forearm down were soaked. Shirt underneath starting to wick and soak. Phone in my jacket pocket... soaked. Wow. In a moderate southern california rain storm. I am disappointed to say the least. The good news is my girlfriend was wearing the marmot rain shell and was dry as can be. But this jacket gets relegated to the "wear when walking the dog when there's a slight chill out" pile because it does not handle real weather (or moderate rain for that matter). Just glad I found this out before taking it into a situation where staying dry REALLY mattered.

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That's the trade-off you make for the added stretchiness, comfort, and breathability of a softshell - they aren't waterproof. The few waterproof softshells out there (Outdoor Research comes to mind), sacrifice a lot of stretch and comfort for waterproofing. Good luck.

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Research what you are buying before you purchase, that way you don't dog a product for what it is not supposed to do.

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It's in the description that it is waterproof. I would understanding jumping on this guy if it wasn't in the factory description of the jacket.

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The rating is not specified for water-proof. That means the company is not backing up the waterproof aspect in any way. This will shed off a light drizzle, but not a rain storm. As I said research the product and what you are buying. This jacket is one of the best soft shells on the market. It breaths well keeping you cool and dry, it moves well not restricting your movement, and holds up well to a beating!

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Funny- I did sit out a storm in the Tetons in this exact jacket- and I was really kicking myself for not wearing a hard shell- when it turned from heavy driving snow to rain to snow again. Although I was only out in it for three hours by the time I got to shelter I was covered in thick wet snow.... and warm and surprisingly pretty dry! I would never recommend a soft-shell for those harsh conditions- neither does the manufacturer, but this surprisingly did the job. I did ball up to limit my exposure during the worst, using my hood as an umbrella as much as possible. I also won't trying to weather out a storm like that in a soft-shell again, I count myself lucky.