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Sierra Designs Microlight Jacket review

The Sierra Designs Microlight Jacket is a great jacket for many reasons. First, it is packable to the size of about a 16 oz beer can and weighs next to nothing. Second, the jacket fits well and doesn't run small or large. It has draw strings on the waist as well as the hood. It is also inexpensive, and you get your money's worth, especially when it is on sale now for $30.However, I had never been stuck in a downpour with this jacket, only light showers and misty/drizzly mornings. That is until several weeks ago when the skies opened up and let me have it. Granted it kept a lot of the water out, my clothes underneath the jacket did get damp, which I was surprised as I had thought it was completely waterproof. I am happy I know that now.In the future, if I am going for a hike and see heavy rain in the forecast, I may opt for another jacket, but if it's just showers, I'll bring these without hesitation.Update: when it isn't super cold and when it isn't dumping snow, I wear this jacket to ski in. Sounds strange, but I wear 3 base-layers underneath that keeps me plenty warm, and then I throw this over-top to keep the water/snow off my clothes. I wear a pair of bib snowpants so I don't worry about this jacket not having a snow skirt. Honestly, for the price, I can't be happier. I only ski resorts... it beats those other heavy ski jackets or those expensive ski jackets. This is all I need most of the time. This jacket isn't necessarily recommended for skiing, but it's golden for where and how I ski.