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Gear Review

5 5

Superlight but tough jacket

This jacket delivers as promised. It is a no-frills jacket (three pockets, no pit zips, no fancy internal gizmo pockets) and it is superlight and packable. Even though light, the new goretex active shell seems pretty tough - especially compared to some other waterproof-breathable superlight materials I've seen.
I've done some hard uphill hiking in it and it seemed to breathe really well - at least as well as my goretex ski shell. The two main pockets are well placed, not too high like some of these technical shells.
This is a jacket you can make your go-to piece of mountain clothing for everything from backpacking trips to mountaineering adventures. The zippers and finish work seem top-notch. This is the jacket I've been looking for - under one pound and totally protective. Great product.