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Nan5603442 wrote a review of on November 6, 2012

Horrible DWR
2 5

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.





Nan5603442 wrote an answer about on July 28, 2012

This item is made with Airshield Active, NOT Dry.Q as Backcountry suggests. The product I received does not list Dry.Q Active anywhere on the jacket or the tags, only Airshield Active. When I emailed Backcountry, they replied to me as if I didn't know how to access websites or read tags/labels on PHYSICAL PRODUCTS., and assured me the PICTURES they've seen say its Dry.Q Active. However, MH's website and MY product I received clearly state Airshield Active as the only technical feature used in this jacket.

With that being said, the jacket is very nicely constructed and fits very close to the body. I am 5'6", 155 lbs, stocky but muscular, and the small fits me with only enough room for a compression shirt underneath, which is what I wanted. What sold me on the product, however, was the promise of Dry.Q Active, which this product does not have.