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Lightweight wind jacket with water resistance.

If your globe-trotting habits have you jetting off to yet another fabulous destination, the Sierra Designs Men's Microlight Jacket is a must-have addition to your pack. Though lightweight and highly compressible, the Microlight provides convenient wind and water resistance in case you get caught out cooler air or a passing shower. Sierra Designs was even rad enough to include a stuff sack so you can stow it away in the bottom of your pack until you need it.

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1 5


  • Gender: Male

I normally wear a Large or extra Large depending on the manufacturer. In this case I ordered an extra large to ensure it would fit as I did not not want it to be to small. Boy was I wrong the shoulders fit so tight I could not raise my arms ! My friend normally wears a medium and this jacket fits him just fine. I made the jacket a gift to him since he liked it. I would say the sizing is way off for this jacket or I received a medium mismarked as an extra large which I am assuming is the case. Either way I made a friend very happy. Not sure if I would trust backcountry with another order due to this issue.

5 5

Light and easy.

This jacket can easily be carried around in the included stuff sack.
The Stuff sack could actually be a bit smaller.( not much) And the jacket gets a bit wrinkled when it comes from the stuff sack. But Small things.
The Jacket is a great waterproof shell, does not include a liner of any kind. I took it into the shower after seeing another persons suggestions and it seemed to totally block the water. It does not breathe too well, which is fine most of the time. I love the jacket, and got it at a a great deal at Steep and Cheap and have no problems.

5 5

Awesome Jacket

Purchased this jacket for my 10 year old son. He loves it.
He loves that it can be folded up into a small self bag.
Just wish the bag was better attached to the jacket.
Also wish the hood rolled up and secured.

4 5

It goes everywhere with me

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

SUPER light, packs down SMALL, "waterproof" for short periods of time, cuts the wind well, breaths OK...i take it everywhere as its always in my car...good shell for the price!

5 5

Its tough as long as youre tough as nails

Ive seen a lot of people review this jacket as a waste of material/ a rip off. I impulse bought this jacket in the New river gorge on my honeymoon, as i didnt own a breathable rain jacket at the time. It was the only jacket I had for a year, and i did some crazy/stupid things in it. I used it only with a baselayer, and a fleece when i stopped moving, and i did no less than 10 winter ascents in the penine alps with it, and a whole bunch of spring climbs in the adirondacks.

Ive since moved to the alaskan rainforest, and gone from the cheapest shell on the market to the most expensive (alpha sv) and yet still findingmyself wishing that id kept it simple with this jacket and some well chosen baselayers.

3 5

Its Ok

Its an OK jacket if your at the belay sitting out the rain, but it will only last 10 minutes, then you're soaked to the bone. Good enough to get you back to your pack where the real jacket is at.

5 5

Great summer rainjacket

Got this on SAC for $16, which was a steal considering how awesome this jacket is. I have worn it in rain, light snow, and 60 MPH gusts throughout the Sierra and Red Rock, and tested the water proofing in the shower. You will stay dry, and it cuts the bite from the wind. It is very light, and with the included stuff sack it packs up very tight, smaller than two soda cans side by side. It's my main shell backpacking shell during the warmer months, and I love it. If the forecast calls for some serious weather, I would pack something more substantial, but as an "oh-crap, its raining" piece, it can't be beat.

Bottom Line: Need a summer backpacking rainjacket? buy it

4 5

Excellent light weight, packable rain coat

I got this jacket for a good price and it is definitely worth its value. It is a great jacket to pack up and use as a shell for when its raining. It comes with a pack pouch that is rather compact. I have not used it for extended (mult-hour) rain storms but it works well for the light or medium showers. But if you are looking for a 100% multi-hour rain coat this might now have that type of longevity.

3 5

Good Jacket

Picked this up on Steep and Cheap (a daughter site of backcountry) for around $20. It's a pretty solid jacket, but it doesn't breathe too well. For $20, I would buy again, but I would shop around prior to dropping 40 on it.

4 5

Great Contingency for Traveling

I take this jacket with me whenever I travel. I can roll it up and stick it in the stuff sack which is a big plus over other travel jackets that have an extra flap to fold into themselves. I'm 5'9, 155 lbs, and the Medium is cut really well for me. It's not too tight, and I'm not swimming in it like I would be with a poncho. I have this in a forest green and tan combo, but I'm not sure if they have that anymore. Great for mild to moderate weather, but not made for hanging out in a full storm.

Hey would this work as a shell for a week...

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Hey would this work as a shell for a week long backpacking trip

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I wouldn't rely on this jacket at all. 1K says it all. Most "waterproof" fabrics are at leat 10K or 20K. This refers to the number of stitches per square inch I believe. The tighter the weave, the more naturally waterproof it will be. With a fabric less than 10K or 20K, the waterproofness comes from the DWR(Durable water repellency) coating, not the inherent qualities of the fabric itself. I would only use it if you have somewhere warm to go to every night so it can dry out. As AC said, it'll get wet-out. I'd go with something like Gore Pac-lite which is a lot more reliable and will keep you dry longer. Marmot Precip is pretty good as well, although i'd probably still prefer Pac-lite. I traded up from precip-plus to Pac-lite. Gore Pro would be even better, and would last longer. Basically the better the fabric the longer it can hold out in increasingly harsh precipitation. I'd trust Gore-Pro to any conditions, and Gore-tex Pac-lite to Almost anything.
Schoeller makes some great fabrics too, but I think most are softshell.

Update: If you go to the Gore-tex website, you can click the link to whichever fabric you're interested in and they list every jacket made with that fabric, lots of different brands. Makes it really handy if you're shopping.

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Umm, Blaine, the 10K or 20K rating stands for how many milimeters of water can be suspended above the fabric before the water pushes through, known as a hydrostatic head. Gore Tex, along with any other quality waterproof material, has a membrane that is laminated to an outer fabric, usually nylon, and that membrane is what's waterproof, not the outer fabric. This jacket is not designed to be waterproof, it is designed to repel light rain for a few hours, and to do so, it has a light polyurethane coating, with no membrane of any kind. By nature of not having a membrane, it's more breathable than almost any rain jacket, but it's also only water resistant. Marmot PreCip and Gore Tex Paclite are both completely waterproof, the hydrostatic head simply means that in a lab, Paclite is "more" waterproof. Hydrostatic head measures instantaneous pressure, and so as long as a jacket has a hydrostatic head of over 2.5K, and has taped seams, it will be waterproof in rain.

2 5

Not Satisfied with the Color

This jacket seems like a decent jacket for the price, but I am returning the one I ordered. The "Crimson" color does not match the pictures on the web site at all. The actual jacket is really a maroon color while the site shows it as being red. I can't get use to the maroon. Its quite awful, so I am returning this jacket. Unfortunately, none of the other colors are available in my size now, so this ones a bust.

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What is the difference between this product...

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What is the difference between this product and the similar one listed for $19? What am I getting for the extra $20?

how quickly are your orders processed?

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how quickly are your orders processed?

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9 times out of 10 i get the conformation email the second i place the order. and its shipped within 24 hours always

4 5

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.

4 5

Small and packable

This is a good jacket for what it is. It is not a true rain jacket, and in prolonged rain it will not keep you completely dry. But it works just fine for occasional/brief showers. It packs very small (in its bag, it is about 6" x 3" x 3") and is nice for throwing in your daypack (or car) in case you may encounter a stray shower or some wind. The fit is pretty much true-to-size, especially if you aren't heavily layered underneath it. It's nice to have a stuff sack, rather than having to deal with trying to stuff the jacket into one of its own pockets. All-in-all, this is a useful 'just in case' jacket, but if I knew that I was going to be encountering heavy rain, I'd opt for something more waterproof.

4 5


Just received it and tried it on. Ordered a Medium and fits great. Also, nice little carrying bag it comes in.

4 5

pretty good

This seems like it will serve its purpose. We travel A LOT and tend to find ourselves in rainy places! It will be nice to have a jacket that packs as small as a pocket. My boy is tall and thin so the large seems to be a good fit. Arm length could be another half inch but its do-able!