Gshephardwrote a review of Eider Target Knit Spirit Jacket - Men's on August 1, 2015
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
The Eider Target Knit Spirit jacket is an ultra light rain jacket made for active users on both the city streets and on the backcountry trails. Ive been putting this jacket to the test for the last month and here is what I have found:
The jacket looks incredible. What makes the jacket so unique is the base material; a knitted nylon which is soft to the touch, looks beautiful, and creates very little noise so no more swishing sounds as you walk.
Laminated with a 3-layer Gore-Tex active membrane this jacket offers maximum protection from the rain while remaining breathable. The 3-layer membrane was created to increase the durability over a garments lifetime, so you wont need to replace this jacket anytime soon. The downside to all this technology crammed into one jacket is the price tag.
The design is cut with runners in mind. It has thumb holes keep the sleeves from riding up as you move, and elastic bands at the waist and on the hood keep the jacket snug. At 11 ounces this jacket weighs next to nothing, and its quickly become my go to jacket for backpacking. As a fly fisherman, I also found the thumb holes to be especially helpful for remaining dry without sacrificing dexterity on the river.
The flaw in the jacket is its minimalistic nature. The jacket has only two pockets, and they are somewhat shallow. That is perfect if you are using this for running or as an outer layer on a backpacking trip, but it can feel limiting at times. I found myself wishing the jacket had one deep chest pocket to throw my phone into. The thumb holes are great when you are moving, but if you have to stand in the rain for long periods, you may need a more heavy duty rain jacket as they do expose your hands to the elements.
-Waterproof, breathable, and lightweight
-Looks, sounds, and feels great
-Eider nailed the athletic fit
-Durable membrane will keep you dry for years
-Lack of pockets
Bottom line: The price of quality is worth it with this beautiful, high tech, minimalistic rain jacket from Eider.