Enlightened Equipment Visp Rain Jacket with Pit Zips
WEIGHT: 4.9 oz
MSRP: $190 ($200 with pit zips -5.9 oz)
TECH: 3-layer custom Toyota fabric (75,000 g/m2/24h) is the highest breathability spec we’ve seen
VENTILATION: Pit-zips and velcro adjustable cuffs
The Enlightened Equipment Visp Rain Jacket is one of the very lightest WP/B rain jackets on the market. It features a super breathable 3-layer custom Toyota fabric (75,000 g/m2/24h) — the highest spec we’ve seen in a rain jacket. Last year, Enlightened Equipment added the option of pit zips. The combo of high fabric breathability and pit zip venting makes the Visp is one of the best at preventing internal humidity buildup (sweat), which keeps you dry on the inside. Despite its minimal weight, it has a roomy fit – especially in the upper torso and arms, and will accommodate a warm jacket under it. It has raglan sleeves for a full range of motion, and a rear drop hem for full coverage. Additional features: drawcord-adjustable hood with brim, full-length waterproof zipper, drawcord adjustable hem, well-sized velcro cuff adjusters, and sleeves long enough to fully pull your hands inside to keep them out of rain/wind. Of note, the Visp does not have any pockets on the Jacket or Pants. Finally, while not inexpensive, the Visp costs significantly less than any sub 6 ounce WP/B jacket we know of, and less than most jackets in the 6 ounce range. The comparable Arc’teryx Norvan SL is more than $100 more expensive.
The matching 4 ounce Visp Rain Pants share the same highly breathable Toyota fabric. Like the Visp Jacket, they have a roomy fit and a good range of motion. Ankle zips allow for the pants to be put on over shoes while allowing a slightly tapered leg for a better fit.
BEST FOR: Experienced hikers and travelers looking for one of the lightest and most breathable rain jackets on the market. While not the cheapest jacket, it’s still a value for a jacket that is under 6 ounces.
WHAT WE LIKE: A great ultralight option that has plenty of breathability and still keeps you dry.
CONS: We wish there were pockets, although many ultralight options do not have this feature.
NOTE: At just 9.4 ounces for a WP/B jacket with pit zips and pants with ankle zips, the Visp Rain Jacket and Pants are the lightest combination rainwear on the market.
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