Montbell Versalite Jacket
WEIGHT: 6.4 oz
TECH: 2-layer GORE® WINDSTOPPER® fabrics 10-denier Ballistic Airlight rip-stop nylon. [Breathability: 43,000g/m2/24hrs!]
VENTILATION: Pit-zips and adjustable velcro cuffs
FEATURES: A good value in the Extreme Light category! The Montbell Versalite has an impressive number of features for its weight — pit zips, two chest pockets that are easily accessible with a backpack on, a deep drawcord-adjustable hood, velcro/adjustable elastic cuffs, and a drawcord hem. A big bonus is that it is one of the most breathable jackets here with a breathability of 43,000g/m2/24hrs! That and the pit-zips should make this one of the least condensing rain jackets.
BEST FOR: Someone looking for a good value in a fully-featured, high-performance/extremely breathable UL rain jacket intended for intermittent use (e.g. for afternoon thunderstorms). But note that the long-term durability of the new 2 layer fabric has yet to be established. For more see Rain Jacket Durability 101 – How to Select the Best Durable Rain Jacket. As such, the jacket might not be your first choice for day after day use with a heavy backpack.
WHAT WE LIKE: Another great ultralight light option, but this one actually has pockets to store a couple of essentials you won’t want to get wet. The breathability of this jacket is a major plus as well.
CONS: Not the best option for long-term backpacking, as the outer fabric is not quite as durable as some of the other options in this category.
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