REI Co-op Xerodry Gore Tex Jacket
WEIGHT: 12.5 oz
TECH: 2-layer Gore-Tex Paclite waterproof breathable laminate
VENTILATION: Chest/core vents and adjustable velcro cuffs
FEATURES: Though this jacket belongs in the 2-layer jacket category, we’re putting it here as it is the closest jacket to the seasonal Drypoint that has year round availability. As such it’s a good option for those that can’t wait for the DryPoint or those that want to save almost$100!
This jacket uses Gore-Tex and Paclite technology to make it lightweight and breathable, yet still completely waterproof. An articulated design makes it easy to move, even with an extra layer underneath. It’s specifically designed for hiking and backpacking, and is a more breathable choice than the REI Rainier jacket. The mesh-lined pockets provide core venting, and the hood is fully adjustable to protect your eyes from pelting rain. Finally, the cuffs and bottom hem are both adjustable to allow for more breathability, or completely seal out moisture.
BEST FOR: A fully featured Gore-Tex waterproof jacket at a great budget. REI products also are made to be extremely durable. And if not, their products come with a one-year warranty.
WHAT WE LIKE: This jacket is available year-round from REI and is priced very well for a fully featured rain jacket with Gore-Tex technology.
CONS: The 2-layer design is not as durable or heavy-duty as the 3-layer Drypoint.
NOTE: YEAR-ROUND AVAILABILITY, ALTERNATIVE TO THE DRYPOINT
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