Zpacks Vertice Rain Jacket
WEIGHT: 5.6 oz
TECH: 3-Layer “Ventum-WPB” fabric. high 56,000+ g/m2/24hr breathability!, Tricot lining, a waterproof, vapor permeable membrane, & 7 denier ripstop nylon on the exterior.
VENTILATION: Pit-zips and adjustable velcro cuffs
FEATURES: The Zpacks Vertice is one of the most breathable jackets in this group. Its 3-layer construction has a fabric liner to protect the WP/B membrane making it more suited for long term wear under a backpack vs. the 2 layer jackets. It’s also among the most fully featured jackets in this group, with a large dual adjustment hood with stiffened brim, pit-zips, adjustable cuffs, a large chest pocket, & long protective hem.
BEST FOR: Ultralighters looking for the lightest jacket that is super breathable, fully featured including pit-zips, and with 3-layer construction to protect the WP/B membrane. Note that this one of the thinnest shell fabrics of any jacket (7 denier ripstop nylon). That being said, the fabric does not seem to be unduly delicate. We used Vertice Rainwear extensively in Patagonia with no failures. Adjustment hardware is also among the smallest and lightest in this group.
WHAT WE LIKE: This is one of our go-tos for staying dry with high-output activity. The material is strong enough to carry a backpacking load, yet breathable enough for intense hiking or running.
CONS: This is a close competitor with the Visp, and it weighs slightly more and is more expensive.
NOTE: In case you hadn’t guessed, the Zpacks Vertice and the Enlightened Equipment Visp Rain Jacket with Pit Zips are close competitors in this rarified territory. You can’t go wrong with either choice.
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