First Look Gear Review
Street Price: $83-119
Pros: Affordable, packable, well featured, REI Satisfaction Guarantee
Cons: Not very stylish, thin material that gives the impression it may not last
Best Uses: Urban Rain Gear, Light Backpakcing, Moderately wet conditions
The REI Utralight jacket has been discontinued. For something comparable, check out the Outdoor Research Helium 2.
REI’s Ultra Light Rain Jacket is a pretty decent jacket with some good features, durable fabric, and an OK fit. As with all the rain jackets that we tested the breathability is pretty mediocre, but the waterproofing on this jacket is excellent. One cool feature that we really appreciate is a little hole for your headphones on the inside of the chest pocket so you can have your iPod in the waterproof pocket and the headphones running inside the jacket and hood. The hood is removable, which is a nice feature, but not high on our list of priorities. The jacket packs into its own pocket for convenient portability and space savings in your pack. We like the fit of the jacket, but it could be a little longer. Some drawbacks are that none of the zippers are waterproofed (just protected by a flap), and the breathability is lacking. Don’t expect to stay dry inside during intense activity, and be prepared to use the pit-zips frequently. This jacket is most suited for around town use and casual day hikes or light backpacking trips. All in all, this is a pretty solid jacket, but for the price, we would recommend the Marmot PreCip as a better buy. At $119 this jacket is around the middle of the pack as far as pricing goes. Not an amazing deal, but not too expensive either.
— Robert Beno and McKenzie Long
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Most recent review: December 3, 2013
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