Awards Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award   Top Pick Award 
Price $78.93 at REI
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Pros Low price, simple and effective design, tiny packed-size, impressive DWR coatingUltimate breathability, next-to-skin softnessLightest in the category, tiny packed size, larger chest pocketWell-ventilated, body-mapped Merino panelsLots of zippered pockets, ease of packing, elastic brim
Cons No feature to stow-away hood, thin material can feel clammy during high-output activityCold in a strong wind, expensiveSee-through material, under-performing DWR fabricLack of drawcords, billowyGoofy looking brimmed hood, swampy, lack of DWR
Bottom Line Our Editor’s Choice for its simplicity, price, and solid performance in a lightweight packageA breathable shell that works equally well as a midlayer for fast-and-light missionsMade for the mountains, this ultralight jacket will help you push your limitsPerfect for adventure runners looking for packable weather protectionIf you love pockets and still want solid wind protection, this jacket is hard to beat
Rating Categories Patagonia Houdini Patagonia Houdini Air Distance Wind Shell Merino Sport Ultra L... Rab Vital Windshell
Wind Resistance (30%)
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Breathability And Venting (30%)
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Weight And Packability (20%)
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Fit And Functionality (10%)
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Water Resistance (10%)
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Specs Patagonia Houdini Patagonia Houdini... Distance Wind Shell Merino Sport Ultra... Rab Vital Windshell
Measured Weight, size M 3.9 oz (size L) 4.0 oz 3.5 oz 4.8 oz 4.7oz
Material 100% nylon ripstop, DWR finish 90% nylon (51% recycled) / 10% polyester double weave, DWR finish 100% nylon ripstop, woven w/ DWR treatment (Green Theme Technology) 100% nylon outer, 54% Merino wool / 46% polyester liner, DWR coating Hyperlite nylon
Pockets 1 zip (chest) 1 zip (chest) 1 chest zip 1 zip (chest) 3 zip (2 external hand, 1 internal)
Safety Reflective Material? No (company states reflective logo on left chest, too small to really be visible) No (company states reflective logo on left chest, too small to really be visible) No Yes reflective logos on chest, back, right arm; stripes on cuffs and seat hem Yes, reflective logo on chest and back
Stuffs into itself? Yes, stows in chest pocket Yes, stows in chest pocket Yes, stows in chest pocket Yes, stows in chest pocket Yes, stows in internal pocket
Adjustable Cuffs? Half Elastic Half Elastic Elastic Half Elastic Half Elastic
Hood? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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