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REI Co-op Drypoint GTX - Women's Review

The Drypoint is an excellent hardshell, lightweight and comfortable, which performs well for a variety of activities.
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Price:  $250 List | $249.00 at REI
Pros:  Lightweight, supple, breathable, versatile
Cons:  Thinner fabric, less features
Manufacturer:   REI Co-op
By Lyra Pierotti ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 29, 2019
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  • Weather Protection - 20% 8
  • Mobility - 20% 8
  • Breathability - 20% 9
  • Weight - 15% 8
  • Features - 10% 7
  • Durability - 10% 7
  • Versatility - 5% 7

Our Verdict

The Drypoint GTX from REI is a force to be reckoned with; it quickly became one of our favorite, go-to hardshells for just about any activity. It is lightweight and supple, and highly breathable, making it comfortable for a day around town or a high-intensity tour in the mountains. The Drypoint also kept water and snow out and blocked wind well also. It is so lightweight and simple that it felt like little more than a wind shirt when we wore it. REI chose brilliant fabrics and a sensible, simple feature set to make the Drypoint an obvious award winner.


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Pros Lightweight, supple, breathable, versatileHighly versatile, breathable, lightweightLightweight, breathable, fully featured, durableGreat range of motion, light weight, great weather protection, versatileHigh quality, lightweight, durable, great value
Cons Thinner fabric, less featuresExpensive, still made of lighter and somewhat less durable fabricNot the lightest on the marketShorter torso length, some features overdoneLess features, somewhat less versatile
Bottom Line The Drypoint is an excellent hardshell, lightweight and comfortable, which performs well for a variety of activities.The Beta SL Hybrid retains an impressive focus on light weight while introducing key features to make it highly versatile.An incredibly versatile model that is competent for a wide range of adventures.The Beta AR is an excellent all around shell jacket for most mountain uses, including long alpine climbs.A great value; it is light, durable, and useful on many types of adventures.
Rating Categories Drypoint GTX Beta SL Hybrid Norrona Trollveggen Gore-Tex... Beta AR Jacket Arc'teryx Zeta SL - Women's
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Specs Drypoint GTX Beta SL Hybrid Norrona... Beta AR Jacket Arc'teryx Zeta SL...
Weight (oz) 9.00 11.60 9.00 13.40 9.50
Category Mid/ light weight, regular fit Light weight, athletic fit Mid weight, Regular fit Mid weight, Regular fit Mid wieght, regular fit
Length of back, from base of neck to bottom (inches) 27 26 28 26 27
Material 20-denier ripstop nylon Gor-Tex coating N42p GORE-TEX fabric with Gore C-KNIT backer technology N40r GORE-TEX fabric with PACLITE® Plus product technology 40D GORE-TEX Pro fabric N40p-X 3L Gore-Tex on body; N80p-X GORE-TEX Pro on arms 40-denier ripstop (N40r) GORE-TEX PACLITE Plus
Pockets 2 hand 2 hand 2 chest, 1 interior chest 2 handwarmer, 1 internal chest 2 hand
Helmet Compatible Hood Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Harness and Backpack Strap Compatible Yes Yes Yes, high pockets Yes, high pockets Yes
Draw cords 3 hood, 2 waist 3 hood, 2 waist 1 hood, 2 waist 4 hood, 2 waist 1 hood, 2 waist
Adjustable Cuffs Yes, Velcro Yes, Velcro Yes, Velcro Yes, Velcro Yes, Velcro
Pit Zips No Yes Yes Yes No
Two-Way Front Zipper No No No No No
Warranty Policy Lifetime Guarantee for manufacturer defects, 1 year return policy if you are disatisfied with your purchase Practical lifetime warranty - Material or workmanship defects will be replaced or repaired at Arc'teryx's discretion 5 year - production and material defects Practical lifetime warranty - Material or workmanship defects will be replaced or repaired at Arc'teryx's discretion Practical lifetime warranty - Material or workmanship defects will be replaced or repaired at Arc'teryx's discretion

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Drypoint GTX jacket from REI is an impressive, lightweight, breathable 3-layer Gore-Tex Active shell for a great price.

Performance Comparison


The Drypoint GTX from REI was comfortable and versatile  and a great price.
The Drypoint GTX from REI was comfortable and versatile, and a great price.

Weather Protection


The Drypoint GTX is an excellent, weatherproof shell. It is made of Gore-Tex Active fabric, the lightest of their three-layer hardshell fabrics. This makes it the lightest weight, backcountry-ready fabric for rugged, everyday outdoor use.


Most hardshell fabrics do pretty well at keeping the weather out. But there are a number of features and design flaws that can compromise an otherwise excellent option. A pocket or pit zip is, for example, technically a hole that needs patching. REI uses waterproof zippers for the hand pockets and front zipper which managed to keep the water out. The hood is also helmet-compatible so that you can seal yourself in even on technical climbs or ski descents.

The Drypoint has high pockets and a helmet compatible hood making it great for climbing purposes.
The Drypoint has high pockets and a helmet compatible hood making it great for climbing purposes.

If you're looking for the burliest, most weatherproof, expedition-ready jackets in this review, check out the Mammut Nordwand Pro HS or the Arc'teryx Alpha SV. These are some of the priciest jackets sold.

Mobility


The Drypoint is a very comfortable jacket that allows excellent range of motion. The lightweight and supple fabric is mostly responsible for this, but it is also important to note that the jacket has few features to make it feel stiffer or more cumbersome. There are only two hand pockets and no pit zips. This means you are mostly surrounded by the supple Gore-Tex Active fabric and not by stiff zippers.


Similar lightweight jackets in this review had the same feel, notably the Arc'teryx Beta SL and Beta SL Hybrid. We also appreciated the range of motion and lightweight, supple fabric of the Norrona Trollveggen.

Breathability


Gore-Tex Active is some of the lightest and most breathable 3-layer waterproof fabric. When we want a burly, mountain-ready hardshell, we are typically looking at three layer jackets (2 or 2.5 layer jackets are usually considered rain shells). The Drypoint does not have pit zips, but the high hand pockets do have a mesh interior to help shed heat when you're working hard—though, in the driving rain, you probably don't want to open the front pockets for ventilation.


Otherwise, the fabric is lightweight and highly breathable—totally adequate for the weather and activity levels in which we tested this jacket (good for hiking but not running).

The arm lift test! Still pretty comfortable  even with a lightweight puffy underneath.
The arm lift test! Still pretty comfortable, even with a lightweight puffy underneath.

One of our favorite models for breathability is the Arc'teryx Beta SL Hybrid. We loved the original Beta SL until they released the Hybrid with a little more durability and pit zips. But if you are looking for a running rain jacket, The North Face HyperAir Trail GTX is ideal.

Weight


The Drypoint is an impressively lightweight 3-layer hardshell jacket; this is largely due to the use of Gore-Tex Active fabric. However, REI also thought carefully about the features they wanted to include. There are only two hand pockets which double as vents with the mesh interior, and the adjustable hood and bottom hem feature lightweight toggles. The Drypoint feels lightweight on your shoulders and adds little weight to your pack; we're a huge fan of this jacket.


Features


The Drypoint is a streamlined and simple hardshell. To save weight and improve comfort, REI didn't include a lot of extra pockets or zippers, and this suits the character of the jacket very well. The hood and hem adjust easily to seal out the elements. The hood has a stiffer brim that blocks raindrops from hitting your eyes in a driving rain. And that's about it—simple, smart, useful, affordable.


We appreciated that REI placed the two hand pockets high so you can access them, even if you're wearing a backpack hip belt or harness. And these double as core vents in a pinch with mesh lining. This is not our favorite way of venting in driving rain, as you can get pretty wet with vents that face forward; however, these are great for those times you're pushing hard, and the precip has slowed, but you can't pause to shed the jacket just yet.

The Drypoint is a simple  streamlined  lightweight hardshell jacket.
The Drypoint is a simple, streamlined, lightweight hardshell jacket.

For a plethora of features, check out the amazing Mammut Nordwand Pro HS, which is an excellent hardshell for expeditions and technical alpinism of the most extreme variety.

Durability


The Drypoint is such a simple jacket that there is little to fail other than the fabric itself. Admittedly, the fabric is fairly thin and lightweight, but it is still fairly durable 20 denier ripstop nylon.


For the burliest, most durable jackets in this review, you will want to look toward the expedition shell jackets such as the Arc'teryx Alpha SV or the Mammut Nordwand. But here we can make a plug for some of our heavier shells that didn't score very well overall but would be great for in-bounds skiing, the Outdoor Research Skyward and the very stylish and comfortable FlyLow Vixen.

Versatility


The Drypoint is an impressively versatile model. It is lightweight enough to earn a spot in your backpack on fast-and-light missions, but burly enough for most year-round mountaineering and mid-elevation alpine climbing. It does especially well in high output aerobic activities where light weight, comfort, and breathability are a priority.

Best Applications


The Drypoint is best suited to fast and light missions where pack weight is critical, and breathability is a priority. This hardshell is light enough you might even consider leaving your wind shirt at home (might) if you're really trimming ounces. This is a lightweight specialist, but it still is burly enough for general mountain use and most adventures—minus the most extreme polar and high elevation expeditions.

Value


At only $249, this is an impressive jacket for the price. It is highly versatile and costs little to your backpack weight and your pocketbook. Nice work, REI.

Conclusion


The Drypoint GTX from REI is an awesome waterproof jacket for the weight—and the price. It is one of the lighter jackets in this review and boasts some of the best materials for its purpose with the use of three-layer Gore-Tex Active fabric. The Drypoint is minimal on features, yet thoughtful. The high hand pockets are accessible when wearing a harness and double as vents with their mesh lining. There are hood and hem adjustment toggles to seal out the weather and an excellent if subtle, brim on the hood to keep raindrops and snowflakes out of your eyes. We were thoroughly impressed with this hardshell jacket from REI.

With the REI Drypoint  we could embark on a wide variety of soggy and stormy adventures.
With the REI Drypoint, we could embark on a wide variety of soggy and stormy adventures.


Lyra Pierotti