Mountain Hardwear nailed it with the Stretch Ozonic, and it's sure to be a trendsetter. The Ozonic is lightweight, feels light against the skin, and it is compressible for packing in your backpack. It has a few design flaws which keep it out of our award-winning category for now, but with some field testing, we are optimistic that Mountain Hardwear will iron out the details.
Comfort is a big plus with the four-way stretch of the Ozonic, and the fabric is some of the best we've experienced in rainwear--in fact, this jacket feels almost more like a soft shell. The Ozonic loses some comfort points with its half-sized, half-hearted, virtually useless and uncomfortably placed pit zips. But a rain jacket that feels like a light sweatshirt and breathes almost like a soft shell has, to say the least, a lot of potential.
The Stretch Ozonic was updated this year! Keep reading to learn about the jacket's new features.