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REI Co-op Drypoint GTX - Women's Review

The Drypoint is a favorable GTX option that will keep you dry in all your drizzly outdoor pursuits.
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Price:  $250 List | $123.83 at REI
Pros:  Waterproof, long torso keeps you covered, great hood, well placed hand pockets for wearing a pack
Cons:  No pits zips, crunchy material
Manufacturer:   REI Co-op
By Katherine Elliott ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 17, 2018
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#7 of 10
  • Water Resistance - 30% 8
  • Breathability - 15% 7
  • Comfort - 20% 7
  • Weight - 15% 8
  • Durability - 15% 8
  • Packed Size - 5% 7

Our Verdict

The REI Co-op Drypoint is one the most favorable GTX options we tested. It is designed in a minimalistic fashion to help keep it light, yet it remains incredibly functional. Except for a few critical things this jacket lacked, it was a high contender for an award. It fell just short of our Top Pick winner, the Mountain Hardwear Stretch Ozonic, in both breathability and comfort.


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Pros Waterproof, long torso keeps you covered, great hood, well placed hand pockets for wearing a packWater resistant, wind resistant and breathableIncredibly stretchy, comfortable, lightweightExceedingly water resistant, great fit, comfortable fabricAffordable, breathable, water resistant, packable
Cons No pits zips, crunchy materialExpensive, sleeves a little shortExpensive, uncomfortable half-sized pit zipsNo pit zips for dumping excess heat in a pinch, expensiveShort torso and arms
Bottom Line The Drypoint is a favorable GTX option that will keep you dry in all your drizzly outdoor pursuits.Waterproof, breathable, and comfortable, the Aspire is an all-in-one marvel.Its status as a highly functioning stretchy rain jacket sets this model apart and will suit your active lifestyle be it rain or shine.Offering a sleek design and a genuinely comfortable fabric, this is a superior rain jacket for the hiking-oriented outdoors women.An economical, functional rain shell for any activity.
Rating Categories Drypoint GTX Aspire Stretch Ozonic Arc'teryx Zeta SL - Women's Marmot PreCip - Women's
Water Resistance (30%)
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Breathability (15%)
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Specs Drypoint GTX Aspire Stretch Ozonic Arc'teryx Zeta SL... Marmot PreCip -...
Measured Weight (oz) 9 11.4 9.8 9.5 8.4
# of Fabric Layers 3 2 2.5 2 2.5
Material Gore-tex 20D ripstop nylon Gore-Tex with Paclite product technology 2L, 100% polyester 50D plain weave Dry.Q Active Stretch 40D 2.5L (100% Nylon) 40-denier ripstop (N40r) GORE-TEX PACLITE Plus NanoPro 100% Nylon Ripstop 2.2 oz/ yd
Pockets 2 hand 2 hand, 1 chest 2 hand, 1 chest 2 hand 2 hand
Pit Zips No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hood Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Helmet Compatible Hood Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stows into Pocket No Yes Yes No Yes
Carabiner Loop in Stow Pocket No Yes No No Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The REI Co-op Drypoint GTX is REI's decade-long return to the Gore-Tex family, having used eVent fabric for numerous years in the past for their waterproof gear. The DryPoint comes equipped with a 3-layer membrane, which helped keep the wind out and provided excellent protection from rain. The main focus of this jacket was to keep it lightweight while also keeping you dry and comfortable, just falling short of earning an award.

Performance Comparison


This jacket is fully equipped with a 3-layer GORE-TEX Active laminate fabric  it kept us dry in the pouring rain and also while taking in the views on light hikes in the woods.
This jacket is fully equipped with a 3-layer GORE-TEX Active laminate fabric, it kept us dry in the pouring rain and also while taking in the views on light hikes in the woods.

Water Resistance


The Drypoint GTX showcases a return to the GORE-TEX family after almost a decade-long absence. The Drypoint holds true to its name; with its fully equipped 3-layer GORE-TEX Active laminate fabric, it kept us dry under the most severe of weather conditions. The DWR coating did wear out a bit quicker than others; in fact, it needed to be recoated just a month into testing. However, with an adequate DWR coating, even if it meant re-applying, the Drypoint GTX excelled in this metric.

The Drypoint GTX uses a 3-layer Gore-Tex laminate that performed incredibly well and kept us dry during testing.
The Drypoint GTX uses a 3-layer Gore-Tex laminate that performed incredibly well and kept us dry during testing.

Breathability


The Drypoint boasts a GORE-TEX active laminate fabric; while it kept us dry over time with persistent high impact exercise, the Drypoint was a bit clammy on the inside. Without the added benefit of pit zips, there was no way to prevent the buildup of precipitation accumulated while under duress. The pockets have a mesh liner that you can use to as ventilation when you really start to sweat, but it just wasn't quite on par compared to the others under review.

The lack of pit zips left us with a buildup of moisture while pursuing our aerobic flights of fancy.
The lack of pit zips left us with a buildup of moisture while pursuing our aerobic flights of fancy.

Comfort


The Drypoint has a slim fit that offers a more flattering look than some of the other jackets in the review. If you are planning on layering anything besides a tight-fitting baselayer, we recommend you size up, as the chest area was tight when we tried to put a puffy or a thick sweater on underneath. The all-around crunchy sound of the shell also was a little on the noisy side when moving around or when putting a pack on or taking it off. This model has a tall collar for more coverage but felt like too much material around the neck, especially when the rain subsides, and you have your jacket unzipped.

The extra high collar added a slight benefit for extra water protection when fully zipped but along with the sticky zippers it did tend to leave us uncomfortable and a little frustrated while zipping.
The extra high collar added a slight benefit for extra water protection when fully zipped but along with the sticky zippers it did tend to leave us uncomfortable and a little frustrated while zipping.

Weight


We were impressed by how light this jacket was considering the heavier feel of the fabric. Weighing in at 9 ounces, the Drypoint managed to keep the weight off and still produce an overall decent rain jacket. One feature that is worth noting is the minimalist hook and loop cuff tabs, which helped keep the rain without adding excess weight.


Durability


The Drypoint is outfitted with a nylon ripstop fabric that held its own while tromping through the thick of it. We did notice that the zippers were sticky and hard to pull up and down and lacked the effortless glide of others in the review. Even after spending a considerable amount of time in the Drypoint, the zippers never eased up.

We do appreciate and value the fact that the zippers were all waterproof and we didn't need that extra flap of fabric and Velcro to cover them from the elements; we recommend assessing if incredibly waterproof zippers are worth the trade-off.

Although the main zipper was continuously tough to zip up and down  they were fully taped and completely waterproof.
Although the main zipper was continuously tough to zip up and down, they were fully taped and completely waterproof.

Packed Size


We encountered a jacket that doesn't have a stow pocket to stuff itself into. While it does fold nicely into its own hood, it takes up more space than we would have liked in the bottom of our pack.

Without the added feature of a stow pocket  it was one of the largest packed jackets ion the test and took up a decent amount of room at the bottom of our packs.
Without the added feature of a stow pocket, it was one of the largest packed jackets ion the test and took up a decent amount of room at the bottom of our packs.

Best Applications


The Drypoint was a great all-around jacket for hiking in a light, but sustained rain. We were impressed with the high pockets, which allowed us to gain access, even while wearing a pack.

Value


Ringing up at $250, this was one of the more expensive rain jackets we put to the test. The minimal features kept the jacket lightweight while still maintaining the ability to keep us dry, but with a high price point, we would like to see pit zips to allow for a little more versatility in the outdoors.

Conclusion


The REI Drypoint is a lightweight GTX option that will keep you dry and safe from the downpours you may encounter in your outdoor pursuits. We would keep an eye out for those handy REI member coupons because it doesn't come cheap, though there is the bonus of a dividend.

The Drypoint GTX has an extra tall collar that was a little uncomfortable at times; however  the large hood allowed the rain to simply fall off the bill without making its way into the jacket itself.
The Drypoint GTX has an extra tall collar that was a little uncomfortable at times; however, the large hood allowed the rain to simply fall off the bill without making its way into the jacket itself.


Katherine Elliott