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.
REI Co-op Drypoint GTX - Women's Review
Cons: No pits zips, crunchy material
Manufacturer: REI Co-op
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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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
— Katherine Elliott