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Awards Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award  Top Pick Award Best Buy Award 
Price $74.25 at Backcountry
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$80.99 at MooseJaw
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$54.42 at Amazon
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$79.95 at MooseJaw
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Pros Low price, sleek fit, super small packed size, good DWR coating.Liner makes it warmer and helps wick moisture, great wind protection.Stretchy nylon, comfortable, very breathableGreat pocket space, neck snap for venting, brim gives some sun protectionVery wind and water resistant, solid features, affordable
Cons No way to stow hood away, a bit too snug for layering beneathToo hot for summer, doesn’t pack down very small.Sleeves a tad shortHood brim is goofy looking, internal pocket low, not the best breathabilityDoesn’t pack down small, not very breathable, large fit, bulky
Bottom Line The best value if money is a concern, and also the best wind breaker to hang on the back of a harness.A great layer for aerobic activities in cooler months, too much insulation for warm conditions.A stretchy and hyper mobile windbreaker that breathes well.A solid jacket at a great price. The pocket options were best in class.A high quality windbreaker at a low price point.
Rating Categories Patagonia Houdini Ether DriClime Tantrum II Vital Windshell Flyweight Hoodie
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Specs Patagonia Houdini Ether DriClime Tantrum II Vital Windshell Flyweight Hoodie
Measured Weight, size L 3.7 oz 8.5 oz 4.6 oz 4.7 oz 5.7 oz. (M)
Material 100% nylon ripstop, DWR finish 100% nylon double mini rip 100% nylon 20D mechanical stretch ripstop 20D nylon 100% 20D nylon
Pockets 1 zip (chest) 3 zip (2 hand & 1 chest) 1 zip (chest) 2 external hand, 1 internal zip 3 zip (2 hand, 1 chest)
Safety Reflective Material? Yes, reflective logo on chest and center-back at neck Yes, reflective logos on front, back, and one arm Yes, reflective logo Yes, reflective logo Yes, reflective logo
Stuffs into itself? Yes, stows in chest pocket Yes, stows in hand pocket Yes, stows in chest pocket Yes yes, stows in hand pocket
Adjustable Cuffs? Half Elastic Elastic Elastic Half Elastic Elastic
Hood? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes