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Comparing Wind Jackets

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Price $99.00 at REI
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Pros Low price, simple and effective design, tiny packed-size, impressive DWR coatingUltimate breathability, next-to-skin softnessLightest in the category, tiny packed size, larger chest pocketWell-ventilated, body-mapped Merino panelsLots of zippered pockets, ease of packing, elastic brim
Cons No feature to stow-away hood, thin material can feel clammy during high-output activityCold in a strong wind, expensiveSee-through material, under-performing DWR fabricLack of drawcords, billowyGoofy looking brimmed hood, swampy, lack of DWR treatment
Bottom Line The best overall value and performance in a lightweight package that sets the category standardAn ultralight, breathable, versatile layer for those who live by the mantra of fast-and-lightAn ultralight jacket purposefully built for fast and light mountain missionsPackable weather protection that skillfully incorporates Merino into a well-ventilated shellBest-in-class storage in a lightweight, ripstop-nylon shell, all at an affordable price
Rating Categories Patagonia Houdini Patagonia Houdini Air Black Diamond Dista... Smartwool Merino Sp... Rab Vital Windshell
Wind Resistance (30%)
8.0
6.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Breathability and Venting (30%)
8.0
10.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Weight and Packability (20%)
8.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
Fit and Functionality (10%)
7.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
9.0
Water Resistance (10%)
8.0
6.0
4.0
7.0
6.0
Specs Patagonia Houdini Patagonia Houdini Air Black Diamond Dista... Smartwool Merino Sp... Rab Vital Windshell
Measured Weight (size M) 3.9 oz (size L) 4.0 oz 3.5 oz 4.8 oz 4.7 oz
Material 100% nylon ripstop, DWR finish 90% nylon (51% recycled) / 10% polyester double weave, DWR finish 100% nylon ripstop, woven w/ DWR treatment (Green Theme Technology) 100% nylon outer, 54% Merino wool / 46% polyester liner, DWR coating Hyperlite nylon
Pockets 1 zip (chest) 1 zip (chest) 1 chest zip 1 zip (chest) 3 zip (2 external hand, 1 internal)
Safety Reflective Material? No (company states reflective logo on left chest, too small to really be visible) No (company states reflective logo on left chest, too small to really be visible) No Yes reflective logos on chest, back, right arm; stripes on cuffs and seat hem Yes, reflective logo on chest and back
Stowable Pocket? Yes: chest pocket Yes: chest pocket Yes: chest pocket Yes: chest pocket Yes: internal pocket
Cuff Style Half Elastic Half Elastic Elastic Half Elastic Half Elastic
Hood Fits Over Helmet? Yes Yes Yes No Yes

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