MontBell Versalite Jacket
Price Paid: $100
Other jackets I have used:
The North Face Kichatna
Sierra Designs Microlite Jacket
Packs away small.
Review 11-25-2006 (by Ray Borbon):
The Mont-Bell Versalite Jacket is equipped with water resistant zippers, located for under arm venting, and chest pockets. The jacket is fully seam taped, comes with an adjustable hood for rain, wind and snow, elastic arm cuffs with velcro, elastic band inside chest pockets and is made of a waterproof breathable material.
I've been using this jacket for summer alpine climbing, road biking and short ski trips around the Cascades and British Columbia for about 3 years. It is really cheap compared to high end name brand models like Marmot for example. Durability is good and so is the quality of this jacket. It continues to perform at least 3 times a week riding to work on my bicycle in the Seattle winters, keeping me as dry as it can and the wind from chilling my bones. For a 3 season shell jacket it is perfect. The jacket conforms closely to my body which permits me to climb better with it on ice climbs or for alpine rock climbs. It normally retails for $139. I don't have anything negative to say. Go get one.
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Mont-bell's Versalite Jacket is a lightweight, fully seam taped, 11 ounce jacket. Intended for multi-day summer backpacking when weight is on the line. Included is an adjustable hood, hem and cuffs, pit zips, and a stuff sack that helps packing for on the go use.
At 6.7 oz., MontBell's Versalite is ideally suited for multiday backpacking, bike packing, day hikes, or travel. Waterproof and breathable with an ultralight clean design, this is necessary gear for those that prize staying dry, shaving grams, and saving pack space.
Weighing in at less than seven ounces, the MontBell Men's Versalite Jacket offers high-level protection from storms and wet weather on the trail. This jacket rolls up easily and packs down small in your bag so you'll never be tempted to run, hike, or backpack without it. A host of technical features, including venting, further elevates the performance of this storm shell above that of its competitors.
The Montbell Versalite Jacket : MontBell's lightest weight full-featured rain shell. With core vent hand pockets and 12-inch pit zips the Versalite jacket makes comfort on the trail a certainty. Athletically cut for those Light & Fast 3-season wilderness experiences. Stay dry, stay comfortable, and stay moving! Available In: Thyme/ Muscat Dark Navy/ Cobalt Features 2-way adjustable hood 12 inch pit zips Mesh lined hand pockets Slightly Articulated elbows Fully seam taped Water resistant tab for the adjustable cuffs Draw cords for waist adjusent hidden in pockets Highly water resistant Aquatect zippers Materials Shell: # 30 denier Ballistic® rip-stop nylon w/DRY LIGHT TEC™ waterproof technology Weight 10.6 oz. (stuff sack included)