User Review: Mountain Hardwear Men's Epic Jacket
Fabric: Epic Ripstop Nylon (Conduit SL)
Price Paid: $100 (msrp 125)
This was my first "high performance" type outerwear. I was just getting into backpacking and didn't really know why I was paying $100 for a rain coat. Now two years later, I know that I would have paid plenty more. It's kept me dry in all conditions and has lasted well. The rip-stop fabric is excelent. I had two rips because the jacket caught on a nail and then a car door, and I patched the two rips with kenyon adhesive tape.
It weighs 13 ounces (you ultralight hikers would love it) and packs tiny. Because it's so light, it does really well in the warmer weather. It has pitzips if you overheat. The hood has two adjustments on it and can fit perfectly.
I LOVE THIS JACKET and I know you will too.
Also the fabric has Mountain Hardwear's Conduit SL laminate. I see no reason to pay for Gore-Tex. This works just as well in my oppinion.