Patagonia Specter Jacket
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The Specter Jacket is the lightest waterproof shell that Patagonia makes. Made with Patagonia's Composite Seam System and new ripstop nylon, the Specter weighs less and has reduced bulk compared to its predecessor. Destined for active pursuits in bad weather, this jacket has a fully functioning hood and long mesh-lined pockets for core venting. Soft cordlocks close the hood to form a weather seal that won't rub you wrong. As well, the hem is equipped with an adjustable drawcord to block frigid drafts and cold splashes from sneaking in. Reflective logos remind oncoming traffic that you are there while you peddle through puddles. Cut to fit over layers, the Specter is invaluable as the jacket that should be with you always; no matter what the weather is doing when you leave the house. Patagonia shares their vision of a fast and light approach to foul-weather.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
Trekking the Khumbu during monsoon season means variable weather. But you can still pack light and be prepared with the Specter, Patagonia's lightest, fully waterproof hard shell (8.5 oz.) Made with their stitch-free Composite Seam System™ construction, the Specter is super compressible, durable and highly breathable. Long pockets with a stay-open elastic feature vent the torso, and a helmet-compatible, roll-down Optipull hood adjusts with one hand. With enclosed elastic wrists, and a reflective logo on front and back; the regular fit allows for all layering conditions. Reflective heat transfer logo on front and back 1.9-oz., 2.5-layer, 20 x 20 denier nylon with 40-denier ripstop yarns and a waterproof H2No® HB (highly breathable) barrier; Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish 241 g. (8.5 oz.) Imported.
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
Go fast. Stay dry. Designed for trail running and adventure racing, the Specter Jacket is the lightest waterproof shell ever made by Patagonia. The weather-ready construction is excellent in situations where you're going fast with either no pack or a lightweight hydration pouch (lumbar packs seem to match up best). Shaving ounces off this lightweight shell wasn't an easy feat--Patagonia developed their patent-pending Composite Seam System (CSS) for outerwear like their Specter Jacket. Many soft shell manufacturers offer designs with exceptional water repellency, but water still seeps in around stitched seams, so most offer taped or glued seams that sometimes chafe, wear or dig--especially beneath a pack. Patagonia's CSS design is just as durable but it's lighter and softer than rigid glue points and compresses easily within your backpack. CSS is a new sonic weld technology that does away with threads and seeping stitch holes. These weld seams have a special soft adhesive mesh tape that beats the width and weight of contemporary taped construction with a folding flex that can in some cases save up to 15% more pack space than compressed soft shells in similar sizes. Along the inside you'll find unique textured channels that help pull moisture away from your skin while easily sliding over a lightweight fleece middle layer. The hood is big and includes an enhanced face/neck closure to keep the rain from dribbling down your neck. Extended mesh pockets along the torso help enhance the overall venting.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version
The Patagonia® Specter Jacket allows you to pack light but be prepared for all the options--it's breathable and completely waterproof! Nylon fabric and Composite Seam System technology makes it lighter while improving wet weather performance, durability, softness and compressibility. Helmet-compatible, roll-down Optipull hood adjusts with one hand and has soft, integrated cordlocks. Long pockets with a stay-open elastic feature vents the torso. Enclosed-elastic wrists, a reflective logo on front and back and a water-resistant front zipper with hook-and-loop closures. Adjustable drawcord hem. Closeout.
- REI refers to the men's version