User Review: Red Ledge Men's Thunderlight Parka
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $14.39
This does what it is designed to do; give you decent rain protection in an extremely light and inexpensive package
- Same features as MH and other hi-$$ brands
- They are cheap, buy two
- Not as waterproof as PVC, of course
- Not as breathable as Goretex, of course
So my supposedly water resistant softshell wetted through almost immediately in a wet spring snowstorm while skiing. I pull out the Red Ledge jacket and throw it over my layers and, viola, no more moisture seeping in. Every drop beaded up and a quick shake made it disappear.
It was breathable enough that the soft shell dried out about 50% while I skied. The snow was merciless; I couldn't see 100 yards and I cinched up the hood over my softshell hood and only had my nose and goggles exposed as I skied. The jacket near my face was damp inside of course but the back vent and pocket vents seemed to help it breathe a lot.
I am 5-10 220# and the XL fit over my other layers like it should. The large fit over a fleece but would not layer over a puffy or softshell like I want. This jacket packs down to the size of an insulated coffee mug (comes with a stuff sack even though the left pocket fits it too). It has almost identical material to the Goretex ultra light stuff and all the features of any major brand. It cinched down where I wanted it to and made me glad to own it.
I got it on super clearance for fourteen bucks so, why not?