REI Aegis Jacket
The REI Aegis Jacket is a lightweight, packable soft…
Source: received it as a personal gift
The REI Aegis Jacket is a lightweight, packable soft shell, excellent as a shell in light rain and snow situations. The Aegis's waterproof hood, shoulders, upper chest, and sleeves provide excellent protection in moderate snow and light rain, while allowing high breath-ability through the rest of the the lower chest material.
Perfect for high energy activities such as digging a snow cave because it is only waterproof where it needs to be and breathes like it isn't even there. Perfect as a shell over a down sweater or light puffy.
- Very light
- Packs small
- Waterproof where necessary
- Highly breathable
- Scratchy/itchy lining
I received this jacket about a year ago from my dad as a gift. Evidently he had bought it at a garage sale. At first I was a little apprehensions about the odd jacket that couldn’t decide what it was, a soft shell or a hard shell. My view quickly changed when I tried it out snowboarding layering it over a down sweater, I found that the soft shell material was highly breathable but also very snow resistant perfect for high energy applications.
The fit of this jacket is superb for its price range allowing great mobility through its stretch material and roomy cut. Though I usually wear a large the one I use is an XL since it is mainly to be used over other large jackets.
This jacket packs very small and light allowing you to bring a hard shell in addition if heavy rain is a possibility. It also weighs in at just under a pound.
The Aegis’s construction is superb with all welded seams and bonded zippers, but not so many bells and whistles that it would be weighed down.
The Aegis features two hand pockets, an adjustable hood and underarm gussets.
I have used this jacket on over 12 different occasions now and have seen no degradation or regular wear yet. I plan to use it for years to come and would recommend it to anyone in need of a good, light snow soft shell.
Digging my Snow Cave at Lake Valhalla near Stevens Pass, Washington.
Here's what other sites are saying:
REI® Aegis offers lightweight weather protection in milder climates, great breathability and mobility--and the price just can't be beat! This hybrid jacket's main body is made from a stretch double-weave soft-shell fabric that offers great mobility and breathability while resisting rain. Hood, shoulders, upper sleeves and hip areas are made from a stretch, waterproof, breathable fabric to keep you dry in the most vulnerable areas. The two fabrics are completely welded together for great durability and mobility, with less bulk. Attached hood has hidden volume-adjustment cord at back of head and brushed tricot chin guard. Underarm gussets ensure a comfortable range of motion. Features two hand pockets with sleek, reverse-coil zippers. Hem drawcord exits into hand pockets; lightweight hook-and-loop tabs at the cuffs adjust the fit. Full-length, sleek reverse-coil front zipper. All zippers are bonded in rather than sewn in for low bulk and extra durability.
- REI refers to the men's version