REI Gossamer Jacket
Fabric: rip-stop nylon outer shell
Price Paid: $109
Love this jacket, form fitting, comfortable, warm, and layers easily. I'm 5'10" tall and 180 lbs, and the Large size allows me to fit other shells either over and under the Gossamer. Stands up well to abuse. More water resistant than claimed. However, the only reason I don't give it 5 stars--the hood cinch. Instead of being at the chin area, framing the face, it is in the rear of the hood, and closes across the ears, making it hard to "seal" the face area.
Other than that, never leave home without it. In fact, got caught by surprise recently (early March, on the AT near Afton, Va.) with a storm--lucky me, underpacked, too lite sleeping bag, the whole 9 yards--and stayed warm as toast wearing my Gossamer in the bag. And at less than a pound, you gotta love it. Don't understand why REI stopped vending this awesome jacket.
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Gossamer is a great-fitting, great-feeling insulating jacket that works even in wet weather--a refined, modern alternative to a down jacket! Pertex® Quantum nylon ripstop shell is lightweight and durable, and offers silky softness that enhances the insulation's loft. DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish causes water to bead up and roll off, fending off light rain showers and snow. Incredibly lightweight, PrimaLoft® One insulation is an ultra-fine microfiber blend that delivers down-like softness yet is water repellent. Designed with reduced insulation in sleeves for more comfort and less bulk. Integral storm hood is soft and warm; features smooth stretch binding around face and a perhipheral drawcord adjustment at back of head. Front zipper with inside wind flap and soft, comfortable chin guard protects you from zipper abrasion. Stretch binding at cuffs and drawcord hem helps keep warmth in and cold out. Features two zippered hand pockets and one inside security pocket. Gossamer works equally well as a stand-alone jacket or layers easily underneath a shell jacket like the REI Squamish, sold separately.
- REI refers to the men's version