You don't have to choose between windproof and waterproof - with the Ultra you get both.
- Weight 6.1 oz / 174 g
30,000 mm water entry pressure and 30,000 moisture vapor transmission rate. Exceeds the breathability and waterproof standards required by the Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc.
Provide airflow and cooling while wearing a hydration vest
Keeps rain out
Tunnel Effect hood
With ventilation allows ideal airflow
A big step up from the V1. Much more breathable, making it pleasant to wear even when the humidity is high. Its my go-to emergency storm shell when I’m not expecting bad weather so don’t want to carry full goretex. Fit works well for me as an athletic 6ft guy.
Simply FYI, I am 6’ and 160lbs, ordered the large size jacket, which, according to the sizing chart should have been just right. I found the jacket way to tight through shoulders and chest. It’s on it’s way back.
I have multiple UD products and have always been impressed with the quality and design. For years I've used the V1 jacket and been very impressed overall. That jacket was recently stolen which gave me an excuse to try out the V2. Overall, this is another great product from UD. While I think the breathability has improved since the V1, I have yet to find a true weatherproof jacket that breaths enough to use in all conditions. On chilly days (and even wet chilly days), I find myself constantly taking the jacket on and off to keep my temperature regulated. Every weatherproof jacket I've tried has felt like a sauna suit unless the temps are very low. When the temp does drop to around 20 or below, this jacket excels. I have worn it through a wet and heavy snowstorm and felt very comfortable. It keeps me shockingly dry from the snow and at a good running temperature. The built-in hand covers were more than enough to keep my fingers warm.
My biggest complaint is the packability of the jacket. The V1 packed down into a fist-sized ball that fit perfectly into the back of my AK mountain vest with room to spare. The V2 is still packable, but with the removal of the internal zipper and larger pocket, seems to take up more than double the space of the V1. I feel like this was a major step backward and enough drop from a 5 to 4 star product. Space is at a premium on runs, and making the product not pack down as small was a huge disappointment for me. On days I know I need it, I'm willing to make that sacrifice. But, I carried the V1 with me on any run not in the summer and I don't think the V2 is that same daily go-to product. I will most likely purchase another V1 to bridge the gap which is a shame, I really wanted this to be an overall improvement and not two steps forward, one step back.