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It's light and breathes better than normal rain jackets but it ain't very waterproof. I sweat a lot so it gets pretty moist inside but the waterproof issue or lack thereof bugs me since I opted to "save" $50 buying this instead of the new TNF waterproof equivalent. Let me just say in moderate rain, I was soaked and cold after 25 minutes in the rain. How are these guys staying dry for two hours in the stuff. It is a nice windbreaker but for the cost I feel ripped off. AVY on Jan 17th 2017
Jacket fits well and like the hood although it's not packable and is a major parachute behind you when not worn.
Prob here is with most all waterproof jackets that claim to breathe - it doesn't really - breath that is.
The ventilation is poor at best and the swampiness inside the jacket ensues as soon as you start to really sweat just like jackets that are a fair bit cheaper.
The vents are a material and they get REALLY stinky too. Ultralope on Jan 2nd 2017
sorry waterproofness didn't meet what expected . it didn't keep me dry . Unknown on Sep 18th 2016
Deliver what it promise Eduardo on Jun 13th 2016
This jacket is amazing so far. To be fair, I have only used this a handful of times in light to moderate rain, but it has kept me completely dry every time. I use this as a packable for running and bicycle commuting. It packs down to a soda can size, so takes up no space in a pack or vest. Was a toss up between this and the Outdoor Research Helium II for size, weight, and waterproofness. The mitts and vents made this an easy choice despite being $30-65 more depending on the sale. Jacket vents as well or better than any other I have worn and without annoying pit zips. Only thing I cannot comment on is durability. I am always fearful of gear that is this light and packable. But it gets five of five 'til it proves otherwise. For sizing, 5'10", 151, 39in. chest, 30 in. waist and I went medium. It is an athletic fit at best. Not much room for layers. Andrew on Apr 29th 2016
The jacket works perfectly - it is light and packable, but works wonderfully as a shell. Keeps you dry, breathes just about as you could possibly expect for something waterproof, and the built-in visor on the hood is a stroke of brilliance. My only issue is the color. If you are going to be running in the rain, the last color you want your jacket to be is dark grey. Yes, there are reflective details, but only on one arm and on the front. It is very easy to blend in to wet asphalt and dark clouds when your jacket is the same color as wet asphalt and dark clouds. Wish it were bright yellow or orange, and with more reflective patches on the back, then it would be 5 stars all day long. brownizo on Mar 4th 2016
Great fit and construction. The mittens and the visor are well-designed. The mittens will save you on that long run when it's windy or you've been out running for hours in the rain. Completely waterproof and breaths well. When the rain stops or the temps climb, just pack it up and throw it in your vest. You won't be dissapointed. Johnny O on Feb 22nd 2016
I bought the men's ultra jacket as an alternative to my Patagonia M10. Both are lightweight, and provide a comfortable fit for long distance running (with a hydration vest). The ultra vest is far easier to pack, and the built in visor and mittens are great features. I have used the ultra in two runs with rain, and appears to be pretty water proof. I am concerned that the material will not retain the ability to repeal water, but only time will tell. the medium is slightly large to fit, but not too bad. For the price, the ultra is a truly outstanding value. Terry on Nov 13th 2015
I wore this jacket while running the Grindstone 100 and was very pleased with it. It rained on us for a few hours during the night and I stayed dry and warm. The built in mittens may seem a bit cheesy at first, but it didn't take long for me to realize how brilliant they are. As for the hood, the bill actually worked for keeping the rain out of my eyes and the ventilation was awesome. I could actually feel air moving through the hood, keeping me from getting too hot. The zipper does have a tendency to get caught, but it's not that bad. Once the rain stopped and it warmed up a bit, I was able to easily stuff this thing in its own pocket and toss it back in my pack on the run. Nick on Oct 28th 2015
The built-in mittens are brilliant. John on Oct 26th 2015
overall this jacket sounds great and i'm buying one. the previous three reviews seem staged. are they? cory on Sep 17th 2015
Ultimate Direction did their homework and produced a great lightweight jacket for all conditions. The two unique features that set this jacket apart for me are the hood and built in mittens. The hood is secure and easily moves with you to where you are looking. The mittens are ingenious and allow for quick hand warmth when you need it without having to pack or dig for a pair of gloves. Overall a great jacket for a cold snowy/rainy day in the mountains. Jeremy on Sep 13th 2015
UD nails it again. I am baffled that something so simple, a waterproof shell!, could see such an improvement over existing products. Stripped down to the bare essentials, this jacket is so light and small that there is no excuse to leave it home. One of my favorite parts is the elastic band in-line with the forehead, which means that the hood moves with your head, rather than fighting against it as you look left/right. This nuance is awesome from a usability standpoint. The mitts are also surprisingly useful and I've been grateful for them on more occasions that I care to admit! Jared on Sep 12th 2015
Extremely lightweight jacket, ...lighter than I thought. Even with a steady downpour of rain I was still dry underneath. The built in mittens added comfort to my cold hands and easy to tuck in when I get warm. I agree with the band Spinal Tap......this jacket goes to 11 !!! Brian on May 26th 2015