O2 Rainwear Original Hooded Jacket
|Price:||$29.95 - $33.95|
- 100% Polypropylene
- Extremely compact
- The perfect basic rain jacket for jacket
- Waterproof, breathable & windproof
- Drawstring hood fits over or under helmet
- Storm flap covered full length front zipper
- Packs into a handy stuff sack (included)
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Our ultra lightweight and packable Original Series Hooded Jacket is the most affordable breathable rain gear you can buy. It is extremely compact to fit into a jersey pocket. It's perfect for casual riders or dedicated race spectators. NOTHING. STOPS.YOU.
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Weight: about 6 ounces - hard to find anything lighter
Waterproof: I've only been rained on once with it, but it seemed to do the job. I read a detailed review where the reviewer said he shaped part of the jacket like a cup, filled it with water, and left it sit for 24 hours with no leaking (he claimed that Gore-Tex is not as waterproof). I tried a similar experiment. I turned the stuff sack inside out (made of the same material as the jacket), filled it with water, and hung it by the drawstring. A few hours later, there were a few drops forming on the surface in a few spots. When I emptied it and turned it right-side-out, the areas that had leaked seemed to have water sticking to them, unlike the rest of the surface where the water rolled right off. Perhaps the leaky areas had small abrasions from being carried around in my pack. Anyway, I wouldn't consider the tiny amount of leakage significant considering that water pressure was applied for hours.
Breathable: Scientific studies show the Propore material that this jacket is made out of is much more breathable than Gore-Tex, especially when there is minimal water vapor, so you don't have to wait until a lot of water vapor builds up inside the jacket for it to start breathing. Based on my own experience, I guess it breathes OK, but it's hard to really say. The jacket is windproof, so your body heat gets trapped inside the jacket, so you'll feel hotter with the jacket on even if your sweat is able to get out.
Packable: You can crush it down pretty small, but if it isn't kept under pressure it will puff back up. This is actually somewhat related to how it feels when you wear it. The sleeves don't really lay down on your arms; they puff up around your arms. This is a good thing, since it allows some space for air instead of sticking to your sweaty arms when you are hiking.
Material feel: The material is very thin, and feels smooth somewhat like plastic on the outside, and somewhat like cloth (with a very slight furriness) on the inside. It feels comfortable. The long review I read claimed it was "brittle." I completely disagree with that. The material is thin, and you could probably poke your finger through if you wanted to, but it is extremely flexible, not brittle. I definitely would NOT expect it to withstand rubbing against sharp rocks -- the material is more like a plastic bag than like nylon fabric.
The material is bright yellow, which is good if you don't want to be run over by a car or shot by a hunter. I wear large shirts (6 feet tall, 190 pounds, athletic build), and the large jacket fit me as I would expect -- just barely enough extra room to slip my hydration pack underneath if I want to. It's pretty minimalistic. There are no pockets. The zipper doesn't look like it will last forever, but then neither does the material (it aims to be lightweight -- you can't have everything).
This is a great jacket if weight and breathability are important to you. It's not fancy or cool-looking. If you want a raincoat to hang in the closet and wear to the mall, this is NOT the jacket for you.
It was also delivered very quickly.
It would great for hiking biking fishing ect. because it folds up so small it doesn't take up much room at all.
As you can tell I highly recommend this hooded rain jacket, you won't be disappointed.
The first picture is me while I was testing the jacket planting flowers in the rain and clothes under the jacket, dry!
The second picture is my mom with my jacket on waiting to be picked up at the airport to start her Seattle vacation.
So I bought this hooded version in a size medium because the description says it has a roomy fit. Roomy is an understatement. I could have fit two of me in the chest and waist (5'10", 155lbs.). So I returned the medium and ordered the small. I still swim in the small, but it's a little better. I would love to see O2 Rainshield revamp the cut of these jackets.
I'll be using this jacket for lightweight bicycle tours and backpacking, so the rain jacket will, aside from protecting me from rain, act as my wind shell and my final layer when hanging out in camp if it's cold. I should be able to wear my down vest under this jacket without the jacket compressing the down.
For $25, this is a great value. It breathes well and the material has a much better feel to it than the 2 and 2.5 layer jackets with their plasticky inner layer.
During a cold rain I imagine these would be perfect.
As it happens I wear the jacket as a bicycling jacket in case of rain. It works fine. It's also very lightweight; the material is some sort of space-age product as thin as paper but very waterproof. For bicycling and camping this is perfect. For warmth, just zip it up - your body heat isn't going anywhere, but expect to sweat.
I manage to roll up this jacket AND the rain pants and pack them both in the provided little stuff sack. Thus, very convenient to transport, very lightweight, very efficient in keeping the rain off. For the price I paid this is an excellent deal.