GEAR LOVE: LIGHTWEIGHT JACKET
RAINWEAR/WINDBREAKER: THIS LIGHTWEIGHT PORTABLE AND PACKABLE JACKET FROM ZEAGOO CLAIMS TO BE BREATHABLE, and to protect active outdoor types, likes runners and cyclists, from wind and rain. It’s not for warmth, and seems ideal for variable spring and summer warmer temperatures when wind/rain is possible.
There are many reviews by runners who have used this outerwear during races. As I have noticed with nearly all jackets that are advertised as rainwear, except for plastic or plastic-coated items, the reviews indicate rain is not blocked by this product; otherwise the greater percent of the reviews are positive (4-5 stars)
I have shopped widely in brick-and-mortar running specialty stores, looking for something that is compressible/packable, and found expensive jackets by famous makers with the very same issues. So, with a tiny bit of rain protection and some wind protection, at a LOW PRICE, this seems to fit my specific purposes.
It won’t be my go-to, stand-alone rainwear for all occasions, but something to tuck into a gym bag or suitcase for running or travel, respectively, when the weather is uncertain and precipitation is possible. Since it covers the upper body only, there’s no chance of staying fully dry anyway, especially if the heavens open.
I ordered two jackets; one in a lovely, somewhat visible, medium-blue color for running (size medium). I also selected a ‘sophisticated’ black one in size large for travel, in which a jacket would need to serve several purposes. The reason for the different sizes relates to layering. The blue jacket would not be worn over heavy or multiple tops, as running warms the body sufficiently in mildly cool weather, especially if wind is not a problem. The black one might need to fit over bulkier clothes for urban walking long-ish distances in cooler temperatures and for running on the same trip.
There a hood that can be tucked hidden away into the collar for protecting hair for a while; always a concern!
Unfortunately this clothing is not American made and there's no creation story to be found online that explains the sourcing or manufacturing or company culture. A jacket by Strafe Outerwear of Aspen, Colorado that has received rave reviews from skiers for being breathable and protecting it's wearers from rain and wind is the SCOUT. It is significantly more expensive.
If you can recommend a rain/wet and wind-blocking shell, please do!
GEAR LOVE page for link to Amazon.com
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