REI Co-op Drypoint GTX Review
|Brand and Model||REI Co-op Drypoint GTX|
|Pros||Low weight, excellent breathability and great fit|
|Cons||Lack of pit zips|
|Best Uses||Day Hiking, General Outdoor|
REI Co-op Drypoint GTX Overview
The REI Co-op Drypoint GTX is a lightweight rain jacket with solid weather; it is useable for hour-long day hike or week-long backpacking trip. Besides, the stretchy fabric gives you an excellent freedom of movement while hiking or doing outdoor activities.
The REI Co-op Drypoint GTX includes all the necessary and important main features: It is waterproof, breathable and comfortable with smart pocket placement and others cool features.
In brief summary, the REI Co-op is highly functional for your backcountry trip regardless it’s pricier than some other rain jackets.
The Drypoint GTX uses the Gore-Tex Active waterproof membrane that features 3-layer design. This is the lightest and most breathable fabric in the Gore-Tex line. Moreover, this rain jacket is built for weather protection which is great during hiking in severe storms.
Even though the lack of pit zips, the breathability of the Drypoint GTX is very significant. In fact, the breathability is one of the biggest selling points of the REI Drypoint GTX due to the Gore-Tex Active fabric and the two mesh-lined hand pockets.
Opening the mesh-lined hand pockets helps to release body heat which lets you to hike for hours without feeling clammy or uncomfortable.
Weight, Durability and Packability
At 10.5 ounces, the REI Drypoint is one of the lighter rain jackets on the market. It’s lighter than the Marmot Precip at 10.52 ounces but heavier than the Patagonia M10 Anorak at just 7 ounces. However the Drypoint GTX is not the lighter rain jacket, it is super weather resistance for hikers looking for a high quality jacket.
The REI Drypoint prioritizes breathability over durability. In reality, the Drypoint has a relatively thin fabric with 20-denier rip stop nylon shell which is insufficient for climbing, but it offers appropriate durability for hiking and backpacking.
In terms of packability, the Drypoint GTX is not designed to pack away into one of its own hand pockets which would be a small disadvantage. Regardless, the flexible Gore-Tex Active membrane and the thin 20-denier rip stop nylon shell help you compress it easily into its own hood.
In terms of features, the Drypoint GTX has a comfortable and adjustable hood with a built-in visor which protects your face from rain without affecting the field of vision. However, the hood is not helmet compatible, but as a hiker, you probably don’t use a helmet in your trail.
The Drypoint GTX has two mesh-lined hand pockets without a chest pocket. These hand pockets are easily accessible even while wearing a backpack.
Fit and Comfort
The fit of the Drypoint GTX is nice and comfortable which creates impressive freedom for most outdoor activities. Besides, the Drypoint GTX length sleeves cover the entirety of your arms.
Pros and Cons
- Low weight and excellent breathability
- Great wind and weather protection
- Great fit and comfort
- Lack of pit zips
- Not as durable as other models