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Slipping into Mont-bell’s Torrent Flier jacket is like going to a concept car show and having one of the dealers hand over the keys. This jacket is loaded with new fabric and fastener technologies. At the heart of the jacket is a highly breathable 3-layer Gore-Tex XCR fabric that weighs about the same as the lightest 2.5 layer Gore-Tex PacLite III, which brings the jacket weight down to around 12 ounces (our pre-production version weighed 11.8 oz). The Torrent Flier is outfitted with YKK AquaTech weatherproof zippers throughout, is made with meticulous stitching and manufacturing quality, and offers a well-contoured fit. A Napoleon chest pocket rounds out a great-fitting and functional jacket for lightweight backpackers. The catch? Technology comes at a price and your pocketbook will pay.
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