One of the most innovative products to hit the market. This review summarizes results from more than 600 boil tests.
The Moonstone Nitro Jacket is a feature-rich rain jacket for the alpinist wanting helmet headroom and a short hem.
Excellent ventilation and fit, but a poor DWR and zipper durability issues.
A solid choice for the sloppy mountains of the Pacific Northwest, but deviates unnecessarily from the basic design of general purpose backpacking rainwear.
At this time, the lightest Gore-Tex (Pac-Lite) jacket available in the world - 8.8 oz.
Gateway page to BackpackingLight.com's 2004 rainwear reviews and rainwear gear guide.
The GoLite Phantom Rain Jacket weighs less than 12 oz yet provides full weather protection and good breathability with Gore-Tex Pac-Lite III fabric. This is a full-featured shell providing parka-length coverage, pit zips, and generous pocket space.
ACR Electronics TerraFix 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) First Looks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004)
Smaller and lighter, the ACR TerraFix 406 will garner more attention for its decreased weight and size.