- Mar 25, 2020 at 8:21 am #3637706Mar 26, 2020 at 9:44 am #3637872Brad RogersMember
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
The only one I have tried was the older model of the Mont-Bell Versalite. It was a nice jacket in a lot of ways, really full featured and had a good fit. If you plan on wearing it all day, I’m not a huge fan of 2.5 layer shells as they tend to get clammy, but it was a step above the OR Heliem and similar jackets. My question on the new model is how long would it take for the GTX Windstopper membrane to clog with oil.
Pro’s I see – Mont-Bell has a history of making high end, high quality gear. Patterning and fit should be excellent. The fabric is Gore Tex (despite my distain for their marketing and business practices, I have found GTX rain gear to be the best on the market). Cost is decent. My guess is the fit and finish of the Mont-Bell will be superior to the others.
Cons – 2.5 layer fabric, unknown durability of membrane (oil contamination) – though I think Gore would stand behind it.
Enlighted Equipment Visp
I’ve never owned a EE product but while their quilts seem like a good value, they appear to not have as good of patterning as Nunatak and Katabatic, so I wonder if that would carry over.
Pro’s – 3L fabric, which I prefer in all day rain, Assuming you can believe it the breath ability number is off the charts. Can be custom ordered will lots of features and color options. Price is decent.
Cons- It looks like patterning and fit are not the best. Unknown fabric
I’ve owned a few Z-Packs pieces (two packs, a quilt, and a shelter and some misc stuff sacks etc) and while they were all perfectly functional , they really did look like they were sewn in someones garage.
Pro’s – Fabric made in Japan (so it must be decent right??), Full featured
Con’s – Expensive compared to the other two, patterning and fit, helmet compatible hood, sewing quality???
BPL Reviewed the EE and Z-Packs recently.Mar 27, 2020 at 2:37 pm #3638088
Brad thank very much for your thorough response. The information you provided is really helpful as these jackets are pretty expensive. I’m favoring Mont-bell at the moment. Thanks again and stay well.Mar 27, 2020 at 7:19 pm #3638144Joe McNairMember
I have the Mont-Bell Versalite and used it on the trail before leaving because of the virus. Very quality product. Fit was perfect. Really enjoyed the pit zips. The only negative is that the front zipper can be a pain especially if it is cold out. Hard to get it zipped. Over all I would definitely recommend it.Mar 27, 2020 at 9:14 pm #3638157
Thanks Joe. Sorry your trip ended due the virus. Your reply on your Mont-bell jacket is helpful however. I also just read this recent BPL article https://backpackinglight.com/enlightened-equipment-visp-rain-jacket-review/
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