The Orbital Jacket is designed to feel soft and comfortable like a soft shell while providing the protection of a more traditional hardshell. An impressive set of features help make this a highly practical jacket for a range of activities.
Mountain Equipment says:
A light, stretchy and highly packable waterproof shell for fast moving trekkers and mountaineers. With full stretch and minimal weight the Orbital Jacket gives all day comfort and complete freedom of movement whether you’re covering long distances in the mountains or racing up Alpine classics. Our Mountain HC hood gives complete protection in exposed situations and pit zips allow you to vent on the move.
Mountain Equipment's Orbital Jacket uses Drilite Stretch fabric to blur the lines between hardshell and softshell with this stretchy and comfortable waterproof jacket. The Drilite fabric provides some impressive stats with 20,000 HH and 35,000 MVTR which would be great on a more traditional hard shell, let alone on something like this. The outer has a soft feel and provides a good amount of stretch that allows excellent freedom of movement.
To back up the impressive fabric this jacket has some great features such as the stiffened peak on a mountain fit, helmet compatible and adjustable hood. Pit zips to aid ventilation when you heat up, which are rare on a jacket of this weight. The hem uses a nice drawcord while the cuffs use Velcro for adjustments to help you keep the worst of the weather out. This has all the comfort and features for all day wear in changeable conditions but is still light enough to go in your pack for emergency use.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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