What's Available: Lightweight Wind-Proof Jackets

Lightweight wind-proof jackets are an essential part of the modern British climber's gear list. Here we give a selection of what is available, with weights and prices so that you can compare the products and find the right jacket for you.

Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody - £120

Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody  © Arc'teryx
Extremely light and compressible, this hooded windshell features ultralight minimalist construction and stows in the chest pocket for maximum packability. Made with a premium wind resistant fabric that has surprising strength and resilience, this very light layer provides simple, effective shelter. Use the Squamish Hoody when the temperature begins to drop, in cool winds or over an air permeable midlayer.


Berghaus VapourLight Stretch Windshirt - £100

Berghaus VapourLight Stretch Windshirt  © Berghaus
Lightweight and weather resistant with fantastic freedom of movement - the Men's VapourLight Stretch Windshirt is the perfect weather barrier for fast paced dynamic sports.

Super stretch fabric facilitates freedom of movement allowing you a comfortable unrestricting fit through your favourite trail sports. PERTEX® 100 DWR fabric is water resistant and highly windproof so that you can continue your activity through the unexpected showers or cold winds.


Lowe Alpine Lithium Jacket - £60

Lowe Alpine Lithium Jacket  © Lowe Alpine
Protection for fast paced activities in the outdoors! This lightweight yet tough, wind resistant jacket has a mesh back to provide ventilation comfort to enhance your performance. Made of Pertex® Microlight, breathable fabric with a water resistent finish, this quick dry jacket is one easy to wear, easy to carry piece of essential outdoor gear.


Mammut Micro Jacket - £120

Mammut Micro Jacket  © Mammut
Very light and easily stowable weather protection jacket for long running sessions. Resistant to wind and water.


Marmot Ether DriClime - £90

Marmot Ether DriClime  © Marmot
Sacrifice nothing! With the magic-like bi-component wicking of DriClime® on the inside, and cutting-edge wind and water resistant fabric on the outside, you’ll be dry, comfortable, and happy, no matter where the trail takes you.


Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Jacket - £100

Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer Hooded Jacket  © Mountain Hardware
A hooded jacket simply can’t get any lighter. Weighing in at a mind-bending 59g, this jacket is so unique that only one mill in the world is capable of making its special fabric. With its ability to stuff into its own pocket, nearly forgotten until the weather turns, it’s a runner’s/biker’s dream.



Patagonia Nine Trails Jacket - £90

Patagonia Nine Trails Jacket  © Patagonia
Whether you're cruising on endless forest singletrack or running up scree on a lung-busting mountain pass, the lightweight Nine Trails Jacket keeps pace. It features an articulated fit, and is made of tough and wind-resistant 1.1-oz. 100% nylon, with extremely breathable stretch-woven recycled polyester fabric in the back and underarm panels to vent excess heat. A slightly dropped tail and extended back-of-hand cuffs provide extra coverage when needed. The high-rise, tricot-lined neck and elastic-bound drawcord hem seal out chilly weather; a DWR (durable water repellent) finish sheds light rain. The running jacket stuffs into its own center back zippered pocket (with clip-in loop). With reflective logos on the front and back.


Rab Cirrus Wind Top - £60

Rab Cirrus Wind Top  © Rab
The Cirrus Wind Top is the full zip version of the Cirrus Pull-on, and like it uses an updated Pertex Quantum 20 denier fabric. The Wind Top also features an under-helmet hood and 2 zipped hand-warmer pockets. The left pocket doubles as an integral stuff sack.

Designed for fast and light use the Cirrus Wind Top is a fully featured jacket that can be used over layers to create a warm and windproof clothing system yet weighs in at just 140g.

The Cirrus Wind Top is ideal for adventure racers, mountain marathons, fell runners, mountain bikers, or even for super lightweight alpine style ascents on rock where wind proof protection is required.

  • Weight: 140g (size large)
  • Price: £60
  • More Information: Rab Website


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7 Jul, 2014
But are any of them any good?
7 Jul, 2014
Wot no Montane Featherlite?
7 Jul, 2014
Agreed. Am mulling over getting a Houdini and was hoping this review would help.
7 Jul, 2014
No Rab Vapour Rise?
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