Knowing of my love for travel and the world in general, my girlfriend bought me this jacket about 5 years ago and since then it has become famous amongst my friends and has started more conversations than I can count. It is basically a tyvek jacket with a world map printed on it. I thought I would share it with everyone as it is the most ridiculous piece of clothing I have ever owned, which just happens to be a really useful piece of ultralight gear. Don't you just love it when you weigh something you have owned for years and discover it's ultralight without even trying?
Hooded version - http://www.lesliejordan.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=49
Hoodless version with collar - http://www.lesliejordan.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=51
Hoodless collarless version (this is the one I own) - http://www.lesliejordan.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=50
Poncho version - http://www.lesliejordan.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=80
It is pretty good in the rain, highly windproof, breathes pretty well. I would class it as a windshirt rather than a rain shell. Not the most durable piece of clothing ever I guess, but it has lasted me 5 years of use hiking and drunkenly dancing at parties so it has lasted admirably really.
I have the hoodless, collarless version in small and it weighs 4 7/8 oz and packs up to the size of a soda can. I am 140 pounds, 5'10" with a 38" chest and it fits me fine with a baselayer and lightweight fleece underneath. if I were to buy another one though I would definitely go for the hooded version in a medium to allow for greater flexibility with layering and greater versatility. Mine has two external waist height zipless pockets and two zipless internal pockets. Some measurements of mine are:
armpit to armpit 20"
shoulder to sleeve 24"
here is the jacket next to a patagonia down sweater in small for reference
My land of birth, the UK in the armpit of the world. he he
May not be to everyone's liking, and its appearance may very well make some people feel nauseous, but I'm sure there are a few of you who would love one of these. Who ever said ultralight gear has to be boring? he he.