GoLite sets a new mark in woven waterproof/breathable jackets with the release of the 6 ounce Virga jacket. The Virga uses GoLite's Alchemy 2 waterproof/breathable laminate and a limited set of features to meet the 6 ounce barrier.
Alchemy 2 is a 2 layer fabric with a ripstop nylon face, DWR finish, and microporous, hydrophilic PU coating. A silk protein inner layer enhances vapor transmission.
GoLite has broken new ground by reducing features and creating a simple, functional waterproof/breathable jacket for the ultralight market. At only $80, the Virga looks to be a good deal and should be a hot item when it hits the shelves in the fall.
Features and Specifications
6 ounce manufacturer specified weight
Full front zipper with storm flap
Elastic cuff closures
Elastic hood closure
No hem drawcord or elastic
"GoLite Virga Rain Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Don Wilson. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/golite_virga_rain_jacket_orwm2006.html, 2006-01-28 03:00:00-07.