by Don Wilson | 2006-01-28 03:00:00-07
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.
"GoLite Virga Rain Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Don Wilson. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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