Montbell's UL Wind Jacket has been around for a couple of years, but at 2.6 ounces and with a full front zipper it is still among the leading windshirts. The UL Wind Jacket uses a 15 denier Ballistic Airlight nylon shell fabric which is treated with Montbell's PolkaTek DWR. The shell fabric is translucent and really looks wild with the right clothes as a base layer. It features a chest zip pocket and elastic lycra cuffs and hem.
I've used my UL Wind Jacket for a couple of seasons, and carried it as my primary wind and water protection for a month on the PCT this spring. My jacket has held up surprisingly well, with only the plastic zipper showing some signs of wear. The full front zipper is the best feature of the UL Wind Jacket in my opinion - giving the user considerable control over ventilation and stretching the comfort zone more than many pullover style windshirts. It has also served me well in light rain - the DWR treatment is still repelling water well after two summer seasons of use. If I have any complaint about this jacket, it is the breathability of the fabric, which seems less than some other windshirts - again the full zipper can help to overcome breathabilty with ventilation.
Features and Specifications
2.6 oz (74 g) as measured, size L
Full front zipper
15d Ballistic Airlight ripstop nylon shell fabric, with DWR
Elastic cuffs and hem
Single chest pocket
"Montbell UL Wind Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW," by Don Wilson. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364). http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/montbell_ul_windjacket_spotlite_review.html, 2006-02-06 03:00:00-07.