M Wild Things Belay Jacket REVIEW
by Jay Ham
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The Wild Things Belay Jacket combines an Epic shell with over an inch of Primaloft One insulation. The Epic by Nextec shell is highly water-resistant and windproof. After several hours of hiking in sleeting rain and snow, moisture managed to soak through only at the shoulder straps and hip belt of my pack with no noticeable loss of loft or warmth. The two hand warmer pockets and full-length main zipper use water-resistant zippers. Along with a zippered inside security pocket, Wild Things added a 1-liter water bottle pocket to the inside, which keeps drinking water from freezing when the mercury drops. At 1 pound 14.0 ounces (850 g, men's medium), the Wild Things Belay Jacket may not appear lightweight, but it easily replaces several thinner layers making it the lighter choice in the right conditions. Improving arm articulation (which currently causes the hem to rise 7 inches with arms raised above your head) would bring this jacket to perfection.
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