Review Date: Nov 8,2018
A sub-10oz (for a Men’s Medium) three-layer jacket using Montbell’s GoreTex-like DRY-TEC membrane. The raw specs are a Water Pressure Resistance (WPR) of over 20,000mm and breathability of 20,000g/㎡ ·24 hrs per the Montbell website. As we are comparing jackets made by the same company, the water resistance is comparable to the Versalite at Water Pressure Resistance (WPR) of over 30,000mm but not quite as breathable versus the 43,000g/㎡ ·24 hrs of the Versalite.
But what does this all mean in the real world? Well, fabric membrane aside, a three-layer jacket tends to have longer-term water resistance for the life of jacket overall vs. a 2 or 2.5 layer jacket.
And though the Trekker does not breathe as well as the lighter Versalite, the conditions I typically use this type of jacket is colder in general compared to my use of a lighter rain jacket. In other words, I am not generating as much heat as the prime season conditions where I’d use the Versalite. And like the Versalite, the Trekker has generous pit zips that allow for effective ventilation vs. just a straight laminate and fabric breathability solution.
And speaking of long-term durability, that aspect is key for my favorite use of this type of jacket. I feel much more comfortable taking the Trekker while clambering through the brush, scrambling over rocks, and other types of similar terrain in comparison to the Versalite.
In addition to the durability, lightweight, and ventilation provided by the pit zips, the Montbell Rain Trekker has the usual features and attention to detail typical of Montbell products. Meaning, Velcro vs. elastic cuffs, an adjustable hood that fits well with a stiff brim, and an excellent fit overall.
Overall view: The Montbell Rain Trekker is a reasonably light jacket at just under 10oz with generous pit zips that aids in breathability. A jacket best suited for colder and constant rainy conditions or extended use when bushwhacking or in rough terrain, but light enough to stow in the pack. An excellent “quiver of one” rainjacket for 3+ season conditions that competes price-wise to similarly high-quality jackets.