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Versalite Jacket Men's

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8.8 lb Ultralight Backpacking Gear List for 2020

Reviewed in July, 2020

I recently switched to the Montbell Versalite from the uber popular and affordable Frogg Toggs ultralight rain jacket. While sporting a much higher price tag, the Versalite fits better, breathes better, and is far more durable.

from the packable life

Ultra-Minimalist Travel Packing List for a Week

Reviewed in July, 2020

Ultralight Rain Jacket

I hike a lot when I travel, so I consider a rain jacket an essential part of my ultra-minimalist packing list. Weighing only 6.4 oz, the Montbell Versalite is incredibly lightweight and packable, my rain jacket of choice. It will always have a spot in my bag.

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Best Rain Jackets | CleverHiker

Reviewed in June, 2020

The Montbell Versalite is the jacket we’ll be using the most for our ultralight adventures this year. It’s incredibly lightweight, but still has all the features of a heavier jacket - high hand pockets that work well with a backpack hip belt, pit-zips to dump excess heat as you warm up, and great hood, hem, and wrist adjustments for a dialed-in fit. The Versalite is made with thin materials to shave grams, so it’s not as durable as some jackets. If you’re into activities like hiking and backpacking, though, the weight-savings are well worth the tradeoff. If you’re looking to keep weight low, but still want all the bells and whistles, the Versalite is a fantastic choice and a great value.

from CleverHiker

Montbell Versalite Rain Jacket Review / TEST REPORT BY Philip Werner

Reviewed in June, 2020

The Montbell Versalite is an ultralight waterproof/breathable rain jacket that weighs 7.0 oz in a men’s XL. It’s by far the best backpacking rain jacket in my gear closet in terms of the features important to hikers. It has pit zips, a four-way adjustable hood, hook and loop wrist cuffs, hip-belt compatible chest pockets, an internally controlled hem adjustment, waterproof zippers, and taped seams. Montbell nailed this one.

from Section Hiker

5 Rain Jackets for the Wet Season

Review Date: November 2018

We’re always impressed with Montbell’s outdoor gear for its innovation and light weight—and we continue to be impressed with this hyperlight rain shell. Weighing in at a scant 6 ounces, the Versalite performs admirably under heavy rain and wind thanks to its seam-taped GORE Windstopper material. The fit is generous enough to accommodate a few layers underneath for adjusting to changes in temperature, and underarm zips help with the ventilation when needed. Stashing this one away is a breeze, as it takes up hardly any room at all when stuffed into its tiny sack. Additional features include adjustable cuffs and a draw-cord hem. We also sampled Montbell’s Rain Trekker shell. If weight and compressibility are less of a concern, this 9.9-ounce, less-expensive alternative is equally effective. $199

PROS: Extreme light weight and compressibility.

CONS: Loose hem draw cord can catch on things.

STYLE: Men’s & women’s • FIT: Standard • WEIGHT: 6.4 oz. • ERIAL: GORE Windstopper

from PCT:oregon

Gear Review: Montbell Versalite

Review Date:October 4,2018

Rain gear is never perfect. It is a matter of compromise.

Rain gear and shells are no exceptions.



The jacket I ended up using the most is the newer version Montbell Versalite. And the jacket I took on my Great Divide Trail thru-hike. The new version is redesigned with 2-Layer Gore Windstopper and is an improvement regarding moisture protection, durability, and breathability versus the older Versalite model by all accounts. The first third of my GDT hike consisted of a lot of rain and willow bashing. Rainstorms rolled in, and I’d be wearing my rain gear constantly. Or if the rain did move out, the overgrown trail would be full of cold, soaking rain for hours on end. And I often had to navigate over many blowdowns also soaked with rain. The Montbell Versalite proved up to the challenge. Not only did it keep my torso dry during all the weather, but it also held up for the occasional bushwhack that admittedly made me worry about jacket! ( Now, if I had taken some “real” rain pants, I’d have been happier overall!) The jacket was reasonably breathable by itself regarding the material. And at 6oz, comparable in weight to the DriDucks. But the best part of the jacket and what makes this jacket even more versatile than other light jackets? PIT ZIPS!!!!! Yes, old school, but effective PIT ZIPS. You can vent the excess heat you generate very effectively. The pit zips are sized generously up and down the whole sleeve so thermoregulation can be finely tuned. Unlike other pit zips I’ve used in the past, the pit zips move up and down easily even while wearing shell mitts. Again, all in a six-ounce jacket! For that reason alone, I fell in love with the Versalite. Other little touches added up to the elegance and functionality of the jacket such as a hood that cinches down and adjustable velcro cuffs versus just elastic cuffs.

In other words, the Versalite is an amazingly featured and effective piece of lightweight more functional and well designed than other jackets in this weight. I’ll gladly continue to use this jacket going forward for my three-season needs when the jacket is mainly stashed in my pack, and I don’t expect heavy bushwhacking. Unlike the DriDucks, which I used similarly, I know the Versalite can handle heavier rain if need be and *some* careful bushwhacking. And though $200 does not make the Versalite precisely budget-friendly, it is less expensive than offerings that are similar from other companies. And should last a while, too. The durability is better than what a person would expect out of a 6 oz jacket. Of course, the Gore Windstopper will get dirty at some point and lose its effectiveness, too. (But, again PIT ZIPS! Did I mention I love the fact the jacket is 6 oz and has pit zips?!?!?!) For sustained precip, esp. outside of three-season conditions, a more traditional Montbell 3-Layer shell is what I’ll take. (I’ll give a review on that jacket in a few months.)

In general, though, I expect the Montbell Versalite to be a mainstay of my shell use. Overall thoughts? The Montbell Versalite is a light rain jacket that is durable for its weight, keeps the rain out, and is breathable with such touches as pit zips, a cinchable hood, and adjustable cuffs. All in a remarkable 6 oz package. Take a different jacket however if you expect more bushwhacking or constant precip.

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Versalite Jacket

Reviewed on MAY 2018

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