See-Thru Wind Jacket made for 'Fast & Light' crowd

My new jacket has more in common with a plastic bag than a Gore-Tex shell. But that’s not a put-down. The Salomon Light Jacket is incredibly thin and weighs less than an iPhone.

Folded up, it fits in the front pocket of my pants. But in unexpected high winds, the jacket has saved me from freezing.

Called the S-LAB Light Jacket, this emergency or backup top has a zipper and is made of an ultra-thin sheen of fabric. There is no hood, no pockets, and the fabric does not double as rainwear.

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Fabric so thin you can see through it

In a time of need, though, the Light Jacket will work in unexpected drizzle. It blocks wind and offers an outer layer for spring or summer outings that can add significant warmth.

Essentially a highly-packable windbreaker jacket, Salomon built the piece for runners, hikers, and climbers. It offers protection in an instant and a boost of warmth from a package so small you’ll never think twice about carrying it along.

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Packs up tiny, weighs almost nothing

The fabric, a synthetic polyamide material, is silky and see-through. It is durable enough to stand up during hikes and normal use, just don’t expect to bushwhack in the top.

It is comfortable on bare arms or over layers. The material is slippery and does not stick to skin.

At $80, the Salomon Light Jacket costs a margin more than many average windbreakers. But the packable nature of the jacket and its light weight, at about 2.5 ounces, will make it worth the cost for trail runners, climbers, ultra racers, and other members of the “fast and light” crowd.

—Stephen Regenold

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Salomon Light Jacket

Posted by anwar - 04/09/2013 04:58 AM

US$80 for a piece of plastic? A great move of marketing there. Some people really buy something just because of effect of a brand. LOL.

Posted by tj - 04/09/2013 01:33 PM

anwar i’m pretty sure salomon isn’t the kind of company that has a ton of brand credibility. People who buy this probably have extra cash at hand and want something extra lightweight. In certain, highly specialized applications, this shirt would serve a purpose.

That being said $80 is way too high. i guess they feel they can charge it because of who it is marketed to and the fact that there isn’t anything else like it on the market.

Posted by Timothy Colman - 04/09/2013 02:16 PM

You have got to be kidding. If you buy this product send twice as much to someone who doesn’t have clean water, to Big Life or program of your choice.

Idiots for making something and charging so much. And it makes me wonder what is up with Andrew Skurka to even mention it.

Posted by FoxShadow - 04/12/2013 10:06 AM

$80 might be on the high side but having a jacket to carry that fits in my bike jersey or with me on a summit attempt or similar is an awesome peace of mind to have at very little penalty. I think it looks cool as well.

Just had to chime in to balance out the anti-consumerism posts here — this is a site related to gear. This is some sweet gear.

Posted by dylan - 04/12/2013 02:28 PM

Salomon, is a little late on this one, but at least its a better price then MH.

http://www.mountainhardwear.com/Men’s-Ghost-Whispererâ„¢-Anorak/OM4625,default,pd.html

Posted by JP - 04/15/2013 08:11 PM

Just because the fabric is extremely thin and has very little substance doesn’t mean it should be cheap, fancy fabrics mean fancy machines, and fancy specialized machines cost money. it depends how many companies produce fabrics like that, and due to the highly specialized application of this fabric I’m guessing they aren’t many. It all adds up to more costs which are in turn transferred to the customer.

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