The Shell, by Hyperlite Mountain Gear
Our Favorite Lightweight Pack Brand Just Released Its First Jacket
Hyperlite Mountain Gear, a Maine-based company that has made many of our lists of best backpacking gear, has just released its first piece of clothing. Similar to NW Alpine’s Eyebright jacket, “The Shell” is made from Dyneema — an ultralight and durable fiber that, in terms of strength-to-weight ratio, is one of the strongest materials on the planet. The jacket also has an eVent waterproof breathable membrane with a waterproof rating of 10,000mm and a breathability rating of 32,000 gm2/24hr. That puts The Shell on par with most other eVent membrane jackets. Where it differs is its weight: Depending on size, the jacket weighs between 5.16 and 6.20 ounces.
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