Gear Review: Hi-Tec Pour-Off Shell for Women
While over the past year we have been super impressed with Hi-Tec’s shoes, their line goes beyond just the feet. In case you missed it before, I did a little preview of their Timaru Down Coat earlier this fall (full review on that coming as the temperatures continue to fall.)
I have also been putting the Ladies’ Pour-Off Shell to the test over the past few months. A jacket ideal for cooler temperatures, I am finally ready to “reveal” how it has held up over the past few months. I have worn it hiking, camping, biking and throughout my “normal” day.
- Backpacking (jacket folds into a pillow)
- Biking (a light extra layer)
- Hiking (again, light, and great for when the weather changes)
- Blocking rain and wind anywhere!
What I loved:
- Super light-weight
- Folds into itself (making it a great pillow for camping…as long as it’s dry!)
- Generous hood
- Mesh lining to help with wicking (no “sticky” skin issues!)
What I wasn’t so crazy about:
- The pocket that the jacket can zip into is an extra (and bigger) lining in the left pocket. I found that my hands (especially with gloves on) would pull it out when I took my hands out of my pockets. The extra fabric just got caught up in everything and would even slip out of the pocket on it’s own at times. When I already find myself fumbling to keep things in my pockets for myself and my kids, it got annoying pretty quick.
- The colors offered (I seem to always not be super drawn to Hi-Tec’s outerwear colors, but that is a very personal preference) However, you can also find this jacket in a black and grey (and pink in the past!)
- I would have loved just a little extra length (even an inch) for full coverage when I started to add a bunch of layers under it.
- Featherweight, 100% nylon taffeta shell
- 100% polyester wicking mesh lining
- Dri-Tec that is waterproof, breathable and fully seam sealed
- Packs into its own pocket
- Tuck-away, roll-up hood
- Single hand drawcord adjustable hem
The Bottom Line
An affordable jacket that certainly does the job well. No big "bells and whistles" but compact, light and absolutely waterproof. **The only reason the jacket received just 4 stars from me was because of the pocket "issue" (it drives me crazy....)**
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