REI Co-op Drypoint GTX Jacket – Men’s ReviewAugust 24, 2018
- Good value for a Gore jacket
- Dependable durability
- Great fit and comfort
- Lots of room for adjustment in wrists & hem
- One of the heaviest jackets in the test
- No dedicated vents
We’ve tested a lot of jackets with Gore-Tex Active membrane and have always been impressed with the weather shedding, especially in comparison to weight. The REI Drypoint stays true to our past experience. It lived up to Gore’s “guaranteed to keep you dry” motto. The build of the jacket was spot on for weather protection too. The helmet friendly hood has three points adjustment for dialling in the fit and a solid brim did a great job of keeping rain away from our faces.
The Active membrane in the REI Drypoint is Gore-Tex’s most breathable membrane. While there are no dedicated vents, the two hand pockets are mesh backed. Opening these up helped get air circulating, but meant risking losing anything in the pockets.
In a category that seems to be eliminating hem drawcords, it’s nice to see one on the REI Drypoint. It helped seal in warmth on a chilly afternoon in the alpine. REI also gave this jacket two hand pockets that double as vents and adjustable wrists. The 20 Denier face fabric is Bluesign approved, meaning it has the smallest environmental footprint possible. The jacket has a really nice, soft feel to it, much softer than any of the other jackets we tested this year.
Gore routinely impresses us with the longevity of its DWR treatments. They tend to last longer than any other brand. Add a 20 Denier face fabric—fairly robust for a lightweight jacket—and we expect the Drypoint will stand up to a lot of use and abuse. Our testing included hard bushwhacking, a week in salt air and battle with a rock chimney. None of which left a mark on the REI Drypoint.
At 10.5 ounces, it is not considered super lightweight in today’s market, but practically speaking it’s a pretty lightweight jacket. Especially considering the dependable weatherproofing of Gore-Tex Active, one of Gore’s lightest membrane technologies. The jacket packs down to a small melon in size.Continue Reading