Under Armour Moonraker GTX ReviewMay 24, 2016
- Very light
- Pockets double as vents
- Nice feel to the fabric
- No pit zips
- Hood not helmet compatible
Under Armour continues its expansion beyond the gym to the outdoors with this solid and versatile shell. Using Gore’s C-Knit membrane, a mix of comfort and performance, we found ourselves reaching for this jacket no matter the destination: a week of trekking or a walk downtown. Despite the lean towards comfort the membrane and jacket performed well in a range of demanding conditions.
C-Knit lands somewhere between Gore’s Active and Pro shells in terms of performance. In heavy and persistent rain it was happy as a duck, water beading off. The three-layer construction was up to the task. The hood works well, but is not helmet compatible. All the zips are waterproof.
As with weather performance, breathability lands somewhere between Gore’s top notch performers. The jacket’s light weight helped with breathability, as did the combo of pit zips and the two hand pockets that double as vents. The soft knitted liner of the jacket feels less clammy than the usual plastic-feeling liners, so even when we did manage to overwhelm the breathability the jacket never felt wet inside.
Where the C-Knit really excels is in comfort. It adds not only a softness to the interior of the jacket, but a suppleness to the whole thing. There’s no crinkle sound like there is with many three layers. On the trail that means no noise. The hood works well, but doesn’t fit a helmet. No big deal if you don’t climb or bike with this jacket. The high hand pockets sit out of the way of pack straps but are still ideally located for warming our paws.
Despite the suppleness the C-Knit is a tough feeling jacket.
The C-Knit is a descent weight, especially for the comfort and protection.