When you’re traveling in a place that’s known for the inconsistency of its weather, you can’t afford to bring a lot of different kinds of cover-ups. One jacket that does it all well is ideal for keeping your bags light and your back covered.
One good solution is the Nau Slight Jacket.
Made from 100-percent recycled polyester, the jacket is a great choice for those who care about maintaining a smaller environmental footprint. Producing recycled polyester is better for the climate, creating 75 percent fewer CO2 emissions than virgin polyester. That’s because recycled polyester doesn’t require new petroleum to create, lowering the demand for new petroleum extraction and reducing our overall carbon footprint. And by providing a use for post-consumer and post-industrial polyester, it helps keep waste out of landfills.
The Slight Jacket is a sweet combo windbreaker and technical soft-shell that’s extremely lightweight (1.9 ounces). The ripstop fabric still repels wind and rain, provides a shade for the summer sun, and packs nicely into its own front pocket for those times when you need it nearby, but don’t need to wear it.
Drawcords adjust the waist and hood, and the full-zip front has a wind flap to help keep the pesky breeze at bay. It’s durable enough to shelter you from the elements, but is delicate enough to roll on in to a bar, restaurant, museum, or other non-outdoorsy venue and still look good.
It’s hardcore enough that you can toss it into the washing machine and dryer when it gets dirty, although it dries fairly quickly when you hang it to dry after washing, or getting caught in the rain.
The Nau Slight Jacket comes in bone, mango, and tarmac (gray) colors, and lists for $148 on the Nau site.