Spring has sprung in the Northern Hemisphere and we know what brings all the flowers and green out this season, right? Rain.
While we can sing in the rain and still go out adventuring, getting wet can sometimes kill an outing. And packing a heavy rain jacket isn’t always necessary when we want to travel light. So, it’s those lightweight jackets that make it possible to still have room in the suitcase, but also shield us from the elements.
My recent go-to in this arena is the Marmot Bantamweight Jacket.
Made from Pertex Shield 2.5-layer fabric and fully seam taped, this jacket will get you through spring showers easily, and its 5 ounces will hardly be felt when packing it into your suitcase or daypack. It even stows away into an internal pocket, to make the packing much easier.
The waterproof fabric is paired with a durable, water-repellent (DWR) finish for extra insurance against those drippy days that try to keep you indoors. Zippered hand pockets and an interior mesh pocket are for stashing your essentials. And the elastic drawcord hem and cord adjustment on the hood are optimal for tailoring fit to suit you.
Speaking of fit, the jacket has an athletic fit and the two-way stretch fabric makes it comfortable and not restrictive. Running around in a shell can make things a little steamy, but not so much when your jacket (like this one) has underarm-drilled laser holes, to add some ventilation.
The women’s Bantamweight Jacket comes in black, skyrise (light blue), double mint, and grey storm, and lists for $275 on the Marmot site. The men’s version of the jacket comes in black, Turkish tile (blue), Mandarin orange, and grey storm, and also lists for $275 on the Marmot site.