First Look: REI Drypoint GTX Jacket

Introducing the next generation of GORE-TEX® technology

As the saying goes “there’s no bad weather, just bad clothing.” Quality gear can make or break an outdoor adventure and if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably figured this out the hard way. So to ensure that you’re prepared for whatever this season may bring, here is the debut of the REI Co-op Drypoint GTX® Jacket featuring brand new GORE-TEX® technology (a first-time partnership for REI). By harnessing the strength of the most breathable and waterproof three-layer fabric by GORE® to date, the Drypoint GTX® jacket is bringing lightweight durability to a whole new level.

An extension of the co-op’s lighter-weight Flash series, the REI design team created the Drypoint GTX® jacket with a focus on simplicity, so you can move faster on the trail. The proof of performance for the Drypoint GTX® jacket lies in the details. Rather than using pit zippers, pockets stand double duty as mesh-lined core vents. When asked about the significance behind the details Britt Berg, principle outerwear designer on the GORE-TEX® launch, said, “The Drypoint collection was designed with focused simplicity built for trail use. The features in the collection are thoughtful but specific, the lines minimal and purposeful. Every detail has a reason on the Drypoint.”

Drypoint on hikers

Perhaps what makes the Drypoint so distinctive is what has actually been left out of its construction, like internal pockets, for compact and lightweight style. We’re talking ultralight, like 10.5 ounces in men’s sizes and 8.6 ounces in women’s sizes kind of light. It’s perfect for tucking into a Flash 18 on a day trip or in the Flash 45 pack for longer days on the trail.

Built to withstand up to 60 mile per hour winds, the Drypoint was made to keep you comfortable in harsh conditions. A two-point adjustable hood allows you to adapt to the elements with a built-in visor preserving your field of view and blocking wind and rain. Fully taped seams provide waterproof protection while an adjustable hem drawcord works to keep the cold out.

A GORE-TEX® Active waterproof breathable laminate keeps the rain out without trapping moisture in. So even if you warm up or the weather changes, you can keep the jacket on. The lightweight, soft and incredible breathability of the Active shell technology can be attributed to the addition of the CKnit backer. “CKnit as a material adds an incredibly open pathway for moisture vapor to escape the garment while being soft, lightweight and very durable. REI members from trail runners to dog walkers will benefit from the performance and comfort characteristics of GORE-TEX® Active shell,” said Andy Lovell, fabrics sales at GORE®.

Details of Drypoint

The Drypoint GTX® jacket was inspired by moving on the trail and executed with the help of REI Co-op experts and members—all part of the REI Cooperative Design philosophy. The new user-focused design process enables REI to go straight to the source of 17 million members and almost 12,000 employees across the co-op to collaboratively create product based on user feedback.

When asked about the impact co-op members had in the design process, Britt explained: “The Drypoint jackets were informed by delving into our members’ closets and going through their well-loved gear on the floor of their living rooms, and on backpacking trips in all four seasons. We have a team that digs into all the itty-bitty and nitty-gritty details with the passionate people of our co-op community. Our members are arguably the design team’s single best resource.”

Brim of Drypoint

The Drypoint GTX® jacket is part of a new series of REI Co-op brand jackets and pants that utilize the next generation of GORE-TEX® technology. The entire 2018 spring collection—including plus size options—is now available at REI stores and online.

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