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The Good: Solid protection against the elements
The Bad: A bit loose on the fit, ok over layers, but a bit too much material for daily use.
The Awesome: 6 miles in the driving rain and I’m dry and warm underneath. That’s a solid win right there.
Sure, you could stay inside out of the weather to stay dry. It would be the comfortable, logical thing to do. But you’re not that kind of person. If you’re more of the storm chaser, not afraid of a little grey sky and driving rain then you’re going to need gear that keeps up, and REI’s new Stormeralm jacket is made for you.Made from a durable and breathable eVent® midweight 3-layer fabric materials, the jacket sheds the weather and keeps you moving. The jacket features deep, well seated hip pockets a solid hood that stayed put but never felt in the way, and a side zip chest pocket was great to use without taking off the pack. The overall design just seemed to fit well, and have pockets and zippers at the right spots to keep them out of the way but still fully useable. That’s the key, the company was smart enough to include features to make it useful, and kept the price in a really affordable space.
We took the Stormrealm along on an overnight hike into Lassen National Park with a 20% chance of rain on the horizon and it’s a good thing we did. Consistent rain for the next 24 hours fully tested the longevity of the waterproof layer, and also our dedication to staying out there. In the end, we stuck it out and a big part of that was that we stayed dry along the way securely nestled in the Stormrealm.
Overall, if you’re looking for a jacket that will fend off the elements, the REI Stormrealm is a great pick, with a price tag that will leave a bit of scratch for some extras.
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