North Face’s recent press release claims its Hyperair Gortex Jacket is “designed for bone-dry protection while running or training outdoors in the wettest weather.” For anyone active in the outdoors, this is an exceptionally lightweight jacket that seems impervious to the elements no matter if you’re trekking through the rainforest or marathon training during the winter.
Hyperair’s waterproof shell, constructed of Gore Active material, has a permanent water beading surface. This revolutionary fabric, designed by W.L. Gore & Associates, eliminates the need for a chemical “durable water repellant (DWR) coating” – the tradition agent making water bead on the surface of your jacket. Instead, Gore put its membrane on the outside of the jacket making it incredibly water resistant; so much so, it completely eliminates the “wetting out” effect notorious for ending the careers of so many self-proclaimed waterproof shells.
With a waterproof main zipper, two zip pockets, one internal mesh stash area, and a protective hood, The North Face Hyperair Gortex jacket is the best waterproof jacket you’ll ever own. The non-restrictive, lightweight shell repels everything and at the same time, can easily collapse into a handkerchief-sized square for ease of packing. Hyperair’s versatility makes it a must-bring on trips where the weather is unpredictable and an outdoor workout a must.
Weighing exactly 7.3 ounces, Hyperair is made of breathable Goretex that is not only windproof but reduces sweat accumulation. With a simple shake and a fold, Gortex jacket is free from moisture and ready to go for the next outdoor adventure.
Compared to Columbia’s OutDry Extreme Jacket, Hyperair is almost half the weight and with its Gore Active material, provides greater protection from wind, rain, and sweat. However, since Hyperair’s fabric is rather thin, Columbia’s jacket seems to be a bit superior in terms of durability. According to a recent GearJunkie article, “Once torn, Hyperair’s fibers were prone to tearing further, as the thin materials have no substantial rip-stop grid.” Columbia’s OutDry has much thicker materials and can withstand a tree branch snare.