Using a Gore-Tex Paclite waterproof membrane, durable water repellant (DWR) finish, and full seam taping, REI packed solid wet-weather and wind protection into the XeroDry GTX. During our four-day trek through the Grand Canyon, the jacket easily shed light to moderate rainfall. But on our final day, we were hit with an unrelenting storm and exceptionally strong gusts: the perfect testing conditions. At the onset, the jacket effectively sealed out rain and kept me dry for most of the day, and I barely felt any drafts through the outer shell.
For this review, we tested the standard women's version of the REI Co-op XeroDry GTX, which is also offered in dedicated plus sizes for the same price. This jacket is also made in a men's model, which weighs slightly more (12.5 oz.) and comes in different colorways, but with the same design overall. Additionally, REI offers XeroDry rain pants for both women and men with the same 2-layer Gore-Tex Paclite design of the jacket reviewed here. These pants are black in color, available in a variety of sizes (including petite, short, and tall variations), and retail for $139.
Jack Holger is a soft shell jacket with a removable hood from Travelin'. The jacket has two side pockets and a chest pocket, closable with a zipper. The jacket also has 1 inside pocket. Adjustable drawstrings in the hood and at the bottom of the jacket allow you to wear the jacket to your own preference. The sleeves have storm cuffs to keep out the cold. 2b1af7f3a8