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Gear Review: Outdoor Research Vigor Jacket

An extremely lightweight and tough jacket that's only $70.
august 2011 outdoor research vigor 445x260Outdoor Research Vigor (Courtesy Photo)

Extremely lightweight and tough, the Vigor’s Pertex Microlight fabric came out unscathed after multiple encounters with trailside brush in California’s Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The tightly woven, 30-denier nylon yarns “effectively blocked wind and even repelled light rain,” reports one tester. The Napoleon-style chest pocket is uncommonly large: It holds sunglasses, snacks, or even light gloves and a hat. Gripe: The fabric is less breathable than others. $70; 5.5 oz.; men’s S-XL, women’s XS-XL;

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