Crumple up a few paper towels, hold them in one hand, and you have the rough weight and packed size of this shell. Salomon pulls it off by using a single layer of DWR-treated, 15-denier nylon.
Fully zipped, the Fast Wing garnered average scores in this category. But a thin strap snaps across the sternum, holding the jacket securely in place while allowing us to unzip to mid-belly for awesome airflow without annoying flapping. Result: We could keep it on in windy conditions from the low 50s to the low 70s.
This superlight jacket has an elastic, helmet-compatible hood and a smartphone-size chest pocket with a hole for ear buds. An elastic hem and cuffs cling tightly enough to keep wind from sneaking in.
It’s slim, accommodating just a baselayer underneath. Extra volume around the shoulders and gussets in the armpits preserve mobility—except at the elbows, which have a narrow cut that testers found restrictive when reaching.
The shell is perfect for adding a touch of warmth and protection in gusty-but-dry conditions and held up well in light, intermittent rain, but the fabric wets out quickly in downpours.
The tissue-thin fabric requires TLC.