Model: Flashpoint Jacket
Overall Score: 4.7 / 5
The Flashpoint pulls off its ultralight, 3-layer design with a thin, hydrophilic PU membrane. But without venting options, we found it less breathable than other softshells.
None, except the main front zipper.
“Insanely high level of protection for the weight,” reports a Virginia tester. The Flashpoint’s generous features—longer sleeves that cinch with thin Velcro strips, a long, adjustable hem that locks out breezes—made it bomber in everything from downpours to misty, windy weather.
Fine-tune fit (over low-profile helmets) with three toggle cords (one at the back, two at the chin).
The Flashpoint packs down to the size of a large orange.
The Flashpoint’s 7-denier nylon fabric held up well to a season of typical hiking and backpacking, but it’s not the best choice for serious off-trail travel or mountaineering.
You get one generous chest pocket big enough for your smartphone, keys, a folded map, and a bar.