Gear Review: Wild Things Superlight Alpinist Jacket

Forget the frills: This shell provides superior breathability with lightweight, all-season protection


I’ve used this no-frills hardshell for three years of fast-and-light summit pushes throughout New Hampshire’s Presidentials. You won’t find pit zips, a powder skirt, or an iPod pocket on this workhorse—just all-purpose lightweight performance. It’s made of eVent, which breathes well when I’m huffing uphill above treeline. The hood seals down around my face or loosens to accommodate a helmet. The hip-length cut and hem drawcord seal out wind-blown wet, and the chest-level pockets sit well above my pack’s hipbelt. And at barely one pound, it’s light enough to pack in summer, but rugged enough for year-round mountain use.

Best For

Climbers, peakbaggers, and ultralight backpackers who want superior breathability with lightweight, all-season protection

Tester Data

> Geoff Ward 

> Tested for 3+ years
> “This small, New Hampshire-based company makes all of its gear in the United States. And you can tell that the owners field-test their designs.” 

> $275

> 15 oz. (L)

> Unisex XS-XXL