|Zpacks™ Challenger Jacket
June 2014 -
We have a new type of Waterproof-Breathable Cuben Fiber to choose
In May 2014 Joe Valesko, Matt Favero, and Steve Kaiser tested new
rain gear on The Great Outdoor Challenge, a 200 mile cross-country
trek through the Scottish Highlands. We wore our rain gear almost
every day, either for rain, or for wind protection and warmth on the
cool sunny days. The new rain gear was awesome on our trip!
From left to right:
Matt Favero w/ a Classic Jacket and Challenger Pants. Steve Kaiser w/
a full Challenger suit, and Joe Valesko in a Challenger Jacket. Photo
taken during a windy ascent of Ben Macdui, Scotland's second highest peak.
The classic White Cuben WPB material is three layers. eVent -->
Dyneema fibers --> eVent
The new Black material is also three layers. eVent --> Dyneema fibers
--> Black Nylon
The nylon exterior layer gives the material more abrasion resistance,
and a nice solid color.
It adds about 1/2 ounce (14 grams) to the weight of a jacket.
The new Black jackets will have a chest pocket by default. The chest
pocket adds about .4 ounces.
The back of the hood will have a clip for adjustment. That will add
about .1 ounces.
In total, the new jacket will be about 1 ounce (28 grams) heavier.
In exchange for that weight you get more abrasion resistance, a chest
pocket, hood adjustment, and a nice solid black color.
The Black material, along with a chest pocket and hood adjustment will
be a $25 price increase when it goes live, but for now it is
discounted to $15 to upgrade. Please add it to your cart here if you
would like to upgrade. If you have any rain pants or rain mitts on
order, those items will also be made in the Black material to match.
Upgrade to Black Challenger Jacket - $15
If you want to stick with the classic jacket instead make sure to let Joe