Zpacks Ventum Wind Shell Jacket
Wind Shell Jacket - $115
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At under two ounces a wind shell jacket is ounce
for ounce the most valuable piece of clothing you can carry.
It cuts the breeze and traps warmth in your base layer or against
your skin that otherwise would be blown away. It is the perfect
weight for hiking on chilly mornings and evenings when a base layer
alone is not enough, but insulation would make you overheat.
- Elastic at the back hem, and at the wrists keeps the wind out.
The hood also has elastic for a snug fit around your face.
- Constructed from .59 oz/sqyd Ventum ripstop nylon. This fabric
is tightly woven and heat calendared to cut the wind,
while still being breathable and allowing good vapor transfer so
you don't get clammy. It is more comfortable for every day hiking
than a rain jacket.
- High quality "C6" durable water repellant (DWR). Not waterproof.
- Mosquito proof
- Highly wind resistant
- Excellent vapor transfer / breathability - comfortable to wear,
- Soft feeling - not sticky or plasticy like some other
fabrics in this weight range.
- Ripstop / tear resistant.
- Lightest weight wind shell available with a hood and full
- The jacket packs down tiny into an integrated storage pocket.
- All Zpacks gear has a one year warranty against defects in
materials or workmanship. Returns or exchanges are welcome.
|1.7 oz (48 g)
||1.8 oz (51 g)
||1.9 oz (54 g)
||2.0 oz (57 g)
||2.1 oz (60 g)
|Fits Chest Girth:
||Fits up to
36" (91 cm)
|Fits up to
40" (102 cm)
|Fits up to
44" (112 cm)
|Fits up to
48" (122 cm)
|Fits up to
52" (132 cm)
||40" (102 cm)
||44" (112 cm)
||48" (122 cm)
||52" (132 cm)
||56" (142 cm)
|Actual Bottom Hem
||38" (97 cm)
||42" (107 cm)
||46" (117 cm)
||50" ( 127cm)
||54" ( 137cm)
(chin to hem)
|30" (76 cm)
||31" (79 cm)
||32" (81 cm)
||33" (84 cm)
||34" (86 cm)
(back center of neck to cuff)
|33" (84 cm)
||35" (89 cm)
||36" (91 cm)
||37" (94 cm)
||38" (97 cm)
How to measure:
Use a string or cloth tape measure to measure around the thickest
part of your chest. The "Fits Chest Girth" in the chart above allows enough
wiggle room for layering.
If you are a woman with hips, make sure your hips fit the bottom hem girth.
A wind shell is one piece of gear that I wore almost
every single day
on my four thru-hikes. It packs so
small that you can tuck it in a pocket until you need
it, and there is no other piece of gear that adds as
much warmth for such little weight.
I typically start each day hiking in my wind shell until
it gets too hot, and then at the end of the day it goes
back on in camp on chilly evenings. It is also
the perfect weight to throw on briefly for windy exposed
summits, or to wear all day long when it is too warm for
insulation but too chilly for no protection.
My clothing system has four layers-
Every day hiking shirt -> Wind shell -> Synthetic
insulated shell -> Vertice Rain Jacket.
This layering system provides enough warmth to hike down
into the teens (Fahrenheit) while allowing the
versatility to be comfortable in any temperature above
that. Every layer can be worn at the same time, and I
never have to take off one layer to put on another
Note that if your insulating layer does not block wind on its own, your wind
shell should go over top of it to trap more warmth. I only put mine underneath
for the convenience of not removing one layer to put on another. My synthetic
jacket is made from the same material and already blocks the wind.
Reviews and Customer Testimonials:
Please email us with feedback (good or bad) if you have any!
"The wind shell was probably the best clothing addition to my
collection. I wore it everyday on my 6 week trip. One day I
left it on during drizzle and it kept me warm. I did tear a
little hole in the left cuff area (my fault) but I easily repaired the hole with
some tape. One afternoon, I slid under a fence that had gravel
beneath and no rips occurred. Very happy." -James Q.
"We made it to Waynesboro for a little break before heading on
to (ultimately) Harpers Ferry. By far my favorite new addition
is the wind shirt. On windy cold mornings or at night it really
blocks the chill. I've worn it under my Challenger rain jacket
a few times during freezing (by Florida standards) downpours.
Creates a soft comfortable barrier to the jacket. I'll have to
get a smaller one for normal day use upon my return though. My
error in buying the XL, although I do enjoy the extra room
while sleeping." -Dan V.
"I can not imagine how it would have been on my trip in Iceland without the wind shell.
The function, the weight, and the bulk were stupendous.
I used it almost every day and often I missed not having pants in the same material." -Anne G.
"Please add that your Ventum Wind Shell Jacket is also mosquito
proof to the description page! It was THE reason I pulled the
trigger to purchase it and is the reason others here in my town
have gone to your website to check it out. And has become the
preverbal Linusí security blanket to me. It has even held up to
the dreaded devils club spines here! My previous protection was
a VERY bulky mosquito suit or jacket and pant. - just a
suggestion." -Jeff M.
"Hey Joe, just wanted to let you know how much I love the wind
shell I bought for my AT thru-hike. I left March 23rd and have
done 915 miles so far. I have used this jacket every morning
for about a half hour before I warm up and it has worked
flawlessly. I was a little hesitant because of the cost at
first but it is now my favorite piece of equipment I bought
from you equal to my Duplex tent. Thanks for everything." -Faithwalker
"I love my wind shell! You were right, it's indispensable. :)" -Hunter H.