The 21.75 ounce Guide Jacket is made with a 274 g/m2 Toray Primeflex Softshell, a 100% polyester stretch woven face fabric, bonded to a high performance micro-fleece backer fabric. DWR treated at the yarn level with Toray’s patented & industry leading Kudos DWR, the guide jacket gives you an unmatched weather protection for a non-laminated softshell.
The Guide Jacket is designed with YKK zippered hand pockets set high to allow access with your Icon pack on, a YKK full front zipper, YKK pit-zips, an inside storage pocket and a well designed storm-hood. Like the Chugach Storm-Hood, the Guide Hood is designed to be cinched in two directions to keep peripheral vision open with and without a hat on.
Articulated elbows and 4-way stretch allow for a full range of motion. Stretch paneled cuffs and a waist cinch keep the cold from coming in.
Toray’s Primeflex Softshell fabric is the perfect for the backcountry due to their patented spiral yarn technology that reduces physical weight, maximizes breathability, is highly wind-resistant, is quiet, durable and sheds light rain & snow keeping you out of your hard-shell except in the worst conditions. The Guide jacket does not replace your hard-shell, but is perfect for cold, windy, intermittent moisture days when you need a high level of protection.
The Guide Jacket sells at kuiu.com for $199.99 and would retail for $349.99. It is available in Frost Grey, Major Brown and Vias Camouflage in sizes M-XXL.
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