The Boundary Stormtight Jacket from First Lite comes in solid Dry Earth, ASAT, Realtree Max 1 and Realtree Xtra.
It was about 0300 when I walked in the door from our trip back from SCI in Vegas and I was having a hard time keeping my eyes open until I saw the First Lite box on my desk. I immediately opened it and gave the shell layer jacket that was inside a quick once over. It looked right, the sound was muffled and it felt good weight wise. Then, with some trepidation, I slipped it on over my fleece jacket. Ahhhhhh. I was afraid it was going to be another Kuiu type sizing disappointment but it was wasn’t. They told me the Stormtight was sized properly for layering and they were indeed correct. The size XL fits the way it should.
Here is what the First Lite website says about this product:
“The Boundary Stormtight Jacket is the weatherproof shell component of the First Lite Layering Kit. Using patented Cocona Technology and the industries best DWR and lamination combined with custom constructed fabrics made to First Lite specifications, the Boundary Stormtight provides unsurpassed protection against the harshest conditions Mother Nature has to offer. There are so many features in this compact, packable jacket that they can’t all be listed making the Boundary Stormtight the perfect jacket for chasing that monster bruin in B.C.
- Completely waterproof (20,000mm) and unsurpassed breathability (30,000 MVTR)
- Compact and lightweight
- Exclusive Cocona fabric uses Active Particle Technology
- Built-in stretch for complete range of motion
- Constructed with biomechanically correct Shooter’s Cut sleeves, shoulders and hood
- Pressure tested watertight zippers on all enclosures
Available in men’s sizes: s, m, l, xl, xxl”
This jacket reminds me of the old Sitka Gear Nimbus Jacket which I liked very much. This is a touch heavier at 21 ounces but it has the same slick type interior backing, minimalistic three pocket set, and a relatively quiet exterior fabric (feels like the Patagonia Storm jacket).
I noticed a few other things. The top of the main zipper swerves off to the side about an inch, the cuffs have both elastic and hook & loop so you can keep them set the way you like but still don/doff the jacket (I like that). It also has water resistant zippers all the way around.
The hood adjustment cord holes on the back are unprotected, the Dry Earth color has orange trim and the zipper pulls are metal but those are about the only nit pics I can see at this stage of the game.
I am anxious to see how the Cocona laminate performs in the field. To my knowledge this will be the first time I have used it.
Now remember how I do things here. I don’t test any junk so if you see it here it must be pretty good but if I really like this piece and want to make it part of my system then you will hear more about it from me, if not then you won’t. Make sense?
UPDATE – I wore this jacket working around the house and walking the neighborhood for several hours Saturday during a heavy rain storm. I am pleased to report that it was comfortable and completely watertight.
I am still getting used to the off set main zipper but it doesn’t bother me (even though it swerves to the left), it is more of an aesthetic thing for me. Also, I prefer my cuff adjustment straps to run out away from my body as opposed to inward. Overall, so far so good.
I need the matching pants.