Kuiu continues to head in the right direction and at a price that does not include the middle man. This new Ultra NX gear is light. Ultra light in fact. The jacket and pant set weighs just 17 ounces. If they are as good as Jason says they are in terms of water/wind proofness and breathability then they will be must have items.
Now, based on the product description, these are not tissue paper delicate but they are not brush buster high durability pieces either. You keep these in your pack, pull them out when you need them, and then put them back in your pack when the weather clears.
At this time Verde and Vias camos are the only color choices but I expect that if they sell well then Major Brown or maybe a nice multi-purpose shade of gray will be added to the mix. That is what I want.
Get more information on these directly from Kuiu.
UPDATE – $549 later (they kicked me out of the Guide Outfitter program, which is OK with me). I just received my pant and jacket set in Verde camouflage (solids are not available yet). Once again, I am disappointed with the Kuiu decision makers (no wonder they kicked me out of the Guide Outfitter program). Workmanship and materials seem good, the weight is whispy light as described, and I love the minimalist design. However, true to the Kuiu I have come to know, sizing/cut is an issue. Think hipster skinny jean and inconsistency.
My XXL jacket is significantly slimmer than the current XXL Chugach model that hangs on my rack and works well in my system. This is true throughout the torso but especially in the shoulders and armpit areas. It is so close fitting that the only thing I will wear comfortably under the Ultra NX Rain Jacket will be a thin or medium long sleeve base. I really should exchange it for a triple XL (so ridiculous) but the sleeves would be too long and this is more of a short trip, day pack piece anyway. I will use other shells when I am farther away from the truck for longer periods of time in tougher country and bad weather.
Everything I said about the jacket can also be said about the pants except that the issue here is that they are short wasted meaning the back waste is drawn downward with every step. Now, in all fairness, I am built like a lineman so my hind quarters are thick. However, other manufactures, say Arcteryx and Patagonia (an Kuiu in the beginning), seem to be able to make pants that accommodate husky people like me so I don’t understand why Kuiu can’t. Actually, I think they could (they used to). It’s just that either they don’t want to or don’t know any better but the latter can’t be true because I have been talking about it since the problem began. Note, my first generation Kuiu shell sets in XL fit right and are cut to properly accept base and insulation layers. Since then I have had to go to the XXL for a good fit but not with this Ultra NX Rain product. Two steps forward, one step back.
Stay tuned, I will let you know how these perform in the field.