Men's Ventum Wind Shell

20 reviews
$115.00 Weight 1.7 oz / 48.0 g

Lead Time Ships in About 1 Week Choosing the right layer for crisp spring mornings and chilly fall nights can be a challenge. Our Men's Ventum Shell is crafted to cut the breeze and trap warmth in your base layer or against your skin. It’s perfect for when a base layer alone is not enough, but insulation would make you overheat. Weighing under 2 ounces this is a must-have item for when you plan to hike in cool weather.
  • Elastic at the back hem, and at the wrists to keep wind out.

  • Elastic at the hood 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.

  • High quality "C6" durable water repellent (DWR). Not waterproof.

  • Mosquito proof

  • Highly wind resistant

  • Excellent vapor transfer / breathability - comfortable to wear, not clammy

  • 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 length zipper.

  • The jacket packs down tiny into an integrated storage pocket.  

  • All Zpacks gear has a two year limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. Please see our return / warranty policy.

  • Made in the USA.

.59 oz/sqyd Ventum Ripstop Nylon

This super light, high quality, 7 denier fabric has a ciré finish on both sides and weighs in at just .59 oz/sqyd (20 g/m²).  Featuring a high quality "C6" durable water repellent (DWR), this ripstop and tear resistant material can also handle a light sprinkle but is not waterproof.

Ventum nylon cuts the wind while still allowing for excellent vapor transfer that makes the fabric highly breathable. With a soft texture, Ventum is not sticky or plasticky like some other fabrics in this weight range.

As the material is down and mosquito proof, it is an excellent choice for wind shell clothing and sleeping bag shells.

 .59 oz/sqyd (20 g/m²)

Made in Japan.


Measure your chest using a string or cloth tape measure and go by the "Fits up to" size. The "Fits up to" size includes a few inches of wiggle room for layering. The jackets are straight cut (like Men's jackets) and do not flair out at the hips. 

They are fine for women, but make sure your hips will fit the bottom hem girth, or size up.  A women's specific version is also available here.

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David B.
United States United States
New free duo

Don’t have it yet but others I have are great

Michael S.
United States United States
Men's Ventum Shell

Nicely made, superlight, comfortable to wear. I'd kind of like a pocket, maybe with zipper, though that would add a tiny bit to the weight. It would nice to be able to adjust the elastic in the waist.

A Zpacks Customer
Anne G.
Switzerland Switzerland
Thank you for a super cloth

It is the second one because the first did become a hole. I use it very often in Iceland and I am very happy with it. Thank you a lot!

Peter M.
United States United States
Great product

Just good quality products designed exactly what they were meant for.

United States United States
Versatile Shell

While I have only had a Ventum shell for about 3 weeks, I have used other wind shells for several years and I have now hiked in the Ventum Shell about 20 times already in 20-50 degree weather with strong wind most of the trips and light precipitation at times for 3-8 miles at a trip. I have really enjoyed it so far. It does cut the wind pretty well - your skin will thank you for protecting it with this shell! My light down jacket does much better with this shell over it - it traps the heat and keeps the wind out of the stitching areas and yet breathes enough to keep me from sweating a lot. I am 5'8", 170lbs and the medium fits well. layers well, weighs 1.8 ounces on my scale and folds down to the size of a kiwi fruit! It hugs my wrists and hips comfortably snug which keeps the wind out and circulation flowing. It has a soft, somewhat stretchy feel to it that I find very comfortable. It zips up over your mouth which is nice. When it was colder with strong wind, the zipper got cold on my lips so I just pulled up my buff under it and that problem is solved...and another time, just unzipped it a tad for the same effect. If you have a rain jacket that wets out fairly quickly, I think this would likely go well under it as a way to keep you dry since it sheds misty rain pretty well. A wind shell like this will protect you from bugs and is good for sleeping in if you have a drafty tent. I plan to have this as a regular part of my hiking gear!