Men's Ventum Shell

15 Reviews
$115.00 Weight 1.7 oz / 48.0 g

Lead Time Ships in 1-2 Weeks 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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Frank S.
United States United States

Great shell

I got one for myself and one for my wife and we both think it’s a great shell. It weighs nothing and takes up almost no space in our packs so we always take it with us. It does what it’s supposed to do. Another great item from Zpacks!

Ryan P.
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jason m.
United States United States

Great gear

Excellent gear and fast shipping.

Adrian G.
United States United States

Terrific garment, far lighter than any other shell

I do most o fly hiking and backpacking in the Sierra Nevada of California. In summer and fall, there’s the occasional shower, and any prolonged rain will show up in the weather forecast. So I just need something to lock in the warmth over my fleece for lunch on a windy ridge or cold evening and mornings in camp. I don’t need a 12-ounce parka. This does the job for that. Kept out howling winds last week and is only 2 ounces.

John F.
United States United States


This my second jacket, I lost my blue one when it slipped out of my wife's tote bag. Panic set in when I realized it was gone because I wear it on the Camino de Santiago every day. It blocks the wind and just adds enough warmth so that I don't sweat. My wife uses her jacket as a vapor barrier and even sleeps in it. Over or under your clothes this less than 2 oz jacket is a win.