Men's Ventum Shell
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.
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.
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.
- base layer
Excellent gear and fast shipping.
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.
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.
Another five stars
I ordered the XXL to fit over any combination of insulation from just a base layer to all my layers. Instead of a light down jacket for three seasons, I wear my Ventum shell over a merino T, and a 100gsm fleece pullover. Adding 100 gsm fleece vest on top of the pullover and putting on cap and gloves keeps me comfortable down to freezing. It's a little heavier than a single puffy, but it's less susceptible to dampness, and gives me a lot more mix-and-match options to fit the temperature. The windbreaking layer is the key to getting the most out of the fleece, and the Ventum is so light it dramtically improves the efficiency of the fleece with a negligible weight hit. Also, I've used it a lot in the last year and it's held up well.