Very similar to the snow world,,,in the surf world some of the best spots require quite a bit of effort to get to. Walking for miles, in windy, often rainy, and very uncomfortable situations. In an effort to conserve as much energy as possible for the reward at your destination, packing as light as possible can be to your benefit.
My test took place here at Bridger Bowl in Montana, at the resort and hiking the local backcountry in the Oakley Aircraft Jacket, find out how it held up for my needs :
Oakley Aircraft 3L Review
The Oakley Aircraft 3L Pro Rider series jacket has given me the confidence in one piece of equipment containing all the rite components of a expedition ready piece. Of the 18 (literally) coats I own. It’s the lightest, weighing in at just a few oz. and the most weather proof with fully taped seams and Gore-Tex Pro material. It’s hood is very comfortable and seems to shed h20 with out a problem. The arm vents are functional as well and high quality thanks to Oakley’s h20 proof zippers give me all the confidence in the world that this is a very high quality piece of equipment.
The Oakley Aircract fit has both positive and negative qualities according to my “personal style”. It’s very slim fit and tall cut for a coat of its size. I’m a fairly thin fellow but a giant when it comes to height. I like the length of the jacket, the arms and chest section fit perfectly, but feel it is just a wee bit narrow in the waist down part of the coat. For that reason I haven’t worn it much snow sliding, but have given it a test in a more casual setting. I have worn it around town. Gone for a couple cool afternoon jog’s. Drenched myself with my mobile shower unit, and walked around with a stick under my arm as I prepared to go for a afternoon paddle to get the arms, shoulders, and back – back in shape. (It’s been a long winter)
I have decided the Oakley Aircraft pro rider series will be my go to rain coat as I prepare to bushwhack 7 miles or so thru Bear, Cougar, and Wolf territory this spring. I’m on a mission to a surf spot in one of the rainiest parts of the world with no actual trail into it, ( and kept that way for a reason) arguably, legend has it, this may be one of the best left handers on the continent, certainly the most remote.
In a very rainy environment, the less surface area and wrinkles in your coat creating dams trapping trapping h20 – the better. For that reason the fit of this coat wins and becomes a positive.
I have full confidence it will do the job!
Oakley is no longer making the Aircraft 3L Jacket. For something similar in waterproofness and more checkout our Arc’terx Rush Gore-Tex Jacket Review.