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Jack Wolfskin Pack & Go Overhead Jacket | Review

With nice eco credentials, impressive packability, and a great-looking contemporary design, we’re big fans of Jack Wolfskin’s Pack & Go Overhead Jacket this year.

Why We Chose The Jack Wolfskin Pack & Go Overhead Jacket: Recycled materials, PFC-free, lightweight and packable.

A contemporary take on the classic packable waterproof jacket, Jack Wolfskin have created an effective product here. And it doesn’t look half bad either.

With summer and warmer spring/autumn trips in mind, we can see this being a great kit addition for those quick countryside jaunts that require as little organisation as possible. The ones where you just throw the essentials in your nearest daypack and off you go. Easy.

Harris, our tester here, is 5 foot 9 and was wearing the jacket in a size M. Photos: Mike Drummond

Who Is The Pack & Go Overhead For?

Part of Jack Wolfskin’s Pack & Go series, the Overhead Jacket is designed for ultra-lightweight adventuring where weight and pack space are key. It might be light on features, but we’re sure there’ll be plenty of long-distance hikers who will see that as a positive. And it’s got a pretty modern design too – especially when compared with most packable jackets on the market – so it should suit city commuting nicely, as well as countryside getaways and the like.

Materials and Construction

The primary material used for the Pack And Go outer fabric is Wolfskin’s own TEXAPORE 2.5-layer fabric, featuring a water column rating of 10,000mm and a moisture vapour transmission rating (MVTR) of 6000 g/m²/24h. Those figures aren’t high-spec, but you’ll still be able to count on this repelling water on the outside and expelling vapours from the inside. 

More specifically, TEXAPORE materials consist of a microporous shell fabric with a PFC-free water-repellent coating and a waterproof PU membrane. They are actually classed as ‘hardshell’ materials, despite the Pack And Go’s light weight, and they essentially create an entirely waterproof, windproof and breathable jacket. In this instance, the TEXAPORE fabric also incorporates ripstop reinforcement threads throughout for extra toughness. 

The shell material uses a 20-denier Stormlock Ripstop Ecosphere fabric which is made from 100% recycled polyamide. This adds an extra bit of protection from the elements whilst also ensuring the jacket remains lightweight and tear-proof.

“It has a good quality feel to it, both in touch and in performance.”

In order to ensure transparency regarding the origin of their recycled materials, all Jack Wolfskin recycled fibres and fabrics are certified according to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). They also only uses bluesign-approved recycled materials in their clothing and equipment. This ensures an environmentally friendly and safe production, as well as high standards concerning use of resources, consumer protection, water and air emissions, and workplace safety.

The Pack and Go Overhead has actually been awarded with a ‘Green Button’, which basically further ensures the sustainability of its manufactured textiles, including the elimination of PFCs throughout. All thumbs up then in terms of eco credentials.


In keeping with the Pack & Go collection, the overhead jacket packs away into its front pocket in a mac-in-a-sac/ kag-in-a-bag kind of way. This pocket is additionally big enough to fit essential items such as your phone, a compass, some small snacks and an average-sized map. 

The hood is fixed, though can be stowed away into the collar, whilst there’s reflective detailing on the logos throughout for extra visibility in the night time. 

With sizes ranging from small (UK size 38) to 3XL (UK size 50), there should be a solid amount of sizes for people to choose from. 

Tester’s Verdict

Will Renwick, editor of Outdoors Magic

“What I like about this is that it combines the convenience of a mac-in-a-sac type jacket with the technical performance of a proper membrane-lined and seam-sealed hardshell. Most pack-it cagoules just feel a bit crappy, don’t they? I associate them with that horrible clammy, sticky feeling. This is different though. It has a good quality feel to it, both in touch and in performance. 

“OK, the hood is a little light and flimsy, without any form of adjustment on it, but I can still see this being really handy as that option to carry out on those hikes where you know you’re probably not going to get rain, but feel you should have a waterproof with you just in case. If you don’t end up needing it, no bother, because it hasn’t been a burden to carry in your pack. If you do end up needing it, you’ll be very happy and satisfied to have its protection.

“I’m 5 foot 10 and I tried this in a medium, my usual size, and I really liked the fit. It’s got a bit of room within it to accommodate a down jacket, but then it doesn’t look baggy without layers on underneath either.”

Jack Wolfskin Pack & Go Overhead Jacket

Selected for the Outdoor 100 2022/23
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