Why We Chose The Odlo Aegis Jacket: Ultralight, packable, waterproof, versatile
Norwegian brand Odlo is probably best known for its extensive range of baselayers, but they also produce a variety of midlayers and shells too. The Aegis is a lightweight and functional waterproof: the sort of jacket that you might keep in the bottom of a daypack, ‘just in case’ the weather turns.
“The Aegis is a lightweight and functional waterproof”
It compresses away to a tiny size, yet the PU-based membrane offers competitive performance, being rated at 20k/20k in terms of Hydrostatic Head and MVTR (the industry-standard tests for waterproofing and breathability respectively).
Who Is The Odlo Aegis Jacket For?
It’s an extremely lightweight and packable 2.5-layer shell that makes a brilliant ‘grab and go’ jacket for hiking, climbing, trail running and even for bikepacking. But the solid performance of the waterproof-breathable membrane places it above most entry-level jackets, making it an attractive option for fast and light backpackers too, as well as anyone looking for a slightly higher level of weather protection than you typically get at this price point.
The face fabric is 100% polyamide – more commonly called nylon to you and me – backed with a PU (polyurethane) waterproof-breathable membrane and finished with a raised inner print for improved performance and better next-to-skin comfort. As such, it’s a classic 2.5-layer waterproof shell, which is a solid choice for an all-round outdoor jacket with the emphasis on lightweight, packable performance.
“It’s a classic 2.5-layer waterproof shell, which is a solid choice for an all-round outdoor jacket”
If you want the technical data, the laminate is rated at 20,000mm Hydrostatic Head in terms of waterproofing, which is a competitive figure, especially in this price bracket. When it comes to breathability, the moisture vapour transmission rate is given as 20,000 g/m²/24h. That’s similarly impressive given the RRP.