Why We Chose The Scott Explorair Light Dryo 3 Layer Waterproof Jacket: Lightweight, protective, eco-conscious
Who Is The Scott Explorair Light Dryo For?
The Scott Explorair Light Dryo 3L is labelled by Scott as their “most essential waterproof jacket” and, after taking it for a blast around the Scottish Highlands, we can certainly get behind that quote. The jacket sports impressive levels of both waterproofing, breathability and durability, all while coming in at a reasonably low weight of 350 grams which makes it an extremely versatile waterproof jacket that’s comfortable in a range of sports, through a range of conditions.
“For me, the fit was spot on.”
Before we dive into all the technical features, we thought it’s worth chatting about its impressive eco-credentials, as there’s a lot to talk about here.
Materials and Construction
Firstly, it’s worth mentioning that it’s great to see a company the size of Scott take responsibility by mitigating their impact on the planet. Scott’s aim is to have a sustainable outlook on everything they do and – most importantly – everything they produce.
But what does this all mean in real terms? Well, Scott is committed to using recycled fabrics in their Re-Source range. In this case, the shell of the Explorair Light jacket is made from 100% recycled polyester, while not using any of those nasty PFC’s that cause damage to local ecosystems. This goes far and beyond many other brands’ commitments, so props to Scott for achieving this.
Speaking of fabrics, the Explorair Light Dryo 3L jacket and hiking pants are made from Scott’s in-house DRYOsphere fabric to provide a waterproof and breathable barrier from the elements. Scott claims that the waterproof rating of this fabric is 30,000mm with an equal breathability rating of 30,000 g/m2/24hrs. This, combined with the fully taped seams and YKK Aquaguard zippers, works to create a solid barrier from the elements – certainly more than enough protection for fast-paced missions in the mountains.
Taking a glance at the features, you’ve got all the essential add-ons that you’d expect to find on a heavier waterproof jacket, which makes the 350g tag even more impressive. These features include large hand pockets that have been raised to stay out of the way of backpack straps or a climbing harness, an adjustable hood, adjustable hem and cuffs and also reflective details on the back of the jacket to help you stay visible in the dark.