Fully waterproof, breathable and built specifically for the trail, the Sierra Designs Men’s Ultralight Trench weighs just 10 ounces and offers for hikers and backpackers extended coverage from wet or windy weather.
Lightweight, waterproof, breathable and equipped with an array of trail friendly features, the Sierra Designs men’s Ultralight trench offers hikers and back packers extended length protection from wet and windy weather. Let’s take a closer look at its unique construction.
With its three layer poly nylon fabrication the jacket weighs in at just 10 ounces, but delivers confident waterproof and breathable protection. It also bolsters that breathability with a number of built in vents. Those vents are strategically placed to make a ton of sense on the trails. You have got kind of an always open awning style vent beneath the arms and then you have got side vents that are very hip belt friendly and, again, allow warm air to escape. When you are moving fast you are building up more warmth than that fabric can effectively push through to keep you both dry and comfortable.
Now as you will certainly notice in looking at the jacket, it also has extended length coverage, certainly something that is going to resonate for hikers and back packers, almost a tip of the hat to traditional ponchos in terms of that length, where there is an intent to protect the upper portion of your pants, your lap, also your back side when you are sitting. So really well thought out and, again, making it just that much more ideal for hiking, for backpacking.
It has got a regular fit to it. So I am wearing a medium here as I should and I have got plenty of room to put this over top of other layers. It is an outerwear piece. There is an expectation you are going to be wearing it over other things.
As far as adjustability is concerned, you do have Velcro cuffs so you can tighten those up a little bit. And the is also some built in elasticity there as well. It is a hooded piece, as you would expect for a hiking, backpacking rain jacket. So minimal adjustability there. But really just a nice fit, not a helmet compatible hood that is too big if you are not wearing a helmet, just a nice appropriate fit for on trail usage and a little bit of a brim there that extends that coverage as well.
Just two pockets on the Ultralight trench placed appropriately yet again for hiking and backpacking. So high on the jacket out of the way. So if you are wearing a backpack, you do have that hip belt closed, you can still get in and out of these pockets.
They are also mesh backed, so just one other point where warm air can be allowed to es-cape. So another venting option built in if you choose to use it in that manner.
In looking at the construction and all the details of the Sierra Designs men’s Ultralight trench, it is obvious that they had on trail usage in mind. That feature set is really ideal for hikers, backpackers, anyone that has got a pack on their back looking for extended length protection, but also an ability to let warm air escape so that you remain dry and comfortable.