First Lite Vapor Stormlite

MuleyFever

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I read the review here on this and it was mentioned that this jacket doesn't really stop the wind. Looking for experiences with this.

I am looking for a shell to wear for rain but to also cut the wind when glassing. Maybe this isn't the best option.
 

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It is very wind resistant, but not as much as some shells. It's a compromise between that and breathability. Any shell that is totally windproof likely will breathe about as well as a rubber boot. Hiking in a rain shell that doesn't breathe is miserable.

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I totally agree with pathfinder, I bought one a few months back. I haven't had a chance to take it out in the woods yet. It is nice and light and IMO perfect for on/off, windy/thunderstorm type weather. If I was expecting a real wet and rainy hunt I'd probably go with at least the boundary stormtight. As far as just wind, I think it would do quite well. Provided you had more than a t-shirt on underneath. One other thing to keep in mind when considering this piece is size. I wear a medium in almost all first lite but this was definitely better sized up to a large for me (considering layers underneath).
 

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Not sure what review you read, but I use it for wind protection all the time and it works really well. If you get a really cold wind, it will cut the wind but you might notice the cold getting through a bit more. It is my go-to jacket of choice on backcountry hunts through September and even into October.
 

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One other thing to keep in mind when considering this piece is size. I wear a medium in almost all first lite but this was definitely better sized up to a large for me (considering layers underneath).

That may work for you but word of caution, First Lite makes their rain gear bigger due to exactly this reason. I called them last week asking about the rain gear and that's what I was told. If at all possible try the stuff on before buying it online!
 

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As far as sizing with their raingear goes: I have the boundary in a medium and it has enough room for me and my dog. I'm usually a medium or large depending on cut. Mediums are never big on me but I might be able to get away with a small if the sleeves were long enough, I kind of got some monkey arms.
 

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If you are busting brush consider something a little beefier. My original boundary has been used twice in brush and picked up rips both times. I realize there is a balance of weight vs durability and this jacket is more of a lightweight piece. So, For a stashable wind/rain jacket it is fine but for a lot of wear I might suggest something a bit more durable.
 

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That may work for you but word of caution, First Lite makes their rain gear bigger due to exactly this reason. I called them last week asking about the rain gear and that's what I was told. If at all possible try the stuff on before buying it online!

You know, you are right about first lite sizing. Although, I believe this piece to be the exception. First lite convinced me of that when I was looking to buy one. Call them about this specific piece. Now on the other hand, a boundary jacket? I'd be swimming in a large for sure. I went large on the stormlite and medium on the boundary.
 

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You know, you are right about first lite sizing. Although, I believe this piece to be the exception. First lite convinced me of that when I was looking to buy one. Call them about this specific piece. Now on the other hand, a boundary jacket? I'd be swimming in a large for sure. I went large on the stormlite and medium on the boundary.

Thanks for the information I will call them again before I buy one.

Their sizing kind of ticks me off, granted I am a short slightly out of shape guy but still idk how I am all over the place with their stuff.

5'6" 175 lbs 34/30

I wear:
Small Boxers
Small Chama Hoody & QZ
Medium Glenbrook/Allegheny
Medium Llano
Medium Corrugates
Large Kanabs
XL Cirrus Puffy
 
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