Field Notes: Windproof in near-tornado conditions, Rhyolite is one of the most well-styled women’s performance pieces we’ve seen lately. Panelized for trim fit with plenty of arm movement, the jacket places venting hand pockets high enough to function with backpack waistbelts without creating a chipmunk look when filled. REI’s front yoke is striking, particularly in a bomber piece coming in well under $200. A one-pull adjustable hood is a tester favorite as hook-and-eye cuff adjustments are overdone nor is the waist toggle system overwrought. The Rose colorway tested struck a sweet balance between visibility, style and serious good looks.
Pros: Reliable performance, solid features, well-tailored to fit women
Cons: Waist-length design is on the bubble for protection in windy, wet conditions
Tester Comments: “An outstanding value, REI musters an Active Junky-favorite fabric for this piece. eVent DValpine pushes sweat out while staying dry in the fast of punishing precipitation. There’s not much to argue about with Rhyolite with a seam-free shoulder construction that’s more pack-ready than many others tested.”
Key Attribute: Features
Best For: All-around, three-season use in most climates and conditions
Weight: 11 oz.
Sizes: XS - XL
Material: 3 layers, nylon eVent DValpine