Review: REI Motility Rain Jacket

September 30, 2015  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,   |   2 Comments

Rain Jacket
REI Motility Jacket
$169, 1 lb. 2 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s S-XL, women’s XS-XL

There are, quite literally, few environments in the world wetter than New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park: It receives upwards of 400 inches of rain a year. (Fun fact: That’s 10 times more than Seattle.) To me, that means there are few places on the planet better for testing a rain jacket. I took the Motility Jacket on a four-day trek of Fiordland’s famously wet, muddy, and rugged Dusky Track, and a dayhike to Gertrude Saddle above Milford Sound, where plenty of rain mixed with lots of exertion on my part provided an excellent measure of this well-priced, waterproof-breathable rain jacket.

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2 Responses to Review: REI Motility Rain Jacket

  1. Ryan   |  September 30, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Great info and always enjoy your write ups. One question, how long should a quality rain she’ll last for if properly washed and cared for?

    • MichaelALanza   |  October 1, 2015 at 5:36 am

      Thanks, Ryan. That’s a good question. Depending on how often you use it and how, it should last several years with proper care, which often includes occasionally putting a jacket through the washing machine (using an approved soap product) and dryer to restore the DWR, or durable, water-repellent treatment (which causes water to bead up on the outer surface of the fabric). Check the label or the manufacturer’s website for instructions on cleaning the jacket. Waterproof-breathable membranes (like Gore-Tex and eVent) and coatings (used in many less-expensive, brand jackets) can get clogged by dirt, smoke, and skin oils. When your jacket no longer responds to washing and drying, and “wets out” in rain (soaks through), that’s the signal to retire it. But if you take care of it, you may decide you just want a newer, better jacket or you may blow out the zipper before the membrane fails.

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