The Mountain Hardwear Nazca Dry.Q Elite Jacket for women is another good option to add to your review list if you're in the market for a new waterproof hiking jacket.
It's at the higher end of price for a hiking rain jacket than some of the other popular ones we've looked at but with good reason as you can expect great quality.
Let's take a closer look.
Mountain Hardwear Nazca Dry.Q Elite Jacket
Average Customer Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (40+ reviews!)
Price: $174.95 (Price may vary, accurate at time of post)
Available Colors: Oasis Blue / Bay Blue, Black, Sangria, Emperor / Night Purple, Oasis Blue / Jewel
Where to Buy: www.sierratradingpost.com
First off, the Nazca jacket has a great look about it sporting a nice classic cut. This jacket is meant to be a little on the softer side than your average rain shell jacket so I think you can expect a little more comfort than a standard rain jacket. Although you will trade that in for a little more bulk in return. Not a big deal for most hikers. This extra comfort is achieved by a brushed tricot lining which also adds an extra element of warmth.
Functionally the jacket is waterproof and breathable. The waterproof rating comes in at a whopping 40,000 mm and breathability at 30,000 mm so it's a high scorer in those departments. To achieve this, it utilizes a two-layer shell fabric made from dobby nylon backed by a Dry.Q Elite membrane. The jacket is also fully seam sealed and has pit zips for extra ventilation.
The jacket has a brimmed, helmet compatible hood which means it can be used on your more adventurous hiking trips where helmet protection is required e.g. scrambling over tricky rocks.
The Nazca closes via a YKK waterproof zipper. For storage, it has two standard hand warmer pockets and a Napoleon breast pocket with brushed mesh lining.
- Waterproof and breathable to a very high rating
- Durable and comfortable
- Some comments that the jacket can be a bit snug at the waist which might limit layering
Specs (At a glance)
- Waterproof materials: Dry.Q Elite waterproof breathable membrane
- Seam sealed: Full
- Closure: YKK®,Zipper
- Waterproof rating 40,000 mm
- Breathability rating 30,000
- Pit zips
- Length: 27″ (based on size medium)
- Fabric: 100% nylon
- Lining: 100% nylon, 100% polyester (brushed)
- Care: Machine wash/dry
- Classic Fit
- Weight: 1 lb. 2 oz.
The Mountain Hardwear Nazca Jacket looks to me to be a really great hiking jacket that should cover all your needs all year round except in extreme conditions.
It had a lot of very positive user feedback, looks good and does what is needs to do functionally. Definitely worth considering for all your hiking needs.
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