The Dynafit Transalper 3L Jacket is an incredibly lightweight and waterproof minimalist running jacket that packs down easily to fit in your hydration pack. Weighing in at a scant 165 grams (5.8 oz), the Transalper offers exceptional performance at such a light weight.
I picked up the Transalper before slogging 54 miles of the Bear 100 last September and if I hadn’t had this jacket I would not have made it that far. The jacket kept me dry for 15 hours in the rain at temps of 30-35 degrees F and offered enough breathability that I didn’t sweat to death and freeze. I have since tested the jacket down to 10 degrees and in 30-40 mph winds and am totally stoked on its wind resistance and ability to hold in the heat.
The Transalper has now become my go-to ski jacket for winter backcountry tours and cold weather trail runs although I wouldn’t recommend the jacket for any aerobic pursuits over 30 degrees. I typically wear it for the first 5-10 minutes of uphill and then stash it in my pack for the downhill. The hood is slim fitting and offers some face protection too.
A single chest pocket is a perfect place to stash your iPhone and have it easily accessibly for photos. It is almost as the pocket was designed specifically for the iPhone 6; it fits snugly and doesn’t bounce around at all while running or skiing. The pocket is incredibly waterproof and I have had no issues with my phone getting wet in light rain or snow.
All in all an amazing jacket and I don’t think I will ever go on a long run again without stashing this in my pack just in case. This is an excellent bad weather emergency jacket and it offers much more protection from the wind and rain that my old go-to, the Patagonia Houdini. Totally impressed!
- Waterproof Dynashell three-layer jacket with taped seams
- Incredibly lightweight at 165 grams
- Excellent breathability
- Minimalist design
- Packs down slim into hood
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