So tiny that it will attach unnoticed onto the strap of your pack, the VapourLight Hyper Smock at 75g takes the meaning of a lightweight jacket to a whole new level.
Originally designed for trail runners, it’s being picked up as a carry-at-all times extra layer by cyclists due to its incredibly small pack size.
The (semi-transparent) fabric feels comfortable against the skin – so even if you’re not planning on making use of the waterproof feature it’s an extra layer that you’ll barely notice taking along for the chill of a late spring afternoon descent.
At this weight the only extra features are one chest pocket and a hood – both so simply styled the lines are as clean as it’s possible to be. It was also surprisingly breathable and we had to work hard to get any moisture build up at all, and what we did get dried fast.
The one main downside to this jacket is that being designed for running, the cut isn’t perfect for the bike. However, if you need one all-rounder of this type we can’t recommend the Hyper Smock highly enough.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.