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Massdrop Veil Wind Shell

Massdrop Veil Wind Shell

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Verified Purchaser
Great light jacket, keeps you warm but doesn't make you overheat. Let's any jacket or coat be a rain coat for light/medium rain.
Verified Purchaser
Love this jacket. It fits well on me even with a sweater on (5'8, athletic build). It fits nicely into its pocket.
Verified Purchaser
Excellent jacket. Runs a bit small but as I am a rather small guy it fits perfectly.
Verified Purchaser
Great. Runs small, order one size up.
Verified Purchaser
I tend not to subject myself to particularly rough weather, but this was a dream to have with me on this weekend's trip to Linville Gorge. We were constantly going up to the windy ridge and then descending, so it would've been a huge pain to constantly stop and take off my pack to put on or remove a layer. I just wore the wind shell through almost all of it and never overheated or felt too cold. I've never used or owned a wind shell before (it seemed like a luxury item; if you're cold you can just put on your warmer layer or a rain jacket), but I'm sold now. Great jacket, crazy light.
EZ_living
;-) I have a columbia jacket that unzips so you can use the wind shell by itself wind shells are godsends
Verified Purchaser
Hello, sorry for my english. I am from Spain, ..... I really like this jacket, well made, light and wind resistant enough, packable and good price. Buuut, the fit is really really tight, I can feel how my forearms didn't fit after a few climbing pitches. Sold it to my climbing partner and order XL this time.
Verified Purchaser
I own two of these jackets in orange color. I've tested them for several month. I do like fabric a lot (5 star, everything Massdrop claims about it is true), but design of the jacket is not perfect (3 star). I want Massdrop to improve design, this is a main purpose of this review. I also put some tips for potential buyer below. Here is a list of improvements I suggest. 1) I'm missing drawcord hem a lot. That elastic current version has is neither long enough nor strong enough. 2) Please remove chest pocket. It is too small to be useful, it is just extra weight & not good looking. If you have concerns about packing, you can always pack jacket into it's sleeve (just fold it with lower sleeve part sticking out and invert the sleeve - by the way it is faster then stowing into that small pocket). If you want to keep ability to clip it to climbing harness - add thumb loops, they will be outside with this way of packing. 3) Hood size is off - it is too small to fit over climbing helmet (and it is bad idea anyway because fabric does not have stretch), and it is too big to wear over naked head or watch cap (blocks vision). I suggest looking at "Rab Wind Jacket" campsaver sells now - it has the same style hood and Rab did it right. 4) Elastic on cuffs is too lose. Again - look at Rab Wind Jacket - they did it right. Now tips... About jacket fit - my jackets are XL. I'm 6'2", 43" chest, 200lb - so I did sized up, and it was right call - it would be restrictive in the chest otherwise, and leave no space for mid layer. No, I do not like how jacket fits model on the pictures - properly sized windbreaker should have around one inch of extra space around body - it is both warmer and less restrictive this way (and more practical - you can combine is with Polartec 100 fleece and get very flexible system). About jacket performance... I've tested jacket in 40-60 temperature range (I'm in northern California), I mostly use it for high-pace hiking and backpacking. I found it is not breathable enough "on the go", I like Arcteryx Squamish 2016MY better: Squamish is around 3x more breathable (it has around 40CFM according to Richard Nisley from BPL, in my own "darth vader" testing 3 layers or Squamish is more breathable then one layer or Veil). But honestly for my conditions/activity you will be fine with just shirt (until wind is not really severe, which is very rear). Still Massdrop Veil jacket is very useful on stops and as warm-up layer (and would be even more useful if it has drawcord hem, now I have to put jacket hem into pants/shorts which works but ugly). About jacket weight... Both my Veils are 89g. For comparison: Rab Wind Jacket XL size is 141g, Arcteryx Squamish Hoody XL size is 174g. Weight it very good. Also packing size it great, especially compared to Squamish (which has brim I do not like to crumple). Also with quick jamming into sleeve speed of packing/unpacking is great (same true for Wind, but not for Squamish - I'm rolling it into the hood to save brim).
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Verified Purchaser
This jacket is very light, comfortable, and well made. I usually wear a medium, but based on other reviews, I bought the large. It fits very well. A medium would have been too small.
Verified Purchaser
So based on the reviews and comments I originally bought a large. I am a medium in everything (5'11" 160) but so many said it ran small I figured a little large was better than a little small. When I got it it was perfect in the shoulders and sleeves but was about 4 inches too big at the waist just like the measurements showed it should be. I decided to try a medium and found it a little tight in the chest if I pulled my arms back but otherwise ok. You loose 1 inch in the sleeve length in medium which would be nice to have back and 1" in the shoulders which is definitely needed. If you look at the seam on the model's shoulders you will see what I mean. I think widening the shoulders would help the sleeve length a bit. Not sure about any chest tightness. For running with a light base layer the medium is best except for the slightly short sleeves on me. I haven't found the hood too much use as it tends to hang a little far down on my face. You kinda need a ball cap to make it useful. Or a least a substantial beanie. Otherwise it would be a real nice wind shirt. Anyway since there was some confusion on sizing I thought I'd throw out what I found. At least now I know what measurements to look for in a shell like this. I will modify the large to fit better at the waist so all good for me.
Verified Purchaser
I picked this up as a packable coat for emergency purposes when mountain biking. I've found it works very well in high output activities like mountain biking and fat biking in the cold, as the outer layer over wool base layers and an insulation layer. I hear up fast and the shell breathes really well. I only took a star off as I wish there were hook and loop fasteners to keep the hood rolled away more securely.
Verified Purchaser
The Veil Wind Shell is modeled similarly to the Patagonia Houdini, which is almost twice its price. This sort of wind shell always has a very slim fit and should always be ordered up in size if you plan on layering anything except a tee shirt or a thin baselayer beneath it. All the extras are sacrificed for extreme light weight and compact packability. I own the Patagonia Houdini in L and XL for this reason. In my opinion, the Veil compares favorably to the top rated Houdini except for a few issues. The zipper set on my Veil seems slightly off, making it difficult to engage or disengage the zipper and more likely to fail. Also, the hood feels poorly shaped and somewhat goofy looking. My Patagonia Houdini and the Arc'teryx Squamish both have shock cord adjustments at the bottom and for the hoods. The Marmot DriClim Ether has adjustable bottom and hood, plus zip hand pockets, but its brushed tricot lining limits it to cooler weather use. When it is cool and really windy, my Marmot DriClim Hooded is my go to wind jacket. The Massdrop Veil Wind Shell is much cheaper than the others and long and slim enough at the bottom to keep most of the cold air out without a shock cord, but the hood is pretty hokey.
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Verified Purchaser
I have 3 windshells and this is the lightest and the coolest. Montbell x 2 and Black Diamond I would like to buy another one But please add
  • waist adjustable elastic
  • hood drawstring for high wind
  • another color besides orange in xxxl
  • add women’s and I will get one for my wife
  • armpit vent
Rvl12
Yes, a womens version would be great!
Verified Purchaser
I have really come to like this Veil Wind Shell. Likes:
  1. The fabric feels really nice.
  2. The CFM (wind blocking) and MVTR (breathability) is a nice middle-of-the-road for most day to day situations.
  3. Good athletic cut to it.
  4. Awesome price compared to other high quality wind jackets.

Dislikes:
  1. No bottom hem adjustment cord.
  2. I do not like chest pockets.
  3. Needs longer arms.
  4. Two way zipper would be nice.
Overall, super like this wind jacket. I switch back and forth between this Veil and one from Enlightened Equipment, based on how much cold wind I am expecting. I have published a full article on this wind jacket, if anybody would like to read it.
Verified Purchaser
Perfect jacket wish they made more colors. I'm 5'7 145lbs and the medium is a great fit for me. I would size up for this jacket.
ESEFMatt
Thanks for the link to your write-up! I'm in the market for a budget wind-shell that will last.
Verified Purchaser
Impressed with the light weight and ability to use as a shell over my down jacket or just as a light wind breaker. It will join me on every hike from here forward. I am 5'10" and the Large gave me room but not too loose.
EWiefrshair
What's your weight/chest measurement? I'm 5'9, 160lbs, 37-38" chest and deciding between the medium or large.
nquinn
I'm 5'10" 165 and the L fits me well.
Verified Purchaser
Amazing! I bought two. I'm a big guy (275 x 6') and the 3xl jacket was a perfect fit.
Verified Purchaser
My upper body size is 40S and am a slim fit. I am extremely disappointed with this Massdrop wind shell. Firstly, it was not described as 'slim fit.' It is clearly labeled as such on the inside of the product. Moreover, the medium sized product fits like a tight glove and the material used is hardly worth the price paid. Granted the jacket length and sleeve length are good, but the extremely tight fit is beyond what a reasonable customer would expect to receive. Several other customer reviews clearly corroborate my claim. I will be very wary of any Massdrop labeled products in the future. Caveat emptor.
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May not be able do do a swap. Tested out the jacket and the zipper seems to be broken. Going to try to return this.
neilpquinn
Sorry to hear that,, Neil. Best of luck.
Verified Purchaser
The measurements on the page are an absolute lie. Could not even get my arm in the sleeve.
So, how do I return this. since it does not have the measurements published, I'm not paying for it to be returned either.
Verified Purchaser
Seems like good material and construction but Sizing is way off. I wear a large in everything and I could barely zip it up. Fit my buddy who wears a small/medium perfect.
Verified Purchaser
Bought this for my son for sitting at football games. It is VERY light and thin and rolls up very small, which is good for putting into a pocket or backpack until needed. It does run a bit small, he got a Large when he wears a Medium or Large shirt. Not much extra room, I was hoping he could wear it over a sweatshirt when it gets cold. He seems to like it anyway.
Verified Purchaser
Very lightweight and well made. Will certainly work for its intended purpose. The problem is the sizing. I’m 6’2” 195 lbs and ordered a large. It fits, but it’s a bit too snug. The length is fine. I sent an email to management asking to exchange for XL, but haven’t heard back. If exchanges aren’t possible I don’t see what the value of ordering clothing from this site is. UPDATE: No exchanges are allowed. Downgraded to two stars.
Verified Purchaser
Worked well in the first misty walk. Fits good. Love the weight and features. BUT, the sizing is not correct. I have worn and own many XL shirts, jackets, etc, and they all seem to fit ok or so. I would have ordered an XL but I read the discussion and decided to order up one size to XXL. Glad I did. The XXL fits perfect, not in any way too big or long or anything. The sizing stamp should read XL, but it says, XXL. Order up one size. I am 6'0" and weigh 210#s, medium build. I can fit this over my puffy when backpacking. Yes!
Verified Purchaser
I'm 6'1 220, tried to switch my order to XL but received a large. Honestly the fit is just a little tight on me but I'm not seeing how everyone is needing to size up a lot. Seems to fit as a standard large, the sleeves are on the shorter size for sure.