Gear Review: Orvis Ultralight Wading Jacket

May 21, 2019 By: Robert Morselli

The Orvis Ultralight Wading Jacket is undoubtedly the product of designers listening to customers who ask for and suggest specific features in a wading jacket. Orvis labels it a “a full-featured jacket” – and that it is (partial list appears at base of review).

What makes this wading jacket a standout, as the product name clearly points out, is its lack of weight: a size medium comes in at a mere 16.9 ounces (480 grams)! This significant reduction in bulk means that you can carry it in a small day pack.

The welded, 3-layer waterproof breathable nylon shell along with YKK AquaGuard water resistant zippers and DWR finish put this jacket in the heavyweight class in terms of protection from wind and rain. In addition, the jacket is comfortable and offers excellent freedom of movement.

Other of the features you’ll appreciated most are the integrated Dolphin Skin cuff system for additional water resistance when landing and releasing fish. No more worries about fishing an entire day with soaked shirt sleeves.

Gear space is addressed with large front storage pockets and an internal tensioned mesh pocket for added storage.

That partial list:

  • Innovative side zip pockets feature four-way stretch power mesh to reduce bulk and increase ventilation
  • Rubberized tabs for tool docking
  • Rear yoke D-ring for net attachment
  • Three-way adjustable storm hood with laminated brim
  • Adjustable hem.
  • Washable.

Highly recommended.