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2011

GoLite Malpais Trinity 3-Layer Liteshell Jacket review
Written by Andrew Horton   
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GoLite Malpais Trinity 3-Layer Liteshell JacketIt has been deemed by its creator as “The ultimate gram-counting storm shell for the outdoor athlete that expects all-around performance in any downpour for the least amount of weight possible.”

A marketing mouthful, but at seven ounces, this creation, the Golite Malpais Trinity 3-Layer Liteshell Jacket, is more a modern marvel than a marketing ploy. This jacket is about 185 grams worth of taped seams, waterproof zippers, fixed hood with cord lock closures, and shock cord closures.

Malpais Trinity 3-Layer Liteshell features an ultralight nylon layer (15 denier), complete with a polyurethane membrane so waterproof that it will keep you dry in monsoon season.  With its taped seams and waterproof zippers, the Golite Malpais Trinity jacket shields you from the elements. In the unpredictability that comes with Spring, this jacket is predictably dry.

On a recent ride down the complex Big River Management Area trail system in Rhode Island, there was no escaping the monsoon. Either you found it or it found you. Roots that had been exposed to a week's worth of rain were sliding knobby tires halfway across the width of the trail, while standing mud puddles only got deeper to forge through.

It was a sloppy mess of a day where rain and mud affected nearly every aspect of riding. The GoLite Malpais Trinity 3-Layer Liteshell kept rain at bay, as the seams proved impermeable and the membrane was deemed impenetrable.

The Malpais Trinity 3-Layer Liteshell Jacket Trinity is breathable, but once overexerted at mile three, the moisture inside starts building quickly. Sometimes the moisture inside the jacket is much greater than the beads of rainwater outside. On humid days, it might be best just to go without a jacket.

There’s also the troubling zipper. Athletes and outdoors enthusiasts who depend on this kind of jacket want to zip up and go. This zipper is stubborn so expect a good minute or two to get it right.

GoLite Logoimages/GoLiteThe GoLite Malpais Trinity 3-Layer Liteshell Jacket is tailored with an athlete in mind, great for athletes but not so great for sweat-filled trips to the nearest buffet. Even under those extremes, the waterproof seams and zippers held under the pressure. (MSRP $250)


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Andrew Horton

Andrew HortonAndrew Horton-Hall comes to OutdoorInformer.com with deep roots in the world of professional journalism, having covered breaking news and feature articles for newspapers throughout southern New England. After witnessing firsthand the power of positive publicity and promoting good causes, he decided to make the leap into public relations and marketing. He currently serves as a Marketing Coordinator at an international architectural firm in Boston and is studying for his MBA in Sustainability at Antioch University New England in Keene, N.H.

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