Ground Virtual – Rain Jackets: Reviews
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“It’s super-comfortable, looks cool, and beat back steady rain for hours,” said one tester, summing up the Virtual’s virtues. In a category that has never been known for sleek style, Ground has elevated the game by creating an all-purpose storm shell you won’t mind wearing when it’s not raining. Credit the asymmetrical lines, subtly placed (below the armpit) pit zips, and welded seams—the overall effect is a trim-looking jacket that drapes comfortably around the body. 12 oz (L); groundwear.com
Bonus: Stuffs into its own side pocket for easy packability.
Bummer: The prototype we tested lacked zipper garages on the front pockets or pit zips, resulting in minor seepage. (Ground says the problem will be fixed on production jackets.)