MassDrop Veil Wind Shell Review

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The Massdrop Veil is an ultralight breathable wind shirt which provides active insulation even in high winds. Wind shirts are very lightweight and usually weigh between 2 and 3 ounces. While they’re not waterproof, many experienced hikers carry and use a wind shirt to prevent heat loss in windy exposed or above-timberline terrain.

Breathability

Comfort & Mobility

Hood Adjustability

Weight

Durability

Packed Size

Minimalist Wind Protection

The Veil Wind Shirt is a minimalist wind shell that trades off features and adjustability for weight and a low price. It gets the job done, but sizing can be an issue.

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Specs at a Glance

Insulation

Wind shirts are designed to trap your body heat even though they don’t have any insulation of their own. They do this by trapping the warmth that your body generates, especially when you’re being very active, and preventing wind from stripping it away. Have you ever climbed a mountain on a hot day in a T-shirt, only to freeze at the summit when you break above the timberline and a cold wind chills you? A wind shirt can keep you warm in exactly that circumstance while a fleece sweater would still be subject to heat loss from the wind.

Wind shirts can also be used to protect you from biting insects, like mosquitos and black flies. They’re good to wear on cool evenings around a campfire when a fleece would be too warm to wear, and to help you stay warm on a cool spring morning before you generate enough body heat (from hiking) to stay warm.

At 11 CFM the Veil lies near the more insulating end of the wind shirt spectrum while still maintaining breathability. It will keep you cozy down to 40F in 35 mph winds while wearing only a thin button-up underneath, provided you’re moving, of course.

While the Veil is coated with an exterior DWR, it is not designed to be waterproof and cannot replace the function of a rain jacket.

Material

The ultra-thin nylon used in many wind shirts can leave them feeling and sounding like a plastic garbage bag. The 15D ripstop nylon used in the Veil is incredibly soft and silent and feels great against your skin.

Features

The Veil is decidedly light on features. On the front, there’s a full-length YKK zipper and a single 4″ x 6” zippered chest pocket which also doubles as a stuff sack. On the back a pair of Velcro tabs allow you to roll up the hood when not in use. More expensive wind shells often have drawstring adjustable hoods, which can help eliminate flapping in high wind as well as hook and loop wrist straps to prevent heat loss at your wrists. If you decide to buy the Veil, it’s important to understand what features are missing from it in order to keep its cost down.

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