Sierra Designs set out to develop a better performing rain jacket with its Men's Elite Cagoule Jacket. Weighing only six ounces, this lightweight jacket won't weigh you down whether you're backpacking or day hiking, but it provides exceptional protection from the rain for when you're on the move. The idea behind the Elite Cagoule is that active ventilation will always outperform a waterproof, breathable membrane, so the jacket features multiple open vents to keep you cool and, more importantly, dry from the inside out.The unique awning vents at the underarms are always open to keep air constantly flowing through the jacket, while the hip belt vent allows your backpack waist strap to pass under the jacket, so water will still roll off the front of the coat. Pass through openings allow your hands to access pockets on your mid layer, and the deep chest opening can be opened or closed with hook and loop tabs to allow huge amounts of air to pass through when you're working up a sweat. The Cagoule is designed to be worn with the Sierra Designs Elite Rain Chaps for head to toe waterproof protection in the backcountry.