Review: Outdoor Vitals Nebo Windbreaker

The Nebo windbreaker is the layer I didn’t know I needed, providing lightweight protection while remaining highly breathable for staying warm while hiking without overheating.

Outdoor Vitals Nebo Windbreaker

No matter the time of year, I often need a light layer to keep from being chilled in the wind. Instead of putting on an insulated jacket to warm up, then need to take it off a few minutes later, the Nebo provides light warmth with breathability so I can keep hiking.

Features

Wind protection: the Nebo effectively blocks wind to remove wind chill, which is the main feature of a windbreaker layer.

Ultralight and packable: At only 4 ounces, the Nebo packs down small and doesn’t take up much space in your pack.

Outdoor Vitals Nebo Windbreaker

Pockets: The minimalist design of the Nebo doesn’t include hand pockets, but I find that I don’t use them on other jackets when hiking since the backpack’s hip belt would make them inaccessible. It does have a large chest pocket that can easily hold larger smartphones or trail snacks.

Outdoor Vitals Nebo Windbreaker

Fabric: Constructed of a single layer of 20 denier ripstop nylon with a DWR finish for water resistance, the feel of the Nebo is softer than other windbreakers and doesn’t feel slick like plastic.

Fit: The Nebo is offered in men’s sizing, and I’m wearing a small. As a shorter person at 5’1″, it’s long on me but I like the extra coverage. The hem features an adjustable drawcord for tightening as needed.

Outdoor Vitals Nebo Windbreaker

Elasticized hood and sleeve cuffs: I prefer simplicity in a layer, and the elastic cuffs on the sleeves work better for me than other types of closures that can be fiddly. And while the hood isn’t adjustable, I find that the elastic keeps it in place when worn over a brimmed hat.

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Overall, I’m surprised at how versatile a layer like this can be and I’ll be adding it to my pack from now on.

Outdoor Vitals Nebo Windbreaker

 

My review policy

Outdoor Vitals sent me this product to test and review. Regardless, I’m under no obligation to give it a favorable review. As an independent gear reviewer, my policy is to review only items that I have used on multiple backpacking or camping trips and that I feel are quality products worthy of recommending. If I don’t like a product, I send it back and don’t review or recommend it.

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