GoLite Tumalo Pertex 2.5L Storm Jacket Review

It is a quest that never ends…swapping out gear for something “better.” This is what I have done with my rain jacket. I have been using the Sierra Designs Cyclone Eco jacket and while it is a great jacket, I just wanted something a little lighter. Two other things that were important to me in my search were hand pockets and pit zips. (Ok, 3, money too…) So, I searched around, read some reviews on a few different jackets and finally settled on one, the GoLite Tumalo 2.5L Pertex Storm Jacket. Using a 40% off code, this jacket was a great blend of nice features for a great price, and with the features I desired. So, here is a video review I did with my initial impressions:

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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4 Responses to GoLite Tumalo Pertex 2.5L Storm Jacket Review

  1. Alan says:

    I will look forward to a further review on its performance. It seems a good value jacket in the uk too. Selling at £100.
    “Boggin”, thats a new word for me. Never heard a wooly hat called that before.
    In UK we call them Bob hats or Beanies depending on how old you are.


    • Stick says:


      Thanks for checking out my site and leaving a comment. I agree, it is a nice value jacket (and even more so with the 40 % off coupon) but like any other piece of gear, it will have to prove itself in the field to see how it really does. I will be sure to report back here on my blog once I have it out!

      Oh, and I have always just called it a boggin, not sure why, guess it’s just what I have always heard it called… 🙂



  2. Alan says:

    Hi Stick,
    Good review and i agree with what you say. Don’t like the hood closure or the cuffs. It looks a sweaty jacket from the vid but what is it like in reality? I know it has pockets and pits for ventilation but is the material breathable?
    I like the storm flap on the main zip.
    Does the hood have a rear adjuster to it and if so, is it exposed to the rain or is it covered in some way.
    Thanks for sharing this. Excellent stuff.


    • Stick says:


      Very good questions.

      At this point it is hard for me to say how well it breathes. The most I have worn it was about 3 hours one day playing outside with the kids in the snow. Underneath I was wearing a plain cotton t shirt and my R1 over that, then the jacket. Temperatures were around the mid 20’s and we had about 9″ of nice snow. We built snowmen, forts and had snow ball fights. I got worked up but never felt wet inside from sweat. When I felt a little warm I simply unzipped the main zip about half way. However, no experience yet in the rain with a pack on.

      And no, the hood does not have a rear adjuster. Although, for me the hood does conform around my head nicely when cinched down, and especially so if I am wearing a boggin.

      Thanks for stopping by!



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