Water hits this jacket, beads up and bounces off. Word. I have seen it with my own eyes. Freaky. The Mithrilite is breathable so water isn't forming on the inside either. Love the pockets...especially the front chest one. I use this jacket for alpine climbing and appreciate the side vents. Would recommend this jacket to a friend and an enemy. It is that good.
Okay, just got my Mithrilite Jacket and I wore it on a bad ass mixed climb in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO. Well...the route was mixed but it was a mix of rock and water...no ice left because conditions were warm. The water was pouring off the rock but it beaded up and bounced off this jacket. Bounced off!!! I stayed completely dry from the water but the jacket is also breathable so I stayed dry even though i was sweating the lead. Love the front chest pocket...kept my route description in there. My climbing harness obscures the other two pockets but they would be great if wearing the jacket during other uses (backpacking, hiking, around town). Sides are vented with zippers.