The Ultrashell Pro FZ is an amazingly lightweight, minimalist waterproof jacket with exceptional performance. High levels of breathability coupled with solid waterproofing and a streamlined fit make this an ideal race shell.
The ultimate three-layer waterproof running jacket that weighs an insane 106 grams but still incredibly retains superior breathability, protectiveness and packability. The ULTRASHELL PRO FZ is packed with industry-leading technical features that will keep runners dry and protected in even the wildest of weather conditions. It’s our most breathable running jacket ever (40,000 B-1) and, unlike many other three-layer waterproofs on the market, can be packed away small into its own integrated pocket.
Inov8's Ultrashell Pro FZ is a brilliantly designed race ready waterproof jacket. It is amazingly thin, almost see through, for a 3 layer jacket and the weight is seriously impressive. However, the most impressive aspect of the Utrashell Pro is the level of waterproofing and breathability. As with any waterproof, when you are running hard up steep slopes you will sweat and the jacket may not seem as breathable as you want but overall this does breathe really well.
At this weight you expect a fairly minimalist approach in terms of the features you'll get from a jacket but Inov8 have designed this cleverly. Elasticated sections on the hem, cuffs and hood create a great fit with over- or under-doing it. The pocket on the arm is a decent size and doubles as the stuff sack which is great when the weather improves. With a slim, athletic fit it feels great on and doesn't catch the wind too much like many other shell jackets when running.
- Reviewed by BasecampGear