Macpac Lightweight Prophet Pertex® Rain Jacket - Men's
Why we made this
We designed this alpine hardshell to be waterproof, durable and breathable — made for climbers, the Lightweight Prophet performs consistently across all four seasons.
Designed for mountaineers, the Lightweight Prophet is an alpine hardshell providing advanced weather protection and technical performance. Engineered to be waterproof and windproof, this jacket is fully seam sealed and features Pertex® Shield Pro fabric for a waterproof and durable 3-layer construction that provides highly breathable protection for extended use in extreme conditions. Pertex® Shield Pro uses a microporous membrane to allow moisture vapour to pass through the fabric, effectively minimising sweat build up and keeping you comfortable for longer. Complete with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) fabric treatment, the Lightweight Prophet is engineered to help keep you dry in the mountains. Designed with the climber in mind, this jacket has increased lift patterning in the underarms for freedom of movement and is helmet and harness compatible, with raised side pockets for easy access while on route. With a clean silhouette, high collar and YKK® AquaGuard® water-resistant pocket zips (please note: they are not waterproof zips), the Lightweight Prophet is fully featured for all-weather mountain missions.
Pertex® Shield Pro outer shell with Durable Water Repellent (DWR) fabric treatment
Highly waterproof and breathable with microporous PU membrane and full seam sealing
Helmet compatible with adjustable hood
Internal and external chest pockets, hand pockets compatible with harness and hip belt
High collar protects your face from the elements
Increased 'lift' patterning in underarms for freedom of movement
Please note: the outside pockets use YKK® AquaGuard® zips which are water resistant, but not waterproof
Main Fabric Pertex® Shield Pro 100% Nylon Ripstop Main Fabric Weight (g/m2) 115 Main Fabric Hydrostatic Head (mm) 20000 Main Fabric Breathability (g/m2/24hr) 20000 Secondary Fabric Pertex® Shield Pro 100% Nylon Ripstop Secondary Fabric Weight (g/m2) 172 Secondary Hydrostatic Head (mm) 20000 Secondary Breathability (g/m2/24hr) 20000 DWR DWR (C6) Membrane/Coating Microporous PU Weight (g) 480 (Size M)
To get the best performance out of your waterproof garment frequent washing and drying is recommended
Before washing ensure all zippers and closures are secure
Warm machine wash on gentle cycle using pure soap or Nikwax Tech Wash®
Do not bleach or use fabric softeners
Cool tumble dry. This is very important to rejuvenate the DWR finish
Do not dry clean
Apply a DWR restorer, such as Nikwax TX. Direct® to help prolong the life of your garment
A frequently washed garment is a well performing one
4.8 / 5.0
Excellent but let down by non-waterproof zips
This is in most respects an excellent jacket. It allows excellent freedom of movement, the sleeves are long enough but (unlike the previous version of the same jacket) not too long, and the Pertex fabric seems highly waterproof and breathable. The hood is roomy enough for a climbing helmet and has good swivel and adjustability so that it can be made reasonably snug without a helmet. It has a good rigid wired peak which is great in high winds, and the hood gives good facial protection by coming quite far forward while not unduly restricting field of view. The pockets are sensibly positioned so that they won't conflict with a climbing harness, and the jacket is admirably light overall for a high-spec jacket. But - and from my perspective it is a fairly big but - I discovered on a recent outing that the zips are not waterproof. Macpac's website describes the pocket zips (only) as YKK Aquaguard zips, which Macpac says are 'highly water resistant' but 'not waterproof'. This is an important distinction, but Macpac's current description is in my view not an adequate warning. As far as I can tell from looking and from my recent experience, the main zip is the same type as the pocket zips. I recently used the jacket skiing on Ruapehu. It was a fairly unpleasant day, even by Ruapehu standards, as it was around zero and raining. It was somewhat windy but not a howling gale. After a few hours' skiing in intermittent rain, I found that items in the (zipped up) pockets were soaking wet. More concerningly, pretty much the whole of my front, inside the jacket, was wet. My arms, shoulders and back were dry, so the fabric seems to have worked well. But the front zip allowed water to seep in. I should perhaps mention the front zip has an internal storm-flap but not an external one. On a multi-day trip, water seeping through the front zip would be at best a nuisance. By comparison, I have not had this problem on previous waterproof jackets over the past 15 years or more. I have always considered a top-notch waterproof jacket to be one of my most essential items in the outdoors - hence buying this one. But in light of my recent experience, I don't feel I can recommend this jacket in its current form. I do see, however, on a bit of googling, that YKK produce 'Aquaseal' zips as well as 'Aquaguard' zips. YKK describe 'Aquaseal' as waterproof, and Aquaguard, by contrast, as 'water repellent'. My recent experience leads me to the view that Aquaguard zips are not 'highly water resistant' as Macpac says, and are not suitable for a top-of the-range all-weather mountain jacket. I hope in its next incarnation Macpac includes fully waterproof zips in this otherwise excellent jacket - including for the pockets.
September 4, 2019
Response from Macpac
Hello Toby, thanks very much for taking the time to review our Macpac Prophet Jacket. You raise some very good points, and customers do need to be aware before purchasing this model uses waterproof material and water resistant zips. Thanks the Macpac Team
September 9, 2019
Very impressed, good job Macpac designers!
Overall an excellent jacket. Upgraded from a decent 2.5 layer and the difference in waterproofing is significant, while the slight increase in packed size and weight is barely noticeable. I can't compare with other high end 3 layer jackets but was impressed that after a full day in pouring rain I was bone dry under this (even on the shoulders under pack straps). I also appreciate that unlike a lot of jackets it's available in a nice bright colour which is good for safety (especially if you love traipsing around the tops solo in poor weather like me!)
April 26, 2019
Over a wet month fishing the west coast last spring this jacket out performed any jacket i've ever owned ( approx 6 from UK, Australia& US ). miles of walking and wading and two complete dunkings and I still got out nearly completely dry from the waist up. Comfortable to wear all day and easy no catch movements with rod and binoculars . My only minor gripe can't you make one in a a good olive colour for fishers and wildlife work?
October 11, 2017
Best rain jacket I've ever owned
I've had 3 Goretex jackets in the past, all different army issue jackets. In terms of breathability and waterproof rating I have found this jacket to be superior. I recently took this jacket to EBC during October and found that I was a small handful of 15 people who stayed dry during 10 hour day treks through the Himalaya's. This jacket made me proud to be a kiwi representing NZ designed gear.
February 26, 2017
My favourite jacket
I bought this to replace an old 2.5 layer Gore-Tex jacket, and i started out a little unsure about the "extra' weight of going to a 3 layer, but the team at Albany were super helpful in finding the specs and putting my mind at ease about the weight as it was lighter than the jacket it replaced. This is super waterproof, durable and breathable. I cant rate this jacket better for NZ conditions!
October 19, 2016
Awesome Jacket! Lightweight and durable A+
September 8, 2016
New Zealand's Best Lightweight Bush Jacket
A truly phenomenal jacket that performs at the highest level. I've used this particular jacket numerous times and have been impressed at the lightweight construction without the compromise of poor durability. A perfect jacket for all New Zealand conditions.
Good work Macpac!
Good work Macpac!
February 1, 2016
Spent a week in the Nelson Lake Region and the four days of torrential rain was not an issue for me when I used this jacket. Great waterproofing keeping me dry long after others became saturated and so light and easy to pack away when it wasn't needed.
January 26, 2016