What's in the name? Wy'east is the Multnomah Tribe name for Mt. Hood, the iconic Oregon mountain that is just northeast of our factory in Salem, Oregon.
As with all of our apparel, the development of our first softshell jacket (the Big Four jacket) began with our core belief that technical clothing for climbing should be simple and functional. There are many options available on the market for softshell jackets, but not many that remove all of the extraneous stuff that adds weight and hassle to a garment. We wanted a jacket that fully took advantage of the best parts of softshell fabrics and left out anything that wasn't necessary.
The features on the NW Alpine Women's Wy'east Softshell Jacket are minimalist and focused with just a zippered chest pocket (on the opposite side from our Black Spider Hoody chest pocket for layering purposes), two alpine hand pockets, two inside stretch drop-in pockets, adjustable cuffs, and a helmet compatible hood with a fixed elastic cord. The jacket has an athletic cut. The length and stretch of the fabric allows the jacket to easily stay under a harness, and the sleeves are long enough to not get annoying when swinging ice tools or rock climbing.
The Wy'east Softshell Jacket is constructed from Tweave Durasense. This fabric is created by a non-conventional process for wrapping yarn called air entanglement. This process gives the fabric a softer hand, while improving the stretch.
Made in Oregon, USA.
Sizes: S-XL (Size Chart)
Weight: 12 oz (Medium)
Material: Tweave Durasense - 97% Nylon and 3% Spandex