Bought a Wild Things Tactical Windshirt 1.0 while they were on sale (50%!) the other week and received it today. Feels great and is really light. At first sight I’d say it’s pretty much just like the Arc’Teryx LEAF Wraith Jacket…
The specs are even quite similar:
WTT WS 1.0
70 denier textured nylon shell encapsulated with silicone in a proprietary process that provides durable water resistance, abrasion resistance, and breathability • ½ zip pullover • One angled chest pocket • Concealed zippers • Adjustable shock cord hem • Stow-away hood • Elastic wrist closures • Dropped tail • Weight: 10 oz (284g)• Made in U.S.A. • Berry Amendment Compliant
Arc’Teryx Wraith Jacket
Gossamera™—100% Nylon ripstop fabric with water repellant coating.
Quiet, featherweight mini-ripstop nylon emergency shell. Wind-resistant, moisture shedding technical fabric has slight mechanical stretch to facilitate rapid coverage over kit in inclement weather. Helmet compatible Storm Hood™, hem drawcord and die-cut cuff adjusters instantly create a protected micro climate. Stows in its own chest pocket.
Weight: 6.4 oz. (182g)
The only real big difference with the design is that the Wraith Jacket is a full zip jacket and has a little slimmer design. The WTT has got elastic wrist closures and Wraith has got velcro closure just as the DRAC jacket. I like the WTT design better, especially the wrist closures because with the Arc’Teryx jackets they build upon each other making it bulky if you’re wearing a watch or similar.
One other thing with the WTT that makes it more ergonomic is that the chest pocket is angled and that way is easier to open. The hand movement is more natural than pulling straight down, that’s of course my personal opinion.
My conclusion is that this is worth buying this instead of the Wraith Jacket form Arc’Teryx. The price tag is lower and the overall feel of the jacket is about the same as the Wraith. Now, I haven’t tried any of them out in the field but when reading different reviews the Wild Things Tactical Windshirt seems to be doing the job.