The Toad & Co. Spindrift Anorak ($99) is a wind and water-resistant, highly-packable anorak-style jacket that is just as at home in the city as it is on the trail.
What I Liked
- Lightweight and packable. Have you ever stood atop Eagle Mountain in chilly winds blowing down from Canada? I have. In the Toad & Co. Spindrift Anorak. It wasn’t bad at all. What I love most about its lightweight’ness is how much space it does not take up in a Deuter Airlite 26 SL daypack.
- Functional. Despite not being a full-zipped jacket, it was quick and easy to pull on over my head when the winds picked up. The hood is deep and it has a huge zippered kangaroo pocket in which you can stash a pair of gloves—or the anorak itself. The sleeve cuffs have elastic edging and are plenty long to cover my wrists.
- Construction. A technical anorak it is not. I wouldn’t recommend this for climbing scaling the Half Dome or anything of that intensity. But for day hiking it certainly holds its own. It has a UPF 50 rating and is made with a quick-drying water-repellant finish. It won’t keep you dry in a downpour but it will definitely keep out the drizzle.
What I Didn’t Like
- Size. Runs small so order the next size up. Not to divulge too much PHI (insurance speak for “personal health information”) but I weigh in at 123lbs and stand 5’ 6”. I have normal-width shoulders. I always wear a small in shirts, coats, jackets and anoraks. The Toad & Co. Sprindrift Anorak certainly fits fine when I’m wearing a very lightweight baselayer underneath. But it’s too small to accommodate a down sweater or other insulation. Not a big deal in the warm months but once you start getting into temps below 50 you’ll be cold—unless you order a size up.
- Length. It’s on the short side for me, laying about two inches below the top of my pelvic bone. This meant I was constantly yanking it down when wearing a daypack.
For $99, you can’t go wrong with the Toad & Co. Sprindrift Anorak. It isn’t trying to compete with the Arc’teryx’s of the world when it comes to protection in cold, gusty, gale-force winds and rain. If it was Toad would have to tack another $250 on to the price tag. Ha.
But for day hikes on cool days with moderate wind, or even wearing around town in the early spring or late fall, and the clouds unleash a drizzle, it’ll definitely do what you need it to do—without bleeding your bank account.
The Toad & Co. Spindrift Anorak is a Gear Gals Piece of Recommended Gear (just remember to order the next size up!)