List Price US $200
Jack Wolfskin Women’s Prelight Jacket Review
Type Shell
Gore-Tex No
Hood Type Contoured
Powder Skirt No
Jacket to Pant Interface No
Vents None
Layer Count 2.5 Layer
Waterproof Rating Above 25k
Breathability Rating Unpublished
Manufactured in


Waterproofing Excellent
Breathability Great


Packability Thin
Construction Excellent

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Jack Wolfskin Women's Prelight 2024 - 2023 Review by The Good Ride

This is a look at the Jack Wolfskin Women’s Prelight 2.5L jacket. A windproof and waterproof hiking layer that is also very packable.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  No one is perfect and we do make money from the “Where To Buy” links below, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average hiker’s perspective.

Jack Wolfskin Women's Prelight 2.5L Jacket

Time Codes

00:00 – Intro 00:26 – Steph’s Specs 00:40 – Sleeves 01:12 – Hood 01:51 – Pockets 01:57 – Bottom Cinch 02:13 – Waterproof and Windproof 02:39 – Weight 02:57 – Fabric 03:08 – Taped Seams 03:19 – Packability 03:30 – Fit With Insulation Layer 04:10- Using The Jacket 04:57 – Experience In The Rain 06:22 – Overall

Testing while hiking

Size Tried: Med

I thought the med fit great for my needs and I usually size up for jackets compared to my measurements. I like a bit of extra room for layering and added movement. Plus I like the extra length in the sleeves I get from sizing up as well.

Sleeve Length

Weight: 165g

Packability: Very packable. It packs down to a very compact size. Great for hiking or backpacking, or just keeping a waterproof layer in the pack just in case.

Hiking and testing conditions

Testing Conditions: I tested this jacket on multiple hikes & outdoor adventures. We had wind, rain, and sunshine alike.
Steph’s Specs:
Height: 5’3”
Weight: 108 lbs
Chest: 29”
Upper Chest: 32”
Arm Length (pit to wrist) 20”
Neck: 12.5″
Torso Length (collarbone to pant line) 18”
Shoulder Width 16” wide



The Prelight 2.5L is built with Texapore Pro fabric. A material that has similar waterproof properties to Gore-Tex, but is a bit more flexible and breathable when compared to Gore-Tex.

Jack Wolfskin Women's Prelight 2.5L hood


The hood is nicely shaped and comfortable when up. It offers great peripheral views and isn’t constricting at all. There’s a lightweight cinch in the back too in case you need it due to wind or whatever. There’s also a slight bill at the top to help keep rain off your face. I found it very functional in the rain, I wear glasses and it kept raindrops off my glasses while hiking.


The Prelight 2.5L comes with 2 hand pockets. There are no inner pockets or chest pockets.

Bottom hem cinch

Bottom Cinch

There’s a lightweight cinch in the bottom hem of the jacket that works great. And is nice for keeping cold air or wind out if needed without adding too much bulk or weight.

Prelight 2.5L Jacket in the rain

Waterproof And Windproof

I tested this jacket in the many rain storms we have gotten in the area this summer. We had almost daily storms, which meant if I went out hiking I was guaranteed to get wet. So this layer was great to have on hand when the storms rolled in. I wore it through rain and hail for a couple hours straight while carrying a pack as well. I wanted to test the friction point of the shell. It held up really well. At the end of the hike I had just a bit of damp coming through where my backpacking straps were rubbing on my shoulders and upper back. Which is to be expectd, but my shirt wasn’t really wet yet. Everything else stayed very waterproof.

Taped Seams

The jacket comes with taped seams as well, but not a waterproof zipper.

The Prelight 2.5L Jacket also holds up great in wind. I found it very windproof, and would be good for more not ideal weather for keeping warm or pairing with an insulation layer as well.

It also dries out quite quickly. After exposure to the rain, it dried within 20 min or so.


I found the Prelight 2.5L Jacket pretty breathable for a waterproof layer. But if the temps got warm out, I heated up pretty quickly. So this shell is definitely more ideal for cooler temps. I also wore it during summer snowboarding season at Mammoth this year. I really enjoyed it for that, because it is waterproof, and I could just throw a flannel on underneath. It was warm enough for higher wind speeds, and breathable enough as long as the temps were around 40f or 50f.

Fit with insulation layer

Fit With Insulation Layer

I paired this shell with my M Roxy down jacket. The insulation layer is medium bulky. It fit great under the Prelight 2.5L Jacket. I had plenty of range of motion still, and could even put both hoods on without feeling too restricted.

Jack Wolfskin Women's Prelight 2.5L Jacket While Hiking


The Jack Wolfskin Women’s Prelight 2.5L is a great choice if you are looking for a lightweight, quality, waterproof shell. It is very packable and holds up really well in wet weather and cooler temps. A good option for hiking or backpacking and layers great with insulation as well.

Jack Wolfskin Women's Prelight 2.5L Jacket


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