First Look: GoLite Malpais Trinity

Posted on 27 April 2011

Now we have spring and the gear which was presented at the OutDoor Show 2010 in Friedrichshafen is now available in outdoor shops and for the customer. On this way I received a new jacket from GoLite, the Malpais Trinity and here is the name of the company program. The new jacket from GoLite is one of the lightest 3-layer waterproof jackets on the market and comes along with a weight of 193g in size M. OK the weight of the series production jacket is a bit heavier than the prototype at the OutDoor show, but the it is also excellent.

OK let’s start with some technical infos of the jacket. Golite used for the Malpais their own waterproof Trinity fabric. This fabric has a waterproof level of 17000mm and a breathability level of 15,000g/m²/24 hours. The jacket comes along with fully taped seams and waterproof zippers.

Meanwhile the GoLite Malpais has a simple big hood. Big enough to use a helmet or something else under the hood. There is only one small draw cord to adjust the hood and instead of heavy cord locks they used a small piece of shaped foam to fix the draw cord. At the backside of the hood you have a small piece of velcro to put the hood more narrowly.

Another nice feature of this jacket are the gummed tapes of the zipper. You have a better grip when you are wearing gloves or when it is wet. Furthermore the jacket has two hand pockets with waterproof zippers. The inside of the pockets are made with mesh for better ventilation if they are open.

First Impression:

Normally I wear size L in my rain jackets, but the Golite Malpais Trinity was a little too closely so I decided to choose size XL. This size XL weighs 239g on my scale. Now I have a jacket with plenty of space for a lot of insulation clothing. The arms are long enough and my sweet ass is well protected. It only disturbs the space in the abdominal area. The small velcro dots are strong enough to secure the hood and the cuff closures. I really could not use the jacket under rainy conditions. The weather in the last weeks was still perfect with no rain or something else. But there will be enough rain during the year and I will test the jacket and compare it with other jackets and smocks on the market. S0 stay tuned and have a look at my blog for news of the jacket and other interesting articles.

Last but not least if you are interested in this jacket UOG has it in stock for a great offer.

6 responses to First Look: GoLite Malpais Trinity

  • Fu sagt:


    > It only disturbs the space in the abdominal area.

    Can you clarify that statement? I don’t understand what it means.

    Do you have any eVent jackets that you can compare it to under high-exertion activity?

    How are the pockets with a pack on?


  • hrxxlight sagt:

    sorry for my bad English. That means that the Jacket is a bit too roomy on the frontside, but everything else is ok.
    I can compare the jacket with my RAB Momentum.
    I will make some photos of the jacket with a pack on in the next days.

  • Stick sagt:

    (I initially posted this comment under the wrong post…)

    It’s a bummer they are still using those cheap crappy foam cord locks on the hood. I have the Tumalo and it came with the same foam locks. I replaced them with some real cord locks and the weight didn’t budge. Other than that, it looks like a nice jacket, although I would like some pit zips… Looking forward to seeing how well this jacket breathes in warmer weather.

    As far as fit, I ordered the XL in the Tumalo because I knew that I would be layering under it. It leaves plenty of room for that, but with only a single thin layer underneath it is quite baggy, and the sleeves are a little long. But that’s ok, maybe it will ventilate better this way in warmer weather…

  • Fu sagt:


    Any more opinions on how it performs compared to your RAB Momentum jacket in eVent?


  • hrxxlight sagt:


    there are no more infos at the moment. still waiting for rain.
    will take the jaket on my packrafting trip next week with me.

  • […] Golite Malpais Oh what should I say about this jacket. The weight was excellent and the own waterproof fabric was also ok. That’s it. Never had a jacket with such a bad cut. You could not really adjust the big hood. […]

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