I picked up one of these earlier in the year on sale for $60, thinking for that price it didn’t matter if the jacket didn’t perform or last long.https://www.mountaindesigns.com/womens- ... 8480-black
Been pleasantly surprised so far. Kept me nice and dry on the GOW recently and the pit zips worked a treat.
No chest pocket or internal pocket which almost stopped me buying the jacket. One feature I do like, however are the several Velcro tabs adjacent to the zip plus a snap button at the bottom. Using these I can quickly do up the jacket prior to putting the pack on - ensures the jacket stays in place - and then easily undo if necessary without having to fiddle with the zipper around a hip belt.
The pocket openings are a tiny bit smaller than I’d like, getting my phone in and out was a tiny bit awkward occasionally. It’s an iPhone XS(?) so not overly big.
Hood has a small peak which is not stiffened, I still wore a cap underneath. The hood was comfy and not annoying.
No signs of abrasion from the pack. Overall I’m pretty happy so far.