Comfortable! Not for serious climbing.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
Put this jacket on at a local retailer and upon realizing it was 50% off, walked right out the door with it. I found the stretch panels and athletic fit of the jacket combined with the relatively light weight made it incredibly comfortable. Unfortunately, it has rather limited use. It's basically a mid layer that can do some outer layer duty in the very mild conditions. The stretch panels allow a lot of wind into the jacket, thus, it's not the best jacket to sit around in the cold with (the patagucci nanopuff is much warmer due to the lack of air permeable stretch panels). The lack of hood means you're going to want another layer on if the weather gets a little nasty (who wouldn't want a hood?!!?!). Thermic Micro is not as efficient an insulater as Primaloft One (but it is cheaper!). For these reasons, it probably wont make it into the alpine climbing pack. However, it's a perfect mid layer under a shell for very cold days skiing and can be a nice addition any time comfort is more important than weather resistance. If this had a hood, it would likely go everywhere with me and be my go to alpine climbing jacket in cold weather with one additional belay parka in the pack. Unfortunately, as it is, it's too permeable to be the only jacket in the pack and the lack of hood means it isn't versatile enough to wear as my main action layer in cold weather. Well, it's so comfortable, I couldn't leave it on the shelf, so into the fancy resort ski clothes bin it goes...