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Gear Review

5 5

Excellent jacket

So far, so good are my thoughts on this jacket. I bought this to have something heavier and durable (with a hood) to wear snowboarding. I've only worn it to the hill one day but it performed superbly. I was warm, protected and I love the pockets on this jacket. Despite falling down all day (I'm a beginner snowboarder) I was warm and dry underneath this jacket. Another good thing to note is I wasn't cold on the ride home. Usually I tend to sweat a lot while snowboarding which results in being cold in the car on the drive home. This time I was nice and toasty the whole way.
I've also worn it hiking- I do fieldwork for a living and I've worn this a few times. It was maybe 20 degrees out the day I first wore it hiking. I layered pretty heavily underneath it (a habitat of mine because you just never know how cold or warm you'll get), wearing a long sleeve thermal baselayer, a breathable t-shirt and a wool sweater. I could have fit a thin fleece on too if I wanted more layers. The jacket kept me very warm and a few miles into the hike when I was starting to sweat I used the pit zips. Excellent. Definitely a great jacket for both the hill and other outdoor activities.
A side note too is that it's very flattering. Even when I feel (or look) like the abominable snowman outside with all my layers or snowboard gear, this jacket still looks great while keeping a girl warm. I'm about 5'7 with broad shoulders and I bought a large. It's a little bit but I'd rather have more room than feel claustrophobic in my jacket.