Fantastic Initial Impressions
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have only just returned from a climbing/hiking trip, but given that I got this off BC around a week ago on what was (and, at the time of this review, still is) an incredible deal, I thought I should post with my decidedly positive first-use impression.
Without further ado, I will just go ahead and state that after crashing through bramble and thorny underbrush for around an hour while enduring a persistent rainstorm, I finally arrived at camp and took off the jacket to be as dry as I was when I first put it on. The waterproofing that this jacket has is superb, and although I would like to offer some sort of measure of comparison, this is my first true "rain jacket."
The jacket, while slightly fitted, does allow for some space underneath the jacket to layer perhaps a thinnish down jacket and a baselayer or something of the sort. I was able to wear a baselayer, a long sleeve shirt, and a fleece sweater underneath while maintaining a relatively developed and capable range of movement.
Also, the brimmed hood is extraordinary, though the one problem I had with it was that it didn't seem to want to sit farther back on my head, so the very top of my peripheral field of vision was limited at times, but that could be due to the fact that the elastic on the rear of the hood wasn't pulled tightly enough - like I stated prior, this is the impression I've been left with after just one use, so I have yet to really induce a firm, concrete opinion.
Finally, given the price I got it for ($140), I believe I got more than my money's worth. Mountain Hardware makes quality products time and again, and this one is no exception.