Good versatile jacket
I bought this jacket before I knew about any of its features. I mainly got it for the removable hood and Windstopper fabric. I live in Georgia and it does not rain often, but the winters do get cold. I needed a jacket with a removable hood and would stop the strong gusts of wind whenever they do appear. I also wanted something that could be used casually as well as be versatile enough for most weather conditions.
This softshell jacket is great for moderate aerobic activity, mainly because of the gussets on the underarm area. It seems to breathe alright but I have not done anything strenuous in it yet. The shell material is amazing and feels softer than other soft shells. Even the wrist adjustments are soft. It is mildly water repellant. In a downpour, this jacket will get wet. In light drizzles, the water will bead up. A thing to note is that the hood is made of hard shell material. The Windstopper fabric does a very good job of keeping out winds. However, I think it may only be wind proof up to perhaps 20-30 mph. This may be because the seams are not taped.
The removable hood is a great feature since this jacket can double as a casual jacket. However, because the hood can be tucked into the collar (which is also a handy feature), it makes the collar look very bulky. This does not bother me.
There are 4 pockets total: 2 hand warmers, 1 Napoleon chest, and 1 inside. These are very handy. Note that because of the pockets, this jacket was probably meant to be used as an outer layer for access to essentials.
And speaking of layers, this jacket can be used as a mid-layer or an outer layer. If used as an outer layer, it can keep you warm by itself until perhaps high 30s F. Any lower and you will need a mid-layer. A 3 layer system with the Super Hero is perfect because the Super Hero does a good job of retaining heat while breathing out moisture.
The fit is great. I'm 5'5", slim athletic build and the arms do go past my wrists by an inch. It has a trim cut and I particularly liked this because I wanted a jacket that did not look bulky. A jacket that can keep me warm and look like I'm not wearing much is always a good thing.
All in all, this jacket is good for what it does. It retains heat, is water resistant, is nearly windproof, and allows for aerobic activity. It does has its limits and knowing what they are will help you enjoy the jacket even more. Like most softshells, it's a versatile jacket that doesn't really excel in any one area, but with the right layering system and planning, you can take this almost anywhere.
Perfect for these conditions:
-Mildly cold to very cold (must use mid-layer)
-On Snow, but not snowing. Do not fall down either.
Most important features:
-Drawstrings on all extremities to keep out drafts and retain heat