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Gear Review

4 5

Great Jacket at 140 even better at 90

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

When I first got this jacket I noticed how much thicker it was than my Marmot soft shell. I liked how it fit, how it looked and the Omni heat stuff worked. I took it with me to work the next day with just a normal T shirt on. It was about 36 maybe 40 at times and I was really cold in this jacket! It blocked the wind and rain but I was still cold. After putting on some layers I felt a lot better.
I wasn?t doing much moving around at the time and it was a little cold for just a soft shell. I tried again today in little warmer temps (45ish) and it worked great. I was busy all day pulling ropes, walking around, and keeping my body heat up. The Omni heat really did the trick with just a T shirt on underneath it kept me warm but not to warm, dry in the PNW rain, and didn?t let any wind through. Today I really put it to the rain/wind test and it passed with flying colors!
I got an XL in the brown (I love the color), I have a big barrel chest, a small beer gut and I weigh in at around 230. The tail fits all the way down and the sleeves fit a little long which I like. The pockets are really warm and inviting.
I think the 1st time I used it, it was a little too cold for just a soft shell. The only down side to this jacket and my body type is that the armpits seem to ride a little high. After having it for 48 hours and wearing it all day to day I didn?t seem to notices as much. Don?t know if it stretched or just got use to it.
I think this jacket would be great for anyone who is looking for a really good all around soft shell. This jacket fits great and is true to the size, it looks good so you can wear it around town and on the trail.