Great versatile GoreTex Jacket
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have owned this jacket for 2 years now and I find it extremely versatile. I find it is slightly thicker than other rain shells, which I prefer. I think it allows the jacket to be used in more weather conditions than just rain.
I live in Florida. It rains a lot and it is also quite hot. This jacket will unquestionably get hot if it was worn in the summer months in the South. It has pit zips for ventilation to help alleviate overheating. But, the rain usually doesn't last more than 30 minutes at a time in FL. I have taken this to the Bahamas while sailing from Ft. Lauderdale and it worked flawlessly in the rough sea conditions. I just recently took it to New Zealand on many of their tracks and the Routeburn Great Walk and it was money. I have also used this as a ski jacket at Loveland, CO and Mt. Rose, Lake Tahoe in Jan/Feb time frame. It has a pull cord on the bottom to adjust to your waist to help retain heat in the winter, too. As long as you have the proper layers underneath, I find this shell to be awesome all year round.
I have 2 minor complaints. 1. The hood adjustment in the back is velcro and doesn't work hardly at all. Not that big of a deal and I think newer models have a pull-chord, so it's not a deal breaker. 2. They run a little big. I am 6'4" 190lbs. The sleeves are slightly long and it is a little baggy, especially the hood (hence the hood Velcro complaint) I probably could easily get away with the L. Although, the XL allows me to layer underneath comfortably during the winter months. Otherwise, this is one of my most heavily used pieces of gear.