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Gear Review

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Meh

Meh, for the money (particularly on sale) it's not a bad shell and has its uses, but I'm not so crazy about this one. I don't really buy into the idea that mixing a windproof but not very breathable material with very breathable but not very windproof panels somehow gives you the best of both worlds. Why not the worst of both worlds? I have found that it breathes pretty well, but the price for that is wind penetration while hanging from ski lifts in cold winds. This jacket makes more sense for touring and other aerobic activities in more wind-protected areas, but I think there are better choices for those applications.

I find that the fit runs quite long and roomy. I'm 6'1" 185 lbs and the Large is all around quite long and loose. Not really a problem as it leaves room for layers and is comfortable enough, but it's probably the roomiest Large of any shell I've ever owned.

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I agree...waste of money if you are expecting windstopper...sent mine back...no regrets.

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Yup. Not a good choice for sitting on a windy ski lift. Not really a resort jacket at all. Better for backcountry use.

Not breathable to use on the uptrack (unless you're going at a very mellow pace). I find it most useful as a shell to put on afterwards. The breathability allows my sweat to dry out nicely. But still windproof enough to keep me warm.