- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
After a long search, I finally found the ski jacket I was looking for. I thought the Patagonia Powder Bowl was going to be the answer, but it ended up having some serious functional flaws. On the other hand, this OR jacket seems to have been designed with functional requirements in mind.
1) the shell is adaptive and moves well with your body
2) the hood fits over my RED Avid helmet easily, allows me to zip up the collar, and provides a bit of head movement
3) has all the usual tech: fully taped seams, water resistant zippers, down, removable powder skirt, etc.
4) bonus: removable built-in balaclava
5) seems like it's configured to allow you to "batten down the hatches" on a cold snowy day, or stay cool on a warm day if you just wear a base-layer, unzip everything, and remove components (balaclava, snow skirt)
In my opinion the jacket has a great cut. It doesn't pull on my shoulders, but still conforms to my frame. It's also very cozy; I feel like I'm wearing a hoodie. I tried the grey color on and liked it, but ended up getting the blue instead.
As I was reading jacket reviews for Outdoor Research, Patagonia, Mountain Hardware, etc., I found this criteria from a reviewer on the Patagonia site: I want to "put [the jacket] on and forget that I am wearing it". The Stormbound jacket meets this requirement 100% and remains fully functional, so I highly recommend it.
5'11" 145lbs with broad shoulders: size small (medium was too baggy, small is just right)