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5 5

Pretty slick

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've worn 3 generations of the compressor and this one is by far the best. Its so warm that I really haven't found the "go to" use for it yet. I use it under my hardshell and at camp while everything else is drying out. the medium fit well, a little snug in the shoulders, but its not a concern since I most likely won't be climbing in this jacket. The hood on this version is slightly larger than previous versions but still not large enough to comfortably fit over a helmet, but the hood isn?t bulky so it fits well under a climbing helmet. The large was much larger and didn't hug my body well enough to keep me warm. Some may call the fit athletic, the jacket is cut slim and straight and does not cater to us V back individuals. (175#, 5/11, 41" chest, 31" waist) ordered the medium, very happy with the fit, enough room for my baselayer (250) or a light fleece without looking bloated. Its smooth, low profile and doesn?t hang below my Arc Alpha SV. It breaths well, and capable of being warn comfortably in warmer temps, and will save your butt when the mercury drops. the jacket also stops quite a bit of wind and repels snow well?standing outside in 60kph winds with blowing ice/snow was as tolerable as it sounds. As another reviewer mentioned, the radiance is really a yellow with a blue liner. very disappointing mountain hardwear makes great gear, but their colors really suck. This isn?t your typically wear around town jacket, is a performance piece designed specifically to layer under a shell. Its also a nice piece to have during the shoulder seasons when unexpected cold snaps come in.

I haven?t had any issues with the fabric, its tougher than it appears, but not bullet proof.