After seeing my boyfriend's new Mountain Hardware jacket and starting to feel the weather coming through the 10-year-old North Face I decided it was time for a new jacket. Saw this pop up on S&C and snagged it. Holy cow, it's amazing!
I never imagined that my old jacket was actually hindering my performance but now I do. Talk about freedom of movement. This thing is so comfy!!!
Skied a full day in some gnarly rain and wind and my upper body was PERFECTLY dry and warm.
Did some bootpacking and very technical skiing last weekend and, even without opening the vents, I was comfy on the way up and down - no sweatyness on the up or chilliness on the down.
I usually keep my hood down, but I do like this over-helmet fit. It definitely helps in the crazy weather. My only complaint is that when going fast it seems to catch air and get tight around the throat. Going fast + can't breath = no good. There is an adjustment so maybe I just need to fix that.
Pockets are good-sized and the waterproof zippers work pretty well. No weird seams rubbing under a big pack. SUPER light and packable. I got my standard top size and it fits perfectly, not baggy but plenty of room for layers. The red/pink on the black is way nicer in person. I'm not a pink person but the vibrant dark-pink pop is nice on a plain black shell.
Very well made and, despite the light weight, it seems durable. Only time will tell of course.
Buy it! This is a great deal on a smokin' jacket.
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