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Very Versatile Hooded Softshell

I was looking for a very weather resistant, breathable, and great fitting hooded softshell for winter trekking, ice climbing and also casual wear. I've always been a Sierra Designs fan, so I gave the Vapor Hoody a try. This is one sweet piece of gear! It was my main protection on one recent hike where temps were about 15 degrees and some areas of the hike were exposed to 20mph winds. I found the jacket fit very well over a base layer and mid weight insulation piece, the sleeve length is awesome with a nice diameter cuff for fitting over gloves and the length of the jacket is super nice in that it's a bit longer, compared to most jackets in this class. Breath-ability was perfect and the face fabric seemed durable. Overall, I'm extremely impressed with this hooded softshell, and love the fusonic bonding of fabric technology (no seams!). I'm 6' 185lbs and the Large fits me great.

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Still going strong! The Vapor Hoody looks as good today as it did almost a year ago. Great piece of gear!

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Solid jacket, nice and wind/water resistant, and pretty breathable. However, the hood could use some work, in my opinion. I really like hoods that have both side and back adjustments, to create that nice gasket around the face. Hood is super roomy but the brim remains semi-floppy, even after the cinches are maxed out. Still an awesome jacket...