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It's a bluebird day and you're getting ready for a ski touring session, which means the Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Men's Softshell Jacket is the first thing you grab. It's designed to keep you warm and dry during high-intensity activities like ski touring and alpine climbing, with Schoeller softshell fabric that offers enough warmth to keep you comfortable, the stretch to let you move freely, and the water-repellence to make short work of dry snow and light drizzle. The fabric is also incredibly durable and breathable and repels dirt and oil so you won't get ripped, sweaty, or filthy.

A slim fit pulls the Dawn Patrol close to your body in order to retain more warmth and reduce bulk, while the high collar and hook-and-loop cuffs seal out drafts while you're traversing ridges and skinning through the trees. The internal media pocket has a headphone port so you can listen to music if you spend a day inbounds or strolling around town, and the Dawn Patrol's soft brushed backing feels like a million bucks against your skin if you throw your jacket on over a t-shirt for a casual fall stroll.

  • Schoeller stretch-woven softshell with Nanosphere technology
  • Soft brushed backing fabric
  • Tall collar with drawcord gasket
  • Hook-and-loop cuffs
  • Drawcord hem
  • Zippered chest and hand pockets
  • Internal drop-in pockets and media pocket with cord port
  • Low-profile fit

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4 5

Stupid sizing - but a good jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

This jacket has everything I wanted. It's a great hoodless technical softshell. It's well made, heavier than a wind jacket, but softer, more mobile and more comfortable than a hard shell. So why only two stars? Black Diamond has decided to size their jackets for small-framed people and as such they've cut me out of their market. I'm 6' tall 190 lbs with a 34" waist and wear a 44 or 46 in a suit jacket. I'm not out of shape. This Jacket in XL does not fit my arms or shoulders in any way that would allow good movement and certainly wouldn't allow for any kind of layering. They don't make the jacket to fit me. I really loved this jacket and am confounded by BD's market strategy. I guess BD has no interest in me as a customer. Frustrating.

If anyone can recommend an alternative hoodless softshell that has everything this jacket has but actually fits someone not built like an elf, let me know.

(added later)
So I'm revising my above review. As I said I really liked this jacket and wanted it. After looking at other hoodless softshells (Arc's Gamma MX (thanks Johnathan) the Marmot Gravity and others, I just kept wishing this jacket worked for me. So I went to the Backcountry warehouse with the wife and some laying clothes to see how it fit and get her opinion. While the jacket fits snug in the shoulders and arms, with normal clothing, the wife thought it looked fine. I also tried it with a light fleece and it was okay too. It was very tight with a thicker fleece and with a down sweater on it was pretty crazy tight. The wife convinced me that most the time it would work and that she thought it looked good. So I bought it.
I wore it skiing on a nice spring ski day and it was great. It was a windy day and blocked wind well. It was also warm but not too warm for a spring slushy ski day, it also kept me dry considering how wet the snow was. If you open the chest pockets they work as vents pretty well (no pit vents).
So I'm upgrading to four stars and accepting that it can't do it all. But buyers should be aware that it's got a trim fit and fits kind of small for size. As such it's not well suited for extreme cold because there's just not room for much layering.

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Try Arc's Gamma MX. It's the standard in all-around softshells. The shoulders and arms are generous but the waist is still athletic. I own three of them. They're superb.

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I got this jacket in red an XL (on sale only size available) and it fits great. I can layer a Nano puff under it, the high collar is warm, sleeves are long enough for my 34 arms. I am 6'2" 190 lbs.

Best of all it's genuine Schoeller fabric , which wears like iron; not windstopper.

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A bit concerned from the other comments - I bought an XL, and at my size (6'4", 227 pounds, 38" waist, 37 inch arms, 18" neck, I bet it's going to be too snug too be comfortable - am accustomed to baggier snowboard-styled hardshell clothing and concerned this BD gear is going to be like compression stuff on me, even with just base layers underneath.

What is the center back length of a medium? 

Will the sleeve lining grip or slid across an under layer?