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Big Sky, MT
This is an amazing jacket. It fits very well and doesn't give me the football player look that Arcteryx jackets give me. The pockets inside and out are great, with lots of place to store things. I wouldn't really consider it a soft shell, I would put it in the technical shell category. The only issue I noticed was the hood isn't helmet compatible, which is weird for a jacket recommended for skiing.
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Excellent Quality At A Good Price
This is a very well made jacket, especially at this price. Getting the right fit was pretty tricky for me. I ordered a medium initially so there would be plenty of room for layering but there was no need. I'm 5'5", 113 lbs with 26" waist and 34.5" hips. In my opinion the sleeves on the jacket are disproportionately long so I ended up with an XS whereas I would probably have gone with the small had the sleeves not been SO long. The XS is a good fit though, still with plenty of room for a base layer plus a fleece if needed. It is a little snug at the hips but overall I am very happy with it. Plenty of pockets inside and out for all the essentials and a very cute fit for wearing off the slopes.
Hey gear heads--do you have another Cloudveil...
Hey gear heads--do you have another Cloudveil order coming in this season? I received this jacket for Christmas and would like to exchange it for a different color if it comes back in stock. Thanks for your help...
Cloudveil Women's RPK Jacket - Fall 2005
This is the Cloudveil Women's RPK Jacket from the '05-'06 season, and the current one is really similar.
Cloudveil RPK Jacket
The Cloudveil RPK Jacket is my every day ski jacket for my 100+ day ski season, mostly in-bounds. I had a previous version of this jacket, and after 3 seasons the zipper started separating from the bottom too frequently. I sent it back to Cloudveil all faded and worn, and they sent me a gift card to get a new one. I just got this year's version in Tempest, size medium. I'd say the Tempest is a bit lighter in the flesh than in the picture. I'm a pretty big fan of the color, and have already gotten a few complements on it. I'm 5'5", 135 lbs., about 35" chest diameter with slightly broader than average shoulders, and the medium is a good fit for me. My original jacket held up incredibly well after 300 or more days of skiing, and while my jacket was rather faded, the Gore Tex was still keeping me perfectly dry. The newer version has "body-mapping" light thin fleece lining on the back, which I'm not a huge fan of, but I can live with it. Other than that, it's more or less the same. It's sized to fit layers underneath, and I can wear a synthetic jacket/sweater underneath on really cold days. The main thing I would change about this jacket is make the pit zips longer, as they're rather short. Other than that, I'd say it's a really well made, durable jacket that is a great blend of function and good looks.
GoreTex Soft Shell is not...
...a soft-shell like Schoeller or Powershield, but a hardshell material with a very light fleece backing. Just to clarify somebody's misinformation.