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Nice look, bad fit
I really liked the look of this jacket. I loved the colors. But I couldn't find any size that fit well at all. I am a pretty standard large in most other jackets, but I was swimming in this large. The Medium fit much better in the torso, but the sleeves were just slightly short. It is too bad I couldn't get the right fit, because I loved the pitzips.
I'm 5'10" and 210 lbs. What size should...
I'm 5'10" and 210 lbs. What size should I get? I don't mind having the arms shortened. I'm deciding between an XL and L. I don't want it to be too tight.
I'd go for the XL, especially if you don't want the jacket to be too tight!
I am debating between this, the Marmot...
I am debating between this, the Marmot Leadville, or the MHW Alchemy. I'm primarily looking for a fall/winter running jacket. Also looking to have a jacket I can wear around town, something that'll keep me warm but not too hot and heavy where I'll overheat or have to take it off once I go indoors. The Alchemy, in my opinion is a better built jacket than the Leadville but is too hot (and no ipod/mp3 pocket) and is stiffling indoors. The Leadville has the side panels for breathability but not as warm if standing idle. I haven't had a chance to test the Sharp Point. I believe it's as heavy as the Alchemy but lighter than the Leadville. I'm impressed that is has pit zips. Do they really help regulate body temp when running (usually do about 5 miles). Has anyone used it during the fall/winter months to go running and use it as a casual jacket. Any thoughts ...
The Sharp Point is my favorite all around soft-shell, but I could never see myself running in it. It is a large cut, burly, warm piece of clothing. The zips aid in dumping hear while hiking, but i really think its too warm a piece to run in. No matter the size of the zips, your back and arms will sweat and get the inside of the jacket moist. I took a quick look at the Leaadville description and comments, and while I have no experience with it, it sounds like a better choice for running/town, than the SP or Alchemy which i think would be too warm (unless your winters are way up north).
What type of winter conditions are you talking about running in. In 30's and 40's, I'll use the BC Rhime or Marmot DriClime. Below that, I'll just add thicker layers underneath those tops....a midweight wool top or maybe a polartec powerstretch fleece layer.
Size, Color, Warmth all great.
I am 6'3" and 194 lbs. Do I need a M or...
I am 6'3" and 194 lbs. Do I need a M or L? I am afraid the sleeves might be too short on a M but the L might fit too loose. My sleeve length is 35".
6', 35 sleeve, 34 waist, 42 chest....large is good. room to layer, but does not fit like a box. This is not a fitted jacket though. If you're looking for a very close fitting jacket, those made w polartec powershield tend to be cut more athletic due to the strechability of the material.
Very nice jacket. I went with the L originally but later swapped it for the M. I am 5'8" 190ish and the L fir well but the sleeves were long and there was plenty enough room to layer. Problem is I wanted this to be the layer so I went to the M. fit me perfect. Very warm jacket and handles water very well. Best windproof jacket I have had. pitzips are money as well.
this jacket was much warmer than I anticipated which is great because I do not have to wear as many layers. however, I have now added the Arc'teryx Gamma MX to the lineup cause it is thinner and not as warm. I use it in the fall/spring in warmer temps or for more aerobic activities. The Sharp Point is a solid choice for winter. I use it by itself mostly-I think I have put a shell on once.
Burnish / Raven is fugly
Great looking cut and fit. I'm 5'8" and about 190, broad shoulders and muscular build. Tried the MHW Alchemy in medium, and it's cut for very slender people. The Sharp Point in medium is a perfect fit on me, but the color is nasty. If it pops back up on SAC in the next few days, I'm going to get the blue or black, eat the freight, and return the brown. Otherwise I'll live with the one I have. The velcro on the cuffs lacks real bite, but shouldn't be a big problem. Initial quality looks great. Will probably be fall before it gets a real test. Another note about the color...looks like a much lighter khaki color on the screen whereas it's actually more like tan and brown. It would be a great color for my grandpa's golf bag or polyester draw string pants.
Of all the softshell jackets I've owned, worn, used, and abused...
... this one is the best. I've owned soft shells from the other major brands. Love this one most. Wind proof. Says water resistant, but it has NEVER leaked on me, and I live in Seattle. I use it as my ski jacket over only one layer of long underwear. It is deceivingly warm if you're active, which I love. Plus, the styling is pretty fashionable. I wear it almost 300 days a year, from out on the town, to the office, to the mountain, to the ski slops, to camping... you name it. Pit zips, chest pocket on the inside, rather than out... They honestly couldn't have done it better. 5'10, 180lbs, athletic cut - Medium was perfect. Do yourself a favor if you're shopping for soft shells, and pull the trigger on this one. You won't regret it.
I live in Flagstaff, AZ where the weather will turn on you in a blink of an eye. This jacket does it all from completely blocking the wind to keeping you dry in light rain. It has a good look to it and I rock it down town all the time. I am 5'8" and about 175 lbs and the large fits well. It seems that the sizing is all over the board but I think that the large fits me well because I have a long torso and broad shoulders. I get a little bag in the arms but it gives me the room to layer. I love all the features and think that the only down fall is the lacking of an exterior chest pocket but I think I'll live. I highly recommend this jacket if you are willing to pay the price. Great for the outdoors when you don't know what the weather will do.
This is a great jacket, lightweight, windproof, warm and looks good. Perfectly happy!
I trekked through Patagonia, which is notorious for its changeable weather. I tried to travel very light, but I felt compelled to take several jackets of various weights because I was concerned about the variability of climate. I needn't have, since this single item served just about every purpose. It's highly breathable, particularly when you can open the pit zips for additional ventilation, and served very well in moderate precipitation. It's a great item all around.
One jacket for most but the extreme situations
lets begin with one of my nightmares it fits me well, im 6'6" and the sleeves and body fit well, it looks good and has been really useful for anything from heavy rain in NY, windproof, as an outer layer while skiing in mild temperatures, as a mid layer when skiing in lower temperatures, it looks great on the office/city, ... i wasn't completely sold on it when i got it, but it has turned out to be a great jacket for most but the extremest situations
I've been using the jacket for a month...use it for Bike commuting. I like it...the windstopper is very good for that. I have not been in a rain yet, so I can't judge the water resistance in any real situation.
In is not a particularly warm jacket when worn by itself...but when used for its intended purpose as an outer layer with other clothes underneath, it works well. I don't notice the wind.
Good quality jacket; wrong fit.
This is a good jacket. The material in particular is super-comfortable and the craftsmanship is of good quality for the cost. However, I had to return the one I ordered because the although the fit around the shoulders was a lot more roomy than I needed, the sleeves weren't long enough for my arms. I am 6'1" 165lbs, with longish arms. Marmot makes great jackets but they're designed for thicker folks. I'd say go with a Mountain Hardwear if you have the tall and thin build as the fit is much better.
This is the most versatile jacket I've every used on the trail. I took it on a difficult trek through Patagonia and used it every day. My only comment is that the fit is a tiny bit on the large size. Otherwise, it was perfect. The windstopper fabric really did stop the relentless winds down there, but it was very breathable. The pit zips are convenient and they make it that much more adaptable to varied weather.
Best jacket ever
Now this is the jacket I have been looking for my entire life, you know what I mean. The Sharp Point is soft, stretchy, windproof, and looks good. The insulation is perfect with a base layer for weather in the 30âs. When I go running on 30 degree mornings I wear a long sleeve merino zip collar and use the pit zips and front zip to regulate heat. When fast hiking there is no moisture buildup, but when sweating profusely there will be some. I dont think I would go skiing or out in a downpour of rain, but it is definitely water resistant and windproof. I am 511 at 195lbs and broad shoulders and a large fits perfect with a little room to grow. I dont want to see summer this year because it means I will have to stop wearing this jacket.
One of the best softshells ever!
This softshell has every bell and whistle for a price that compares nicely to the competition. Only gripe is that is is a little baggy on me (Large, but i am 6'2", 175). The stretch is great and the pit zips are a lifesaver. Stowable hood could be a nice add on...like the Superhero.
Backcountry's Marmot Sharp Point says that...
Backcountry's Marmot Sharp Point says that the windstopper is"WindStopper Softshell." Marmot's website says this is "Gore Windstopper® Softshell." What is the difference.
they are trying to say the same thing I think. Both say that the jacket is made of windstopper material. Marmots website goes on to say that the jacket is also water resistant or water repellent. Hope that answers your question.
The company Gore (as in Gore-Tex) makes WindStopper brand fabric.
the tags that came on mine pretty much covered all the variations. Like Infra said-it's saying the same thing and it the windstopper is excellent!
nice jacket but not worth the $$$
Although this is a nice jacket due to its windproof and water repellent qualities, it is quite light and requires serious layering if you are normally a cold individual. Fleece lining is nice and soft and I like the inside pocket, and zippers all around feel great. I definitely would not have paid retail price for the jacket, and I still feel the price paid on sac was quite steep for this jacket.