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I have only used this a few times, I got it then spring sort of went away and it got hot. Anyways great little windbreaker. When it was a chilly wind I would throw on my arm warmers on my bike rides and be good to go. It breaths really well. I have had many jackets where I get all sweaty because the jacket didn't breath. I went on a 40 mile with a lot of hills and it was prime. It sprinkled a little and I didn't get wet. The water rolled off. I was going DH in the light rain for about 20 minutes and did not get wet, this is with no weather proof on it so I was pretty happy.
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Note: this jacket comes with a stuff sack but also stuffs into the chest pocket which has 2-tab zipper. Also, it's just as water resistant as Houdini, Cirrus, and Luminous jackets.
Great jacket. Feels more substantial than Rab Cirrus, Stoic Luminous or Pat. Houdini (see my reviews of them too). It is light, packs down tiny, has drawcord hem, and is as waterproof as the others. Unlike all the others, the cuffs open very wide (for gloves?) and are adjustable with rip-n-stick. It only has one chest pocket. I couldn't adjust the hood so that the visor didn't come down too far over onto my face.
I'm 5'7", 36D-30-39, broad shoulders, long arms... The Large is roomy enough for underlayers, but not too big. I can pull the cuffs to my middle knuckles! (but they stay nicely at wrist). If you have thick arms, this is the one for you... roomiest sleeves of all the windshells I tried.
(I also wear L in Houdini 2011 and Rab Cirrus)
HOW TO DECIDE?
Stoic Luminous if you don't want a hood and have normal/narrow shoulders and hourglass hips. Has hand & media pockets. Stuffs into pocket.
Rab Cirrus if cargo pockets are important to you. Has stuff sack.
Patagonia Houdini if the hood is critical and pockets aren't. One stuff pocket.
Aero60 if you want adjustable cuffs and don't need pockets. Stuff sack and stuff pocket.
Norrona is one of my favorite outdoor brands, and this jacket did not let me down. I test drove it on Mount Washington on a day that was 55 degrees at the upper elevations with a 20 mph wind. The jacket did a great job of keeping the wind out while breathing enough to keep me from overheating under a sunny sky. I also tried it out in a drizzle and it was serviceable for a short time, but don't expect to use it as a rain jacket. The blue color is lovely and it comes with a stash pouch. It is quite light and thin but not insubstantial or see-through. I do have one criticism which accounts for the 4 instead of 5 star rating. The sleeves are a little long (I'm 5'9" with long arms) and wide and the fit is not quite as flattering as some of my other Norrona products, but this does allow for layering and mobility. I might have tried a smaller size but the hem of the large was just right around my 39" hips.
I love this jacket! I bought it a little bigger just to be safe and i like for my jackets to be a little big and not small and uncomfortable...so i got a large and its pretty warm when i put on a cotton jacket from Hollister underneath it. When i get to hot i just take it off and the Norrona jacket is just right.....If you are looking for like a 60 or 70 degree( in the moutains) wheather light jacket this would be the one.... very thin but you cant see through it too much.
I love this jacket! I bought the green over a year ago. Warning it is bri-ight! My friends joke that they would never lose me on the trail. I use it backpacking/hiking and even around town. It is super effective as a windbreaker and after I sprayed mine down it is moderately water resistant (But definitely not waterproof, will not stand up to all day downpour). Incredibly lightweight and packs down to nearly nothing, ideal for fair-weather backpacking. The sleeves are longer than your average jacket, which I enjoy, with my gorilla arms. Note that the sizes fit according to the sizing chart, but might be a tad different than other brands. Would give it 5 stars if it was slightly more water resistant.
Can you ship this to Australia?
When I look at "brands we cannot ship outside the US", Norrona is listed as "can ship only to US, Canada and Australia". But when I try to order this, I am told it is only available for US and Canada shipment. Can you clarify?
You can chat online with a Backcountry rep and they also can take orders through chats. This way you can be sure whether this ships to Australia or not.
The previous reviewer likened this Norrona to the Patagonia Houdini in terms of breathability, but does anyone know how it compares in regards to water resistance? Does it have a DWR finish like the Houdini? Also, does this jacket pack down into the chest pocket?
In gist, this jacket functions only as a feather-weight windbreaker for running. Breathable but not water-proof, nor stated as water-resistant.
The Aero60 has been primarily designed as a windbreaker (from Norrona's product page - "Recycled lightweight, breathable all-weather wind shelter"). The Aero60's fabric material has been designated as windbreaking while being breathable (60Mbar/l/m2/s) at the same time. The Houdini does not state its breathability rating so one can't compare it specifically, though.
There is no mention of water-resistance like DWR applications for this fabric (although Norrona's higher grade wind-resisting fabric, the Aero100, has been cited as water-repellant). The Houdini is layered with Patagonia's Deluge DWR.
Both are lightweight, with the Patagonia being lighter at 4 oz, compared to the Aero60 at 5.6 oz.
Only the Aero100 series have been designed to be packed into its chest pockets.
For truly waterproof-ness, look at Norrona's "dri1-dri3" series (although the pricing is comparable to Gore-tex pac-lite jackets from other brands).
I wrote the review below last year. Since then, I still haven't been able to take it out when it's raining. But just now, as a test, I ran the jacket under the shower (light flow), it immediately wet through, there was no sign of water beading up. So I don't think it has any DWR on it. However, keep in mind that you can always apply after market DWR to the Bitihorn, and it'll achieve similar results as the Pati's Deluge.
The Bitihorn does come with a small stuff sack, about the size of a softball.
It'll be a tough call between the Bitihorn and the Houdini. Style-wise, this season Patagonia has a new Gecko Green color which looks pretty good, although it doesn't have the flashy contrasting colored zipper as the Bitihorn does. Weight-wise, the Houdini is lighter weight compared to the Bitihorn, by an ounce or so. Fit-wise, the Bitihorn has much longer arms than the Houdini. So if you rank how each of these factors in terms of importance, maybe a decision can be made.
Good luck and let us know what you decide on and why :-)
Just got the jacket last week and immediately took it out for a test run today. We hiked the Grizzly Peak from the top of the Loveland Pass in Colorado. At 12,000 feet, Loveland Pass is extremely windy though not cold this time of the year. Grizzly Peak is at 13,427, and the trail has many very steep ups and downs which makes the hike a very aerobic exercise. The temperature was around mid-70s today. Although the sun was shining, I immediately felt the wind chill as soon as the hike started. After putting on the Aero, I felt the windy was effectively cut down by the jacket. With only a single short sleeve shirt underneath, the jacket / shirt combination kept me very comfortable. Although the elevation gain and loss was quite a lot on this hike, I didn't sweat a single drop. This is really owing to the breathability of the jacket. It blocks the right amount of wind to make you not feel cold and at the same time letting some through to keep you from sweating. It also has a very functional hood - I had a baseball cap on and the hood effectively covers the cap w/o feeling tight. Not sure about water resistancy yet since it didn't rain on the trip. For sizing, be sure to use Norrona's sizing chart. It's very accurate. Keep in mind that the sleeves are about an inch longer than the US brand jackets, although I didn't mind. So far I am very happy with the jacket and plan to use it as my primary soft shell for 3-season hiking and backpacking trips. I only hope the durability won't be an issue. Oh the apple green color is awesome. Unlike the Patagonia Houdini or the like, this jacket is not semi-translucent, and it looks way better than the pati.