Matthew Spencer

Matthew Spencer

Blue Ridge Mountains

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Matthew Spencer

Matthew Spencer wrote a review of on January 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used this anorak mainly for cold weather cycling so far and it has done a great job of cutting the wind and keeping me warm. I havent been in any type of precipitation yet, but Im sure it will at least keep me from getting soaked. In regards to the weight; well you cannot beat it. There is nothing lighter on the market to my knowledge. This jacket would be great for a number of activities including UL Backpacking. My only concern with the jacket is durability.The fabric is very lightweight which decreases durability therefore increasing the possibility of tears and simple snags to become a huge problem. I also find the zipper to be a bit sketchy since if it ever gets stuck on the fabric it might tear it. Overall, I would highly recommend this jacket if you are in the UL rain/wind protection department or just looking to get a very lightweight windbreaker for running, cycling (mainly because since Mtn Hardwear isnt a cycling or running brand this jacket is cheaper than a lot of those "pure" sport's brands)...

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Matthew Spencer

Matthew Spencer wrote a review of on September 7, 2012

4 5

Use this whenever its snowing or raining and so far it has done a very good job. At times it does get a little hot inside but the pit zips can usually eliminate that. One thing I have noticed is water runs straight off the jacket, gets caught on the bottom edge, then drips on my shorts/pants. I dont know if that is a design flaw or not, but it is the one con I have noticed.

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Matthew Spencer

Matthew Spencer wrote a review of on December 8, 2011

5 5

Amazing pack. Has enough pockets and straps for everything you desire to attach and or put inside the pack. Padding is great and very comfortable on the trails after miles of hiking. The only downside is the small water pouches on the side. Smaller water bottles are fine in them but larger ones require a bit more effort to get in and out. This is a perfect pack for those who want help lightening their loads. Being a smaller pack it is usually used for weekend trips but can easily be used for longer trips. For longer trips the less space will help you pack only the essentials and light weight items. As for weight of the pack itself, I find it to be a lot lighter than other options of the same volume. Osprey has always made great packs, this is another.

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Matthew Spencer

Matthew Spencer wrote a review of on December 8, 2011

4 5

I have always loved products from Marmot. This one is my favorite jacket over my fleece and hard shells. It breathes amazing. It doesn't provide much warmth but neither do most soft shells. Light water resistant and completely wind-proof. Hood fits amazing and sizing is slender and closer to body than most other jackets which is good for keeping wind drafts out.

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