Before I add my thoughts on this product I would just like to say that Backcountry is awesome and their service is exceptional.
Now as for the jacket. I could go on a long-winded rant here but I will just give you the skinny. This jacket arrived last night, it was rainy and 40 degrees...the perfect night to try out this jacket on short bike ride. It was flawless in every sense, I loved it and went much further than expected because I was bone dry and comfortable. At this point I was prepared to write up a 4.5/5 star review on my cycling product review blog...until I got home and couldn't find my keys. Long story short, I was locked out of my apartment, the offices were closed and I didn't bring my phone because of the rain. So why blame this jacket? Well, the only pocket on the entire jacket had a hole in it. To make matters worse, the hole was on the side of the pocket (rather than the bottom), meaning the keys wouldn't have fallen out right away (around my garage) but instead they would have fallen out anywhere along my roughly 15mile bike ride. Since I was locked out of my apartment I re-rode my trip and had no success finding them. Once I returned home and was let inside by my neighbors, I cleaned up and headed out on foot for the first 2-3 miles, then attacked my search in my car for the portion further out. By shear luck I located my keys about 6 miles from home in the middle of an intersection in the dark of night.
I must say I loved this jacket for every second I had it on until I recognized it abandoned my keys (house, garage, mailbox and high-security related work key). Something as simple as a 1 inch hole in the pocket of this jacket nearly forced my employer to re-key their entire building and locked me out of my house.
Maybe this deserves a better review but it ruined my night and gave me a serious scare. I can't bring myself to give this jacket a positive review even though I would be raving about it if not for the key incident.
I have owned the standard Black Iridium Polarized before and really liked them (until I damaged them). After ordering what I believed to be the same lenses I somehow received the "OO Black Iridium Polarized" which bares little resemblance in color to the non-"OO" model. The "OO" is similar to the Black Ir. VR28, the lens look mostly grey but while wearing them they appear very brown. Somewhat disappointed in Oakley for making the names so similar and calling a brown lens "black."
Back Country was very helpful to inform me of these differences and processed an exchange for my intended purchase: "Black Iridium Polarized" (oakley's model with the least light transmission).
Bought these buggers for my rainy day cycle-commuting and they work fantastic. Today was my first opportunity to try them and in a steady rain fall me-bum was dry-as-a-whistle, sharp-as-a-thistle. These are extremely lightweight which will be great for those warmer days and they are a semi-athletic fit (still a bit baggy but less so than most brands). I bought a small @ 6'1" 32"-inseam and they are perfect except a bit short when riding/knee bending.
Don't hesitate to buy these awesome pants, you will not regret it!