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bobp78246 wrote a review of on November 9, 2012

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This jacket does what it's supposed to - stop wind. I don't deny that, and it's nice, but the jacket really doesn't provide much warmth. A fleece is warmer, and a softshell is more weatherproof. This jacket CAN work as a mid-layer, but really its fit is much more of a shell. And it doesn't work as a shell - yeah, water would bead a bit, but it won't handle weather as well as some softshells might. I can't return mine anymore, but it's taken a lot of convincing myself not to sell the thing and put the money to a warmer fleece or a more weatherproof softshell. I wouldn't spend my money on this again.

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bobp78246 wrote a review of on November 9, 2012

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These pants are not good for activity in anything except the coldest weather, I believe. True, I haven't tried them out in the coldest weather, but I have been climbing in them and they do not breathe well. They are NOT softshell pants with a fleece liner, they are fleece pants with a softshell exterior. I wouldn't use these for 3 season use - only for cold winter (which isn't why I got them).

THAT being said, they are very comfortable, and I really can't bring myself to return them because I think there's probably no better pants for keeping me warm on a midnight run to my college library in winter. But honestly: you can get comfy pants for less than $80.

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