I own just about every soft shell out there from just about every manufacturer. For the most part, unless you are a committed, top notch, person, these jackets are a complete waste.
This jacket though is what 99% of the populace needs. It provides needed wind break, sun break, and insect break.
I I used it in DC when the sun disappeared and it rained for ten minutes straight in Arlington National Cemetry. Then I pulled it off and stowed it back in my pocket.
Then I used it as a fanny pack. Twirled up my small purchase and knotted the jacket around my waist.
I have been at the beach getting beat to death by the sun and put this thing on. Viola', no sunburn.
I have been in the mountains on a rest break getting bombed by mosquitos. Whipped this jacket out of pocket pulled it on and no more bother.
I was waiting on the top of an 11,000 foot peak for my partner after a trail run to the top. I was getting cold. Whipped out this hidden jacket and was warm, shielded from the sun, and the damn biting horse flies.
This jacket is it. I stuff it in my pack, I am 52 years old, for my bike ride to my office.
Oh yeah, I have been on a sunny beach, windy, in the 80's and feeling the sun burn me to a crisp. Pulled out my sky blue Houdini, and no more sun worries. Also, no sticky, smelly sun screen smeared all over me.
This jacket is a wonderful piece of travel clothing.
Good bye to sun screen and insect repellent, as long as I have this jacket.
The best color. Sky blue. Guys, I know. Sky Blue? Seriously, it is a manly color the way Patagonia did it.
Only $125.00. Now, can I return the closet of soft shells I own that promised this and at three times the price?
The best product I have owned in years.