I was a little wary of straying away from gore-tex and also from the "big name brands" like Patagonia, Arcteryx, North Face, etc. I took a chance on the Flylow Lab Coat to replace my old North Face gore text soft-shell ski jacket. I was pleasantly surprised.
The jacket is well made and fits me perfectly - a little loose is the way I like it, with plenty of room for layering. I am 6'2", 200 lbs and the XL fits great. The jacket has lots of pockets - and the interior pockets include two huge ones that you can stuff lunch into - awesome in a ski jacket. With all the pockets, you would think the jacket would be super heavy, but it is not. I would say it is on the light side considering all the features it has. The adjustable hood works great - with or without a helmet.
The material - Polartec Neoshell - is definitely more breathable than my gore tex soft shell - and more breathable than a 3-layer gore tex mountaineering shell I have. I wore it on a pretty warm day and was skiing some hard laps that would usually leave me damp inside my jacket. I was almost completely dry in the Flylow jacket. Awesome.
The material is kind of soft to the touch, yet seems pretty bomber. I also like the extra length in the back - I think it is about 1.5 inches longer in the back. The powder skirt is removable - which is great when you don't need it.
This is a great, high quality, high-performance jacket that I expect to last a long time. Highly recommended.
Definitely go for the 190s! I weigh a little more than you (6'2", 200 lbs), and I am older (57) - I just got the SFB in the 190 after trying the old wider model in the 184. These new ones are amazing - very agile and quick for a 108 width, easy turning and they also float in powder! They will become my every day ski. I think they are game changers - unless you only like to ski at mach 2 speeds. They are a super fun ski - even an old guy like me can enjoy them. I was worried about the almost center-mount position since I am used to a more traditional mount - not a problem! They felt great from the first run, even holding an edge pretty well on hard pack. Great ski.
This jacket delivers as promised. It is a no-frills jacket (three pockets, no pit zips, no fancy internal gizmo pockets) and it is superlight and packable. Even though light, the new goretex active shell seems pretty tough - especially compared to some other waterproof-breathable superlight materials I've seen.
I've done some hard uphill hiking in it and it seemed to breathe really well - at least as well as my goretex ski shell. The two main pockets are well placed, not too high like some of these technical shells.
This is a jacket you can make your go-to piece of mountain clothing for everything from backpacking trips to mountaineering adventures. The zippers and finish work seem top-notch. This is the jacket I've been looking for - under one pound and totally protective. Great product.
Upfront I have to say I am a novice whitewater paddler. Before the Seven 2 paddle, I was using a hand-me-down paddle - a basic model. This paddle has definite advantages. The hand grips really help me control the blade. But the biggest difference is the floatiness or buoyancy of the blades. I use a c to c roll, and having a buoyant blade helps the paddle get to and stay near the surface. It really boosts my confidence. I am very happy with this paddle.