Hey backcountry, some of us unfortunate little creeps are short. What's with all the 32" inseams? It seems to be this way for most the pants I look at on this website. I'd love to see more 30" inseam pant varieties. That being said, I've used backcountry several times before, and other than my little rant here, have nothing but good things to say about them.
I found this jacket for sale at backcountry.com. I thought it looked like a nice jacket for the price and I was right. This thing is pretty thin and light, it would be very easy to pack. Despite it's being thin it offers good protection from cool weather. For really cold situations it can be used as a mid layer. I think it also has zip-in integration for Columbia outer shells. This thing has a soft inner liner so it's comfy and warm right away. The fit is like a zip-up fleece coat. At 5'8" 148 lbs the small fits perfectly. Backcountry's service was good as always.
Super comfy jacket. I'm 5'8" 145 lbs and size small fits me perfect. I like this even better than my more expensive pumori jacket (and I really like my pumori jacket). Backcountry's service was great again.
I like to have lots of pockets for all the things I never carry on me... But if I wanted to, I could. This is why I was interested in the decagon. I use this jacket for colder rainy days, water beads really well off of it. It has a powder skirt and goggle/ipod pocket and would make a good ski/snowboard jacket though I imagine you'd want a decent midlayer underneath on the colder snow days. It's light enough to cram into a backpack (but would take most the space) it's more bulky than a plain windbreaker. This thing also has a soft liner on the chin area for when you need the hood. The only reason I rated this 4 stars out of 5 is the velcro on the hand pockets, it's an extra 2 seconds of hassle I shouldn't have to deal with (to get my hands past both velcro and zippers just to get into the pockets). As somebody reviewed before, zippers alone would have sufficed on the hand warmer pockets. Other than that this is a great jacket that with the proper layering can keep you warm in almost any weather.