Steven E. wrote a review of Mountain Equipment Bastion Jacket - Men's on June 12, 2015
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
I've owned Arc'teryx Atom LT (older model, no zipper guard or hood adjustment) for years now and wanted a replacement. Was going to get an updated version but saw the Bastion on BC. <br ></article>Ticked many of the boxes for me, similar use-style, cut, a tad bit more insulation, and Windproof, including the side panels. I've not put it through its paces yet as I just got it so I can' speak to its warmth or breathability but both seem like they will be up to snuff. Given the weight of insulation, i think it'll be quite warm. Looking forward to testing it out in the wind. <br />Fit: Size L, my specs are in the question post below. I think the fit is just right for my frame. Cut is trim so there isn't too much space in the body, has cinch chord at the bottom to tighten things up, back side length is a little bit longer than the front for more protection, pockets are nice and big, placed well and have handwarmer fleece inside, and the hood is a great size for use without a helmet. Cinches for the hood are internal, which i like, and you can fold the hood to form a high standing collar, which I really like (there is a velcro strap on the inside that attaches to its surrogate on the back to keep the collar in place). I like a tall collar, lets me hunker down to stay protected, especially in wind. Has a european zipper on the left side, you get used to it so no worries there. Cuffs are nice, similar to the Atom, except the smooth cuff doesn't go completely around, the bottom side has an elastic cuff style, works just as well, you can see it in the picture I think. Lastly the arm length is great, maybe even a touch long, but I'd rather have that than coming up short.<br />Also came with a stuff sack, haven't used it yet but it looks fairly small and will be really useful.<br />Overall, I think this will be a great replacement for my Atom, which I love but it hardly ever goes on sale. Truth be told I tried this out because it was on sale but now that I have it in hand, I'd pay full price for it, and depending on its performance, would choose it over the Atom for the fit and features. Will be using it for everyday use, under a shell or stand-alone for skiing, snow shoeing, the bar, everything.<br />Cheers!