What I expected: a stylish, weather resistant jacket that is both comfortable and functional. I purchased this as a do-all cool weather midlayer, and mild temp outer layer. I also wanted it as a layer for occasional strenuous outdoor activity.
I've had the Dual Aspect for a few weeks now, and I like it a lot!
My first thought after feeling the soft Polartec was "How is this thing going to be able to repel water?" I decided to test it out in a light drizzle. The result was water beading neatly over the surface of the membrane! The non-membrane covered parts of the jacket just absorb the water, however, so I imagine it would wet out eventually in moderate to heavy rain (you can see the difference of the fabrics in the picture). BUT this jacket is advertised as weather resistant, not weather proof. If you are expecting serious rain, bring a true waterproof shell. If you want a midlayer/outer layer that will repel the unexpected drizzle/snow, the Dual Aspect has got you covered (literally.)
-Initial impression is that it is warm (further testing needed).
-Decent wind resistance
-Sleeves are nice and long
-Slim fit is stylish!
-Hood is AWESOME. Zipper can zip all the way up over the mouth, and the zipper head is covered in fabric so the cold metal isn't exposed. Someone thought this one through! The hood itself is soft and thin, made to fit under a helmet. It fits the head snugly.
-Underwater blue color is striking and beautiful
-Pockets are deep and hold items close to the body (so if you are skiing/ice climbing/backpacking etc. in sub freezing temps your phone has a toasty home).
-Not super packable. I don't own a R1, but I have heard they pack down very small. The fabric on the Dual Aspect is not as flexible, so it doesn't pack down super well (about 7x5in, think cantaloupe).
-Parts that are covered in the weather resistant membrane are less flexible fabric, so the jacket bunches when sitting down (my advice, unzip).
-Looks technical. And by technical, I mean it looks like its made for a backpack, crampons, a belt flashlight, and a sweet adventure! This is a plus for me but may be a drawback for some.
Ultimately, if you want a versatile midlayer that is warm, weather resistant, and can hold its own as a softshell outerlayer, then give this jacket a shot.
I have now taken this jacket in the rain several times. In a light drizzle, it repels water nicely and keeps you dry and warm.
There was flash flooding in my area so I took the Dual Aspect for a stroll in the downpour. The membrane works decently well. After 10 mins of moderate rain, I was almost dry. I say "almost" because the nape of the neck (where the membrane of the backpanel changes to the stretchy fabric of the hood) is the Achilles heel of this jacket. That area on a jacket always catches a lot of water, and on the dual aspect it was the first part to get damp due to the change in hood fabric. The hood itself is not waterproof. Overall I would say that the rain resistance is decent, and acceptable if you happen to get caught in a short shower or the weather changes unexpectedly. However, if you are expecting moderate/ hard or sustained rain, this would wet out eventually. The dual aspect has become the jacket I grab if I need some warmth and the weather is going to be unpredictable.