Armand Cwrote a review of Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Softshell Jacket - Men's on April 9, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
The new Dawn Patrol lives up to BD's high standards and performance, but there is a catch or two. No more Schoeller and Nanosphere. No more metal sculpted zipper pulls. The fabric is now a four-way stretch woven type with DWR. The hood is now ski helmet compatible which is a huge plus. The hand pockets are harness/backpack compatible. It's also a touch lighter than the old streamlined Dawn Patrol LT. It's also cheaper in price.
Wind and snow resistance feels about the same to me.
All around, everything is an upgrade right? Yes, but the sizing is WAY different than any prior generation of BD products. If you wore a large with prior generations, you'll probably want a medium now. I tried the large first, and it's huge! The medium was just right.
The cut is a more regular than athletic/slim as well. Around the neck, shoulders, and arms it's roomier, and layering feels a bit easier as well. The neckline doesn't compress the trachea when fully zipped up. Mobility of the head is much better. Personally I sold my old Dawn Patrol LT immediately and picked up the new Dawn Patrol and I'm more satisfied with it. Especially the neck fit and hood size.
Provided you're not absolutely married to the old sizing and don't mind sizing down this time around with a little more internal volume, you'll probably consider the new Dawn Patrol overall better than prior models.