There are a TON of incomplete reviews on this jacket and the fit. Granted it is summer but I have tried it on and moved around in it to see what limitations it might have. First off, can I say I love the fit. If youâre a thinner guy you probably know what it itâs like to have a medium t-shirt be a belly shirt and a large look youâre swimming in it. This jacket is cut to be trim and long. I am 6â 155-175 depending on the time of year and if Iâm running but even at my thinnest this jacket fits amazingly. The arms are not too long and the skirt comes down to mid thigh. That said I can actually wear this sheâll out and about if I felt so inclined, not just for riding/splitting because itâs not some giant 90âs baggy fit.
Letâs see, what I love apart from the fit. The gore material is on the quiet side. The venting system is flawless with the chest and under arms. The pockets are great but should be noted that if youâre still rocking a corded headphone there is no media port. That said the left breast pocket can be accessed without unzipping and there is also an internal breast pocket as well but again no port. Running bca radio or something of the sort might be difficult but it can be done. The left sleeve pocket is awesome. Inside it it has a few different slots so an analog thermometer and a pen and not pad can fit in there (stoked so I can have easy access to my avalanche/snow condition journal). You might be able to fit a smaller ruler in there as well. The down pockets are nice but as others said, anything heavier will be steadily bouncing against your thighs/legs if heavy. They are great for split boarding though because thinner soft gloves, balaclava sunglasses and even my skinning ball cap fits in there, this way I can stay out of the pack on the way up. Now I do have an analog jacket from a few years ago with a military style as well and one thing I like about that jacket is there are felt lined hand warmer pockets under the down pockets. Iâm not saying I miss that on this jacket because this is for backcountry light needs but just a thought.
The hood figment is nice. One thing I can live with but donât love is the hood was built for a helmet and unless Iâm on a no fall line, I donât wear one (sorry mom). Another thing that I thought was not gonna be great is there is just one good adjustment tab on the back of the hood. Turns out the placement of the elastic band inside the hood that acts to tighten the hood tightens exactly around the ear area allowing the excites hood to kind of sit down towards the shoulders and not look weird. Itâs actually another thing I adore about this jacket. The hood has a hard plastic insert so that it can ride up goggles as a brim of sorts. The hood itself is not removable but thatâs fine and am used to hoods that donât come off. The sleeves are a great length the hobo mitts are not too restrictive and the cuff is cut in a way where itâs longer on the top of the hand to prevent snow from slipping in.
Lastly, the color options on this jacket are classic. I wanted olive initially but went with black as it was on sale. This is my first jacket that retailed over 500 dollars and I have to say I donât see myself needing another jacket. It matches everything and typically I ride ninja.
Bottom line, this jacket is everything you need in the backcountry. It leaves a bit to be desired for a resort jacket but not only is it fantastic for backcountry it is cut in a way that it can be worn around town during colder months.
Thank you Norrona for making such an amazing jacket and thank you backcountry.com for dealing with my multiple calls and chats on the web about this jacket before itâs purchase. You will not be dissatisfied. Plus, who rocks Norrona? Thatâs right chances are far less anyone will have your jacket.