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Francoise M.

Francoise M.

Francoise M.

Francoise M.wrote a review of on December 12, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I live in FL and there aren't any stores that carry the variety of product that Backcountry does, so I ordered 8 jackets to try on & compare. I need a jacket for an upcoming hiking trip to Nepal & Tibet as well as raining day tours when I am off a cruise ship. I think this jacket will work well. I gave it 4 stars because I haven't put it through the paces yet, but will update once I do. I am 5'4" ,180 lbs, 38DDD. I ordered all the jackets in XL and tried them with a fleece sweater underneath. The Marmot jackets seemed to fit me the best, with the most room in the chest. Patagonia was the tightest. I tried the Black Diamond Alpine Start Hooded Jacket but my biggest complaint is that it has no pockets and the material did not seem waterproof. The fit was good though. The Columbia jackets were a little snugger on me but would work. The Pardon My Trench jacket was very long and the belt cuts the torso in 2 visually. The Arcadia II Jacket wasn't bad but no pit zips and it it looked like water could get in through the seams. It did have mesh that covered the plastic interior though which was nice.
So at the end my favorites were the 3 Marmot jackets: PreCip, Southridge & Minimalist and the North Face Venture Jacket. I excluded the Southridge because it didn't have any pit zips. The Marmot PreCip and the North Face Venture were very comparable. They were both very lightweight, with a plasticized white interior. In the end I went with the Marmot Minimalist Jacket because it had everything on my wish list plus it is made with Goretex so it will breath. It is a little heavier in weight. The seams are really well sealed. I also love the way you can tighten the cap so it stays put and frames your face. No hands needed to keep it on your head.