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PAwandererwrote a review of on October 29, 2011

4 5

I just got my Kepler yesterday and here we are with our first snow/rain mix of the season. So far I'm very pleased with the construction, fit, and weather-proofness. I'm 5'11 185 lbs. and the large fits me perfectly, though there's not a ton of room for bulky mid-layers. Tighter fitting light or mid-weight fleece would work best, maybe something like a nano-puff would work well too. I would not refer to the lining as fleece as much as would brushed or textured polyester for comfort of the skin and easy slipping on/off over your layers.

I own quite a number of softshells and this is most certainly the hardest softshell I've come across. Its also the first full fledged waterproof softshell I've had, so I'm okay with the tradeoff. There is a bit of stretch and no crinkle to the fabric whatsoever. I can't yet speak for this jacket's breathability, so I expect to report back later regarding the full performance of DryQ elite.

The hood is huge and fits well over my climbing helmet but also hugs my bare head when cinched, a definite plus, while the butter-jersey cuffs (with thumb holes!) feel great on the skin.

So far I'm super pleased with this jacket - I'll try to get around to some photo uploads when report back from the waterproof /breathable trials. If it passes the test, it may get 5 stars.