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Paul M.

Paul M.wrote a review of on November 23, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

5'9, 41 chest, 31 waist, 170 lbs, athletic build / purchased Medium/ Color Kingfisher


75% of the time I have to wear a suit to work. I needed a versatile 3/4 length to accommodate a suit underneath. This does the job perfectly and for those times that I don’t wear a suit jacket, it doesn’t look like I am wearing a tent. So this works great for me.

However I am not giving it 5 stars for the fit because I don't think "fit" is a good criteria in helping you decide if this jacket is right for you as what fits me may not fit you at all.

So here is why I am giving it 5-stars:

Finish: Superb, stitching is sharp, straight and doesn’t bunch up the material. The cuts are definitely precise .

Materials: Top notch, high quality Gortex

Style: Crisp, tailored look, modern and yet won't go out of style with next season. I like the fact that there are only two pockets semi hidden outside of the jacket. Any more pockets and this jacket would look a little less formal and more utilitarian. 


Versatility: Terrific, wear to a pub and not look overdressed, wear it to work and not look underdressed.

Functionality: The taped front zipper (instead of buttons) are my preference. I am looking for windproof and waterproof: buttons don't stop the wind like zippers do. Front pockets are zippered and taped as well. I appreciate the reflective material on the back collar. The collar also protects my neck really well. It’s amazing how this jacket transforms from one purpose to another. The front zipper is bidirectional: you can open it from the top or bottom if you're at a bathroom stall. There is no insulation in this jacket, just protection from wind and rain therefore it packs easily and weights next to nothing. 


Color: Kingfisher is the color I purchased and is a perfect tint of Navy which eschews towards slate (not purple)....

This was a great purchase decision for me.

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Paul M.

Paul M.wrote a review of on August 2, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

Construction is OK, Fabric is horrible, the design is questionable, especially around the neck and the weird collar... The fit is somewhat awkward.

My size: 41 shoulder, 31 waist, 16 neck. The medium was too large for me. The sleeve opening was too big. This runs bigger than Regular fit.

(I don't take or add stars for fit, that's subjective)

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Paul M.wrote a question about on November 15, 2015

Does anyone know what Smith means when they say Asian Fit? Also is MIPS just more marketing lingo or is there something radically different in the helmet's construction to differentiate it from this version of Maze?
TIA
Paul

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Paul M.

Paul M.wrote a review of on June 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

This is a very quality jacket, the form and fit is great, it has ample pockets and while form fitting, it moves with your body and not interfere with your motion.

But you should be aware that there is a GIANT motorcycle gang style emblem on the back. I wish Backcountry included a picture on the back. I returned this jacket with much regret!

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