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chr4598814wrote a review of on March 2, 2019

Fits my big oval head
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I don't really have the luxury of being picky with helmets. I've got a pretty oblong head, meaning that usually only an XL will fit without uncomfortable pressure fore and aft. And of course then I look ridiculous, and I could probably stash extra gear in all that space on the sides. My last helmet from K2 fit in this category and I didn't shed tears when it took an accidental ride down a long gully and disappeared forever (or until next spring).

After trying on a ridiculous number of replacement helmets, I finally found a Goldilocks solution in the Giro Jackson MIPS, and in an L no less! As a bonus it's reasonably light, doesn't look too bad and it works well with my goggles. I don't have a very sweaty head, so I've been able to wear it on the uphill on colder days while touring. The venting seems perfectly adequate, but at the MSRP price point a lot of helmets have adjustable venting. I find it's fine without, but I'm also in a dry climate and don't have a sweaty head so YMMV.

Now for a couple minor nits to pick:
- The outer shell plastic seems a bit softer than it looks. I've picked up some noticeable dings despite not really making significant contact with anything and only having worn it 10 days.
- While perfectly functional, the rear goggle clip seems a bit flimsy and I won't be surprised when it breaks.

Overall it's a good helmet and I'd recommend checking it out (and others in the Giro line) if you also have a really oval/oblong head and have trouble finding helmets that fit well.

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chr4598814wrote a review of on March 2, 2019

Ideal performance midlayer in the cold
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Ever since seeing a friend wearing one of these while wading and swinging flies on the Hoh River on a chilly November morning, I wanted one. I've now had mine for a few years, and it's a close second behind my Houdini for my most-often used layer. I use it primarily for ski touring, resort skiing and cool/cold weather fly fishing.

What I like about it:
- The hood is snug and easily fits under a helmet, warmer hat, etc.
- It zips up and can even cover my mouth for truly cold/miserable conditions, meaning I don't need to bring along a balaclava for cold/windy conditions. I just zip it all the way up and I'm cozy.
- It has a long enough cut that I can easily tuck it under my pants if I want to really seal the heat in, and it won't easily ride up my back.
- Nicely reinforced thumb holes mean I can put gloves over the sleeves and they will not ride up my arms
- The 3/4 length zip allows me to easily dump heat if I need to (often a must on a bluebird dawn patrol in the Wasatch where I might go from a frigid, dark trailhead to an east-facing sunny slope in the space of a couple hours)
- Last but not least it breathes REALLY well despite being surprisingly warm. This means I can wear it as my outer layer while skinning in very cold temps and I'm perfectly comfortable. The breathability does cut both ways when it gets windy, but that's what a wind shirt is for.

Overall this might be my favorite layer, although it's a close competition with my old Houdini wind jacket. I can't really think of any obvious ways to improve it; it's pretty close to ideal.

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chr4598814wrote a review of on March 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Since I bought this jacket last fall, I've been wearing it almost every day. It's been with me on every ski tour so far this season, sometimes stashed in my pack and only worn during transitions, and sometimes worn even skinning away from the trailhead in pre-dawn single digit temps. I love that it sheds snow and provides just enough warmth to serve as an outer insulation layer during breaks in cold weather aerobic activity, but is also light/thin enough to throw a thicker puffy over if things get really cold. And it's thin enough that I won't instantly start sweating if I need a bit more extra insulation for a very cold start to my day.

Some little design touches that I really like:
- Athletic cut means I can layer over it
- Inner mesh pockets are a great place to quickly stash larger items (thick gloves, snow study kit, radio, a bag of gummy bears, etc.)
- Hood fits over or under a helmet no problem
- Slightly longer cut in the back keeps my lower back covered when wearing a pack over it or bending over

If I could nitpick about one thing, it's that some of the stitching on one arm has come loose, but this is super minor given how much I abuse it. Otherwise, it's held up really nicely and still looks practically new.

As far as fit goes, I'm usually awkwardly between an S and an M. I have long arms for my height so sleeves are usually too short and shoulders too tight for S, but M tends to feel a bit baggy. This jacket fits me pretty well. It could be a bit more snug, but it's perfectly functional as-is.

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