Daniel K.wrote a review of Holden M-51 3L Fishtail Jacket - Men's on February 21, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
I purchased the 3L Fishtail jacket in Camo a few days ago to replace my well-worn jacket. From the outset, it's obvious that Holden excels when it comes to style (and tech for the price) so it wasn't a difficult choice. The 3-layer oxford material, 20k rating, drop fishtail hem and overall look are spot on. Even got the 3L fatigue pants to match the look and performance.
However, it didn't take long to see this jacket was poorly designed and manufactured. First, the material under one of my arms/abdomen began to degenerate after half a day of riding. See photo. This is happened on my right side which is not my board-carrying arm so it's still a mystery as to what caused it. General motion of my arm? Not to mention the oxford material frays into an off-white which means it's all the more obvious. Looks like I smeared powder sugar on my jacket. What would the jacket look like after a season or two or three? I'd look like a haggard powdered donut.
Second, the Velcro straps on the wrists are designed poorer than poor. They make the Velcro strip that holds your cinched sleeve in place, too small and too far from the clasp. The result is either your constantly readjusting your sleeve every time you take your glove off (I prefer under-cuff gloves) or adjustment comes undone mid-ride because you can't get it tight enough. Just look at the pictures on Backcountry or the Holden website and you'll see that in all of the photos of this particular jacket, the sleeves are closed tight on the rider's wrists. That's not preference but the only way to keep the wrist opening closed. It's such a seemingly minor but incredibly important detail to overlook. Just make the Velcro strap on the actual sleeve twice as long or better placed. Problem solved. No more fiddling with your wrist adjustments when you should be riding.
Lastly, the jacket is in desperate need of pockets. There is a small chest pocket, two hip pockets and that's it. No mesh goggle pocket, no internal only pocket, no obvious pass pocket. Nadda. And this is the top of the line shell.
Long story short, great style but poor design and worse execution. Holden can do better than this. At least, I'd hope so.
On a better note, the 3L pants are on point. The poplin material seems much heartier and the look and feel is perfect. Also, a quick shout-out to my account rep Kameron who has gone above and beyond to make sure all this has been reconciled. There is a reason customers return to Backcountry. Cheers.