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ryanzoernerwrote a review of on December 5, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 198 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Well. The cuffs don't stretch out much on the forearms, but they stay up, when washing your hands. There are no waist or hood cinches and the hood dips into your eyes like a jedi hood or something.

Primaloft Gold, is Toasty! There's nothing better, I think. I even prefer Primaloft Silver, to the Thermalite. (now). The Schoeller Nanosphere fabric is great! All together, this jacket feels like a Track & Field piece of equipment. Or maybe like, wrestling warmups (not that I wrestled in high school). And uh.

The jacket is too warm on the bus. But when you get outside, in 59 degree temps. It gives the illusion of not being warm enough. I picture convection currents of air, moving through the fabric layer to break up any retained heat. On the other hand, when you start moving, you warm up, but feel braced, by the cold air. Again, when you don't want the heat, the jacket becomes too hot very easily.

This jacket makes a great liner for the Stance Belay Parka, but, I would have rather seen Primaloft Silver, in that parka also. It's so much toastier warm.

As a winter coat liner, I feel it could be thicker. As an outside-wear piece, I feel it could be thicker. On the other hand, at 55 degrees, you can walk around with it unzipped, if you've recently eaten, and if you're being physically active.

At 58 degrees in the morning, it's pretty much the perfect jacket to go moving around outside, in.

Right now, in doors. I don't feel overheated, but my feet haven't warmed up yet.

I think it's kinda got a nice Track & Field, standard-issue, kind-of - thing -
going...

The hood. It always shocks you how annoying it is, when it first goes over the eyes. Again. Something on the top-back of the head like velcro, to fore-shorten the hood, would have been great. Or one of those fancier, many-sheet, binder-style paper-clips, that pinches; that would work. Something to fold the top of the hood upon it self, and pinch it there.

Fits fine. Just like the Stance Belay Hoody fit fine. The fluffy-cloud snowboard-hoody (Stance Belay Parka) is something a little over-sized.

No hood cinch is ok. But the hood needed to be fore-shortenable to keep it out of the eyes somehow.

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ryanzoerner

ryanzoernerwrote a review of on November 27, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 198 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I am deeply disappointed by the lack of cinchable hood draw-string. Also. The only waist-cinch drawstring on the waist is on the right. It makes it hard to cinch it unless you tighten very long the cord and then it can snap your fingers, too.

Then. The insulation has changed to (I don't know what) 180 g weight is, because the jacket weighed the same. But the interior and exterior materials may have changed as well. The outside appearance of the jacket is nicer than the one they were making with the Primaloft and Schoeller; more akin to North Face/less like a diaper or a puffy "does this jacket look any good?!" appearance. It always felt like it was an expensive jacket and everyone seeing it might think it was some sort of reject in design. But I was very happy with that jacket in terms of insulation and lightness and water-dryness. But it could feel dangerously suffocating as an unyielding cylindrical surface of fabric, when laying under a tarp, in the rain, in weather perhaps slightly too warm for it. The walls of this jacket (Thermolite jacket) grip the insulation more and the insulation has an appearance of caving in, toward the body in a flat-panel sort of way. However I love the other jacket in the cold, and my only question about it was: could they have made the damn thing warmer, please? Well. The thing is; one of the things is, that the XL doesn't cinch well to the waist, it cinches to the crotch, and the wind blows in through the crotch, but if you cinch it to the waist, it's too bunchy around the stomach. I want to sit for an hour in 16 degree temperatures in windy conditions at 5 or 6 am outside, and not get cold any. That's the kind of jacket I would like to see somewhere. But. You can put two jackets; one under the other.

The Stance Belay Hoody with Primaloft Silver was the best light cold weather jacket possible. Except. The hood cinch string; I would rethink it. The top of the hood should have a velcro cinch-strap. And. The back of the neck of the hood grips your neck too hard. Other than that, for warmth per weight and 2 waist cinch strings, and two hood cinch strings, it was great! I just lost it; I don't know how I'm going to get another one. The other thing I didn't like was the drawstring caddy for the hood is too distant from the hood itself. For me it gets in my eyes and doesn't stay in place unless you plaster it to your face and mouth. Below 55 degrees, you would need a parka or something warmer to sleep in.

I like the appearance of the Stance Belay Parka better on the outside, but the Primaloft, was maybe fine. But the lack of hood cinch strings, or 2 waist strings is like sloppily casual to me, as though this piece was like a casual afterthought to a much more complete and expensive wardrobe of coats. Like if you had it at the ski lodge; look how casual you can be about no hood cinches and only one waist cinch string (that won't tuck now). It's just haphazardly unthoroughly attached to your waist and head and cuffs are kind of loose too, but maybe that's ok..

I feel like a chump, for purchasing this garment.

Sizing it's baggy with plenty of space under-neath for other jackets. If you don't like that, you might find the large tight or not. I don't know.

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