ryanzoernerwrote a review of Black Diamond Access Insulated Hooded Jacket - Men's on December 5, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
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 -
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.