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Leavenworth

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whateves wrote a review of on March 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: large

Full disclosure, ME employee here. The Lumin is my 4 season insulated jacket of choice because it's light, crazy warm and packs down small. It is the perfect size to stuff away in the bottom of my pack and pull out when I stop moving. It is warm enough that I trust it for winter camping and mountaineering and light enough to be my go to summer backpacking coat. Fill power is actually closer to 800 because it is a European IDFL rating. Fits great under a shell on cold days, and easy to throw on over a shell and other layers on the fly. This is a sweet deal.

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whateves wrote a review of on January 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This jacket offers the perfect balance needed for backcountry touring and alpine climbing. Even on warmer days I can keep this on while skinning and I don't overheat. The stout design, super alpine HC hood and high front collar have kept me warm in some nasty storms. Warm enough for the Rockies yet waterproof and breathable enough for the Cascades. Remarkably simple yet includes all the features of ME jackets. Feels nice over a tee but very stretchy for layering. I can fit 108mm skins in the front pockets. Mine is on it's third season and going strong.

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whateves wrote a review of on December 14, 2009

4 5

This jacket is a good jump up from a basic mid-market rain jacket. If you are willing to pay a little more I think it is worth it. It will be warmer, dryer and more durable than a basic Precip or the Rain Shadow. Plus it looks pretty cool too. The fabric is very waterproof and kind of stretchy so it fits nicely. I use mine for alot for walking and bike commuting in Seattle and so far this winter it has passed the test of intense rain and cold. It is also a decent backcountry raincoat, it packs down pretty small and is lightweight.
The hood is big enough to fit a helmet so if you are looking for an affordable multi-use jacket to use in wet snow or rain this is it.
My only gripes are that the side pockets are a bit low. They are a bit bulky when wearing a backpack with hipstraps. Also I do not like that this jacket does not have an inside zipper pocket for valuables. I plan to use the jacket for travel also and it is very nice to have safe inner pockets in sketchy cities.
Iam about 5'11" and 170lbs and a large was too big for me, so I went with a medium. I can still fit a puffy underneath on really cold days.

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