- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: m
The Rustler jacket covers the basics and has several key features that sets it apart from other touring shells. There are asymmetrical zippers that open the collar for a comfort fit with the added bonus of laser cut holes for venting. I also there are small hidden MAGNETS so you can pull the collar off your face and secure it to the side. That being said, the collar is lined with a softer material so it still feels comfortable when you're all zipped up.
Along with the usual pockets, there is a very handy side arm pocket that holds small items like snacks, chapstick, and lift passes. Easy to access and out of the way.
Personally, I really enjoy longer jackets partially for aesthetic, but also for functional use as it keeps you well protected from the elements. The longer length, plus the gore-tex, makes this jacket super durable and dry. I've brought it through some tight and gnarly trees and bushes on touring descents and to my surprise I didn't find a single tear.
I agree with other comments that the arms seem to be a big long in length, but that hasn't bothered me at all. I don't find it gets in the way on tours or downhill skiing, and actually helps keep snow from sneaking into that space between cuff and glove. My only real complaint is that sometimes I think I'm grabbing the venting zipper when I actually am grabbing that upper chest pocket zipper (and vice versa). They're quite close together so it's easy to mistake the two if you're not looking.