Fantastic mid-weight jacket! *UPDATED*
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
Update 11/26/18. Initial review follows.
So. I am in a relationship with this jacket to begin with, right? However, yesterday found me wearing it IN A BLIZZARD, right in that phase where cold rain turns to ice, then snow, and the wind goes 25 with gusts. Let's just say my relationship status with this jacket has just reached STALKER level. Nary a molecule of water nor breath of wind penetrated the shell. With the hood and waist cinches...Oh! Hermetically sealed! (Without feeling like you're wearing a Hefty Bag.) Temps were falling through the 30s in that increasing wind and rain/ice/snow, and with only a (plug) Patagonia Capilene LS lightweight base layer under a cheap T, I was perfectly comfortable.
Absolutely my go-to jacket for everything! I actually get mad when it's just a smidge too nice out to warrant wearing it!
I was desperate for a WARM water-resistant layer. Something I could throw on when it got coolish and damp that didn't feel like wearing a trashcan liner.
Let's begin on fit...Perfect! I am 5'3" 145# and this thing fits like a glove. (US sizing 8/10) Hits at the hips, and the sleeve length, unlike so many other garments (which are stupidly long), hit exactly where the wrist and palm meet. The sleeves are close enough to wear with a fitted T and stay comfortable at 60-degrees in a mist with a steady 10mph breeze. (That's about the warmest weather you'll want to use this jacket in.) Can accommodate up to a close-fitting poly/cotton hoodie (which did well on a clear 45-degree night with little activity) without feeling bound up, but this is not something that is going to accommodate bulky base layers. Tech fabrics are a much-preferred choice as base layers anyway.
I can't comment about its imperviousness to wind and full-on rain as mist at 10mph is hardly a gale, but it has kept me dry and warm so far.
Only gripes, which I just now decided not to deduct stars for, are that on its first wear, the fill came out of the inner liner in such an amount that it looked like I owned a white long-haired cat! Fortunately that has stopped and I occasionally find a pill of white fibers. Second gripe is the chafing at the neck/chin if you fully zip and are not wearing a gaiter. As this is a common enough problem with most jackets, I don't find it bothersome enough to deduct stars for.
This is the PERFECT shoulder season jacket (not that it wouldn't layer very well under a puffy for winter!) and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.