Awesome Second Layer Jacket
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: M
Just received this jacket and want to share my first impressions. I’ve only tested it as a true second layer with my Arcteryx Rush shell and have to say it is a perfect mid layer The material is stretchy and breathable and the panels of wool in the critical areas are perfect what I really like about the Norrona products is they put all the pockets in the right place and the two upper pockets on your chest are perfect. This is where my shell was slightly lacking and now my second layer will be equipped with plenty of storage. The outer surface of this jacket is smooth as it is not just fleece material. That said I envision this as a second layer on the colder days.
This is also a standalone jacket and I’ve been wearing it now in the spring with just a high-tech T-shirt below. I absolutely love the feel of this jacket. It is formfitting and I am 55 and 162 pounds and it fits snug however perfect. The wrists have thumb holes so if you really wanna keep the wind out in your hands and wrists warm it’s great. The hood is also formfitting and when flipped down and the jacket is all the way zipped up it provides excellent protection to your neck all the way up to your chin. Again this is where Norona does well as the material on the inside of the front zipper is very comfortable against your chin or face if you were ducking in to stay warm. The hood does fit under my helmet no problem or just as a hoodie fits nice and snug and really keeps you warm
For spring and fall this will be my go to jacket. I seem to be laying around the house wearing it too. Once winter comes back this will be my primary second layer under my ski shell
I will pick up one more Norona second layer fleece jacket that is truly fuzzy fleece that I will look to make as a different second layer option for slightly warmer days.
These are only my impressions I haven’t tested out everything extensively yet but at age 57 I’ve worn some clothing in my life
I love this jacket and I love Norrona products