- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XL
I now have two of these things, not sure why. I wear XL and the fit is fairly accurate, and they are very comfortable as a light jacket or a layer in the system. The colors on the other hand are a bit off, maybe we should call them muted. I have the Cold Black which is gray and Arednalin which is a funny orange/ red color.
They are not wind resistant but with a shell do what they are supposed to do. I managed to trash one of the zippers, Norrona fixed it no charge. I am a bit of a gear snob and the smashed bird brand is what I wear exclusively for climbing till I needed a pair of gor tex bibs/ pant for climbing in Scotland. I now have several pieces of Norrona gear and they have held up well and as I stated above, my fault and Norrona fixed it.
I live in the PNW and have been using synthetic puff jackets for insulation ( light, pack well and if wrung out will still keep you warm after a fashion) This fleece does fairly well when wet and body heat will dry things out a bit faster than puffs. More bulky so a trade off at times.
After wearing these things ( Noronna gear in general) in some really bad weather and rough climbing I would say the gear competes with the Big Guys for performance, wear and price.