- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: medium
A well-designed skiing and mountaineering soft shell. The fit is great and allows for full range of motion without lifting or bunching. Construction is quite burly and should stand up to encounters with sharp rocks and branches. I love the cinch-down system on the helmet compatible hood that keeps it secure on the ski down. The wind resistance is excellent, and while it's not waterproof by any means, it has done a good job shedding dry Utah snowfall.
For me personally, the jacket is a little thicker than I want for ski touring - it's too heavy for me to wear on the skin up without sweating, so I have to take it off, and for me the whole point of a softshell is to throw it on and leave it on all day. For that, I really love another jacket from Outdoor Research - the Ferrosi.
If you move at a slower pace and/or run cold, this would probably be the ticket, however!
Hey Dana - Thank you for the review. The San Juan is great because it has not membrane to make you overheat, although the tight weave can warm up if really working it uphill. Still, better than with a membrane! Appreciate the review!