Good Jacket for the Price
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: M
I got this jacket on sale, and found that for about $30 it is a really good jacket. I bought a medium, which is my usual size, and there are some fit issues that probably would have pushed me to return it if I paid full price. I am 36 bust, 28 waist and 38 hip, so right in the middle of their recommended sizing for medium. The jacket fits, but it is surprisingly tight in the upper arm sleeve. Thankfully that material has a little stretch so it's not a big deal, but I have to make sure to wear a very thin base layer underneath the jacket or else it becomes too tight and restricts comfortable movement while running.
I've mainly used this as a layer for running and it has been great for that. I consider this an insulated base layer, it has replaced my half-zip and vest combo (over a t-shirt) that I turn to for runs in 20-40 degree weather (in Colorado for reference). Depending on how cold it is I have a down vest or a fleece vest, but this jacket has done really well at replacing both. I will say that I run hot, and I am usually the first person in the group to take off my layers during a run, so if that's not you, this may not be warm enough. (I am not bold, and never start cold)
The insulation on the chest and back is really cozy. While I've only been using it for cold weather running, I imagine this transitioning to a hiking jacket when spring arrives and the temperature finally gets above 45 degrees.