Reviewed by Doc from Casper, WY on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I'm 6ft and 240lbs (with somewhat long arms and torso) and, although I wear 2XL shirts, the XL size of this jacket fits me perfectly, with enough fulness to accommodate a sweater underneath. So some would consider it a bit larger than its stated size.
The visored hood folds up and is concealed behind the tall collar, enhancing the jacket's appearance for social occasions when maximal protection is not needed. The inside surface of that tall, padded collar is lined with a soft fabric, very comfortable against the skin when the temp drops, but probably not so desirable in warm weather. The angled front pockets are hand friendly for a quick trip into the cold without gloves. The zipper is covered by 2 flaps, the outer one secured with velcro, a very effective barrier, along with the GoreTex fabric, to wind intrusion, and only a minor inconvenience to gaining access to the zipper. That left-sided zipper, however, the major source of criticism by others, is very difficult to initially align properly, making zipping up an annoyingly slow and deliberate process. This is the only reason for not giving this jacket a 5-star rating.
Overall, this Lowe Alpine jacket appears to be well made, with features that would make it ideal for cool and inclement weather. I would just recommend zipping up BEFORE you go outside if it's cold and windy or raining! I'm glad I saw this jacket on your site, in my size and especially on sale.