Reviewed by Laura from WI on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The material is thinner than expected and lined only in the front with a light mesh for breathability. The cut is very flattering and very roomy in the hips for those with a pear shape. There is a draw cord around the bottom to tighten as needed without ruining the silhouette. It is wind proof and worn with a fleece will be perfect for Nordic skiing and winter hikes. Worn without layers will be great for all other cool weather outdoor use. Sizing is true. I normally wear a 10-12 and ordered a large (12-14) to accommodate layers. Very happy overall.
Best Uses: Backcountry, Casual Wear, Hiking, Skiing
Chest Size: Feels true to size
Cons: Not fully lined
Describe Yourself: Intermediate
Gear Usage: Cold Weather Living, Three season use, Winter Sports
Reviewed by Gil from North Conway NH on Tuesday, March 6, 2012
I liked the jacket a lot. However, the fit in the hips is very tight. I have found this to be true of most manufacturers' softshell jackets for women. An awful lot of us beyond our twenties are more pear shaped but we still like the backcountry.
Best Uses: Backcountry, Hiking, Skiing, Snowboarding
Reviewed by River Roadie from Baton Rouge, LA on Tuesday, November 8, 2011
I have only had this jacket for a little over 24 hours and I have not taken it off! Yet to really test it in the rain and wind, I'll update. I planned to use it for camping and cold weather hiking - it is lightweight enough to wear as a layer and not too bulky that you couldn't carry a pack with it.
Also as a 'go to' for to and from and at bike rides and races during the winter. I can still move in it but it is warm. I hope it will be as useful as I imagine.
The only thing I'm not sold on (hence the 4 stars) is the interior feel, it isn't wonderful and soft, but I think this is the breathable aspect of the fabric. I'm just a sucker for things that feel wonderful on your hands and arms when you put them on.
AND, very important to pet owners: The fabric doesn't hold pet hair and so I don't look like a fleabag after I hug my dog!
Reviewed by OrangeSky from San Jose, CA on Wednesday, September 21, 2011
This is a beautiful jacket. Fits everywhere just right. You can tell the material is strong so it will last. However, I expected the fabric to be a bit thicker. It is not quite warm enough for what I intended it for, so I'm returning it.
Reviewed by Dog lover from South Carolina on Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Very nice jacket, stretchy and non binding. Is great for activities that require a lot of movement. Fairly warm with a fleece layer underneath. Nice fit, fits well over a layer. Not tight. The sleeves are a bit long, but at 5'1 that is normal for me.