Reviewed by Chuck from Massachusetts on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Overall I like this jacket. It replaces a well worn EMS jacket that has seen better days. This jacket is lightweight, durable and well made for the most part. The blue color is also very nice. The jacket will be fine for most cold weather excursions in the north. I have worn it hiking, snowshoeing and around town. It might be too much jacket for summer use in most areas of the country except at higher elevations.
There are two major faults I found with this jacket. First the jacket seems too small in the chest area. I can have no more than two thick layers underneath before it becomes difficult to zip up. Which limits it usability in deep winter excursions. Another issue is the zippers are terrible. I believe they will last but they are too small and narrow which makes it difficult to zip up pockets or main zipper with gloves. They also tend to stick at times when ice builds up on the jacket. I have never had this problem with the EMS jacket which had heavy duty YKK zippers. Granted this jacket is designed to be lightweight rather than heavy duty like my old jacket. Another issue is the jacket does not breath at all, compared to Gore-tex, without opening the underarm and pocket vents. While it might be wind and waterproof, condensation builds up inside the jacket which makes me sweat more. It Doesn't take much effort to start to sweat in this jacket. Like I stated before opening the vents will remedy the problem but with a downside of allow cold air inside the jacket. I would recommend this jacket to someone as long as they know about the issues with it.