Reviewed by Cool Jul from Minnesota on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I bought this jacket for the chilly MN spring weather - temps in March often start in the 20s and only get to the 30s or 40s. This jacket is perfect, especially because it blocks the biting wind. The jacket looks nice and at 5'11" with a medium build, the Large size jacket is just right - a good fit, but enough room to fit some warm layers on the colder days. Love the jacket and the great service from Sierra.
Reviewed by Pale Rider from CommieRado on Sunday, February 24, 2013
This is just a shell, but it's a very good one. This is my year round jacket. Backpacking, hunting, fishing, or just around town. In colder temps I use with a zip in compatible Khumbu fleece and it keeps me warm in the coldest Colorado weather. Compatiblilty isn't neccessary though, just a luxury.
Sheds water like a duck's back. I've worn it in rain/snow with driving winds and it's effectively weather proof. Heavier than a rain poncho, but much more durable. Cinches down around the bottom, hood, and cuffs. The hood is detachable, but I've never taken it off. Simply, the jacket does what it's suppose to do.
As for sizing... I'm 5'8" 160lbs with a 42" chest and 30" waist. Medium would be a tailored fit, but I went for the large to get extra length in the hem and sleeves. That way when I'm reaching or bending over it still covers. It's a little loose around the middle, but not too much. I'm happy with the fit.
There are a couple small drawbacks. There are vents in the armpits and the zippers are hard to operate while wearing. Not an issue for me as I never use them, but felt I should mention it. The other thing is that it attracts dog hair. Not nearly as bad as fleece, but more than typical nylon. Having German shepards it's something I notice.
I have another NF shell zip in (triclimate) combo that I do like, but in hindsight purchasing the Varius at STP's great price and a fleece to go with it is the way to go.