Reviewed by Steve from Denver, CO on Friday, February 03, 2012
I just bought this jacket because it was supposed to be waterproof (which it is), plus had some lining (versus being just a shell). It's really an excellent jacket. The jacket arrived just before a really big snowstorm (12 inches so far - 12 more coming). I put it on to do my snow shovelling. It kept me warm and dry. I particularly like the collar (which kept me totallyh protected).
Reviewed by Granite Man from Granite State on Friday, February 03, 2012
The Anvil Peak is a terrific value for a feature-laden performance jacket. Just understand that it's much more a practical garment than a stylish one. It has plenty of pockets, built in lanyard clips to secure your gear, a stowaway hood, a dual-separating zipper (the kind that can unzip from bottom up to allow you to sit without the jacket bunching up), and a drawstring bottom hem that can be adjusted from within the pockets. It's also cut roomy enough for layering -- even through the sleeves -- which makes it a versatile garment for a range of temperatures, but also makes for a boxy appearance. The stand-up collar is lined with fleece and will rise above chin-height if zipped all the way up, which is great for warmth, but makes for a lot of collar to deal with when you don't need it zipped up -- which in my experience is most of the time. I'll be keeping it as a ski jacket and for foul-weather-wear, but I'll continue looking for a reasonably stylish casual-wear jacket.
“Does anyone know how to use the elastic draw string the ends of which are, oddly enough, in the pockets of the coat?||I would guess they would cinch the bottom of the coat for better protection from the weather but I have not been able to figure out how to work them.”
Asked on 11/18/2011 12:00:00 AM by Anonymous from Unknown
No way - not without substantial layers underneath.
Answered on 10/25/2011 12:00:00 AM by Pastrymom from Lyme, New Hampshire
I just received the coat. The tag says the 'insulation' is 100% polyester and 100% nylon. The 'exterior' is 100% nylon. I needed a waterproof coat that would be warm enough for northwest coastal winter weather which is upper 30's - low 40's. I believe this coat will serve for that range. It probably would not be warm enough alone for extended periods in the teens - 20 degree range unless you were wearing some warm clothes underneath.
Answered on 11/18/2011 12:00:00 AM by Danny from Friday Harbor, WA