practical, not stylish

Reviewed by Granite Man from Granite State on Friday, February 3, 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.
  • Chest Size: Feels too big
  • Cons: Bulky
  • Gear Usage: Cold Weather Living, Winter Sports
  • Pros: Durable, Lightweight, Warm, Waterproof, Wind Resistant
  • Sleeve Length: Feels true to length
  • Was this a gift?: No
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