Reviewed by Julia the Hiking Boots from San Diego, CA on Thursday, October 13, 2011
I gave this jacket as a gift to my husband and bought the same for myself. This is the best jacket for hiking because it is so light. We now always carry them in our backpacks and they keep us warm and dry (we spend a rainy and snowy week recently in Sierra Nevada and I cannot imagine how it could b...
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Reviewed by Mel from Seattle, WA from Seattle, WA on Friday, November 20, 2015
Great jacket for the Pacific Northwest and the weather we are currently having (heavy winds and sideways rain). I was looking for a lightweight jacket for hiking. I wear a light or mid weight long sleeve shirt under it and it's perfect for the misty hikes we take. It is also great for the short walking distance I have before and after my commute. Great fit with options for adjustments at the waist and hood. Have ordered one, ordering two more colors while I still can!
Reviewed by coldweathercyclist from New York City on Wednesday, October 21, 2015
I have 3 of these jackets, they are my secret to cycling in extremely cold weather. I can go hours out in 5 degrees, and unlike more expensive jackets, they are classically cut to allow many layers under the jacket. I also carry this jacket in fall for those warm days and cold nights. As far as heavy rain, my first held up for two years, and that's with working out in the rain constantly, but lost it's waterproofing. I've tried reproofing it, and it sort of works. But I have used it in a lot of rain, cycling in several hurricanes. Also the hood is excellent for cycling as it doesn't obstruct your view.
It seems they have stopped making this jacket, that's really sad as I haven't found anything as good, even jackets that cost 10 times more.
There is one snap at the very bottom and 5 velcro fasteners along the rest of the flap up to the hood. The seal is good in conditions I've been in. I suppose if there were a very high wind with the rain coming sideways, the flap might gap a bit when the wind hit it from the right side, but short of that kind of very heavy wind, the seal works well for me.
Answered on 2/24/2015 6:08:23 PM by Portland walker from Oregon
It has one snap at the bottom and a few velcro spot all the way up the jacket. I've never had a problem with the velcro coming undone, but I also haven't been out in a hurricane with this jacket.
Answered on 2/24/2015 8:45:00 PM by busheygirl from Georgia
There is a button at top and bottom and Velcro in-between. I bought them for twin grandsons and they were put to the test on a week-long wilderness canoeing trip in Quebec. They were pleased with them. Hope this is useful.
Answered on 2/25/2015 8:49:40 AM by canoeonhead from West Virginia
Hi. . . It doesn't strike me as excessively noisy, but it does make a noise as the fabric slides over itself. As long as you are just walking, the only sound would come from where the arms slide over the body, but I've not noticed it to be irritating. If you are sensitive to this sound, though, it may bother you a bit. The waterproof fabric tends to make this swishing noise. I hope this helps some.
Answered on 12/30/2014 8:07:32 PM by Portland walker from Oregon
I happened to have a Marmot Precip jacket and I tried them to see which one is noisier. The result: both made similar noises. Hope that helps.
Unfortunately, there are no pit-zips. I used it for the summer in Iowa and had plenty of rainstorms and it worked really well. However, it does not breath well in warmer weather. After the storms, when I would take the jacket off, there would be a layer of moisture on my skin. Generally though, if you are not going to be using it in hot weather for longer than an hour at a time, I think you would be alright. Although, if you are planning on using it for summer hikes, I would look at getting something more breathable.
Answered on 9/18/2014 7:32:14 AM by IowaR from Iowa
No, it is like an old-fashioned rain slicker, only much much lighter. I would use it in rain in the summer since it's light, but it's not something you'd wear on a hot day if you had a vented alternative.
Answered on 9/18/2014 8:52:09 AM by Sam from Madison, WI