Surprising wamth and great fit
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Southwest Coyote from New Mexico on Friday, February 27, 2015
The Lowe Frozen Sun has become my go to jacket for cold weather mountain activities. I have comfortably worn the Frozen Sun in high wind conditions with temperatures in the low to mid 20 degree range with light snow with just a lightweight Capilene long sleeved shirt underneath. If its colder, like on the chair lift I add a Gore-Tex shell which extends the range down to the single digits. I have several "puff ball" jackets from Outdoor Research and Patagonia. I like Frozen Sun better than my other "puff ball" jackets regardless of the price. That said the price of Frozen Sun at STP was more than $150 dollars less than the better known brands that one notices being worn at the Mall. The Frozen Sun fits great and the pockets and zipper are superior to Patagonia. Having pockets large enough to stuff hats, gloves, goggles etc. is a must in outdoor gear. In high winds the Frozen Sun has a far superior hood than Patagonia. I really like cuff design and it works well over gloves particularly when skiing. While not as compressible as, and heavier than the Outdoor Research or Patagonia micro puffs, but the trade off is that the Frozen Sun is much warmer. I think the lining adds warmth and wicks well but makes the Frozen Sun heavier and harder to stuff than other micro puff jackets. The Outdoor Research micro puff breaths the best, but I think it is due to the use of thin stretchy fabric on the sides and underarms that breathes great when moving but is not very warm when stopped or in high winds. Stitching and finish on the frozen Sun are all high quality and the jacket appears well made. Due to short (and no washings) time of use to date, I can't evaluate durability but it appears like this jacket will be in my pack for many years. I am 5'11" 162 pounds and the large fits perfect trim but not baggy and the jacket stays put when you raise the arms.