Excellent soft shell- new favorite

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Rick the ski addict from CA on Tuesday, November 29, 2016
I ordered this jacket along with the Marker Freel, with the intention of keeping one or both. The Freel was just meh, just another ordinary hard shell, so it went back, while the Pumphouse impressed me with its soft feel and good looks. I skied in it (resort skiing) 6 days so far, and it is now my favorite. I thought I would use it only on warmer days since Neoshell is not completely wind proof- that's the tradeoff for its excellent breathability- but it did just fine on cold windy chairlift rides as well. My other jacket, which is a hard shell with 20k breathability rating (compared to the Pumphouse 10k rating), is now 2nd fiddle since it doesn't breath as well. Go figure.
Pros:
1. Very breathable fabric. I run hot skiing down, and cold on the ride up. The Neoshell lets sweat escape so layers underneath don't get soaked.
2. The high collar covers my neck and mouth on the cold windy chairlift ride back up.
3. Build quality is excellent, and the color looks great. I got the Orange.
4. Pocket placement is perfect. Sleeve pocket holds ski pass, and the other pockets hold cell phone and other essentials. Hand pockets double as vents.
5. Trim fit.

Cons:
1. Hood needs to be bigger so it will stay put over a helmet.
2. No inner sleeve with thumb holes - these would be nice for added warmth, and to prevent the sleeve from riding up in case of a nasty slide down a steep icy slope.

Sizing: I am 5-6", 130 lb, with shoulders, no gut, and the small fits great, with room for layers; enough room in the shoulders and not too baggy in the gut like many other jackets.
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