The Human Highlighter

Reviewed by Mountain Hound from Durango, CO on Friday, February 10, 2017
Really nice shell that is nearly perfect. Accurate per size chart through the chest and torso and the sleeves are just a touch long. I ordered size Large and am 6'1", 190lbs, 43" chest, and 35" sleeve. Fairly athletic fit without excessive fabric, but I still have room (barely) for my Rab Infinity Endurance down jacket underneath, which is a pretty substantial puffy short of big mountain expedition climbing , Only thing keeping it from 5 stars for me is the wrist closure. When wearing with mid-layers underneath or gloves, they are fine, but if you are wearing the jacket with only a baselayer, the sleeves will slide over your hands, even in the tightest position. This brings more attention to the fact that the sleeves are a touch long (long sleeves whould be great if you are a rock or ice climber, but that is not my gig really). It is a small annoyance, but at $450 retail, I want those details to be better. As far as using the shell, it is pretty solid. I am coming out of a Westcomb Neoshell, which definitely breathes a little better, but I was not impressed with the long term durability. The neoshell starts pilling similar to wool garments in high use areas after 1-2 seasons of use. Hoping this jacket holds up better with the small penalty on breathability. Runs hot for skinning up backcountry touring, but is nice for a day at the resort. Should be ok for multiday backpacking, though I prefer lighter options unless the forecast is calling for heavy precipitation. For a single do everything kind of shell, I think it is a solid choice, especially considering that I paid 1/3 of retail on STP. You just have to be ok with highlighter yellow, you will be easy to pick out of a crowd, for sure!
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