Great Jacket

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Fly Fisherman from Kentucky on Saturday, June 4, 2016
It's hard to find anything negative to say about this jacket. For Gore-tex, it's light. I used it once already fishing in the rain, and I stayed completely dry, except for a little sweating. That's the trade off for good waterproof protection, but it's preferable to getting soaked. The colors in this model (two-tone orange) look nicer in person. It has the exact same specs as another, more expensive Marmot model, but I could see no functional difference. I night-fish for catfish, and they tend to bite well when it's warm, dark, and rainy. Lesser, lighter materials/finishes lose their waterproof properties after a while, and water eventually soaks through. Now, I can comfortably fish right on through a rainy night with this jacket and a pair of gore-tex pants or waders. These bright colors do show dirt, so I'll be cleaning this thing more often, but it's primarily a piece of functional gear for me, rather than a fashion statement. Other reviews complain about the short length of the jacket. It's designed this way on purpose for active use (hiking, fishing, etc.). If it were long, it would restrict movement too much for hiking/climbing, as well as fishing. When you're going to be caught in a significant rain for any length of time, you need rain pants or waders to go with any waterproof jacket. That's life. I'm 5'10", 170 lbs, 34" sleeve length, 33" waist, and 15.5-16" neck. The Medium was OK in the width with only a thin shirt underneath, but for more active wear and layering, the large fit better (especially in the shoulders for casting while fishing). I gave the Medium to my 13 year old son. He can grow into it. Be aware, the sleeves are long in both the Medium and Large, but the velcro adjustments take care of that. For a quality Gore-tex item, with discounts, STP's prices can't be beat. This thing should last me at least 10 years of heavy use, maybe 20. I got 10 years out of cheap, $25 dollar nylon packable rain jacket with DWR finish, giving it a touch up spray coating every few years. Now, to find a similarly priced pair of Paclite Gore-tex pants! Those waders get a little too hot on steamy summer nights, even in a steady rain.
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