Good rain gear or emergency shell

Reviewed by Bad Brad from Sioux City, IA on Monday, November 11, 2013
I have had this shell for over a year and my wife has hers for even longer. It does what it is supposed to: keep the rain and wind out. Pockets are nicely sized, the overall fit of the jacket is nice on its own or with a midweight layer underneath. The pit zips are a nice feature, but can be a pain to open with one hand. It packs down nice and has been to the Caribbean with me. The only problem I have with this jacket is the breathability. It doesn't breathe worth a hoot when you're really moving. I know most shells in this range don't, but I soaked myself from the inside out in May wearing only a thin t-shirt baselayer underneath. If you sweat a ton or heat up quickly, this might be good for only an emergency shell. But if you aren't a super sweater, it may be the trick. Still a quality made piece for the price I paid.
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