Functional cut, softer touch shell than I expected

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Josh from San Francisco on Wednesday, February 8, 2017
I bought this jacket primarily for the waterproof shell, but also to have another fleece layer in rotation. When assembled fully, this is a warm, comfortable jacket for colder weather. I run warm, but would rate this full setup comfortable down to freezing temps with a regular long-sleeve shirt on underneath.

The Fleece:

The fleece component of this jacket is no-frills and is somewhat disapopinting due to the lack of features and slightly boring cut. Slightly shorter cut on the waist, fleece internal fabric on the body, and slick nylon fabric in the sleeves. Fleece on the outside. Comfortable but nothing special.

The Shell:

This is the best part of the jacket. The fabric is waterproof and breathable, and lightweight. But it has a much softer touch than other waterproof shells like the Marmot Precip or Patagonia Torrentshell (both of which I also own). This gives it a less-technical feel and appearance and a more work-casual look. This is really nice for someone looking for an inconspicuous technical layer to wear over work clothes or around town.

As another reviewer mentioned, the cut of this coat is a bit longer than the average shell, which to me is important for a rain jacket. It provides great coverage over work clothes but can also function as a ski jacket.

I took away 1 star because the fleece layer is cheap and doesn't match the quality of the shell.

Note: this is not the same as the Ridgetop jacket by Marmot sold elsewhere. This Ridge is a less-technical piece and is likely an STP-exclusive product like many of the items on this site.

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