Runs large, but seems like a great jacket

Reviewed by Matt B. from Texas on Thursday, October 1, 2015
Based on other reviews, I went with a smaller than normal size and it fits great. I'm 6'-5", 200lbs with a 36" sleeve length. While I normally wear a large jacket (or sometimes even an x-large to get adequate sleeve length), the medium is a great fit for me. The medium jacket "out of the box" weighed in at 13.1 oz. After removing the Mountain Hardwear store tag, keeping the "english" care instructions but cutting off the other languages as well as the warning label that states this jacket will burn if subjected to a flame, I got it down to 12.8 oz. While I would have preferred a lighter jacket, I was not comfortable going with a lighter fabric. I think the 20 denier fabric on this jacket will hold up better than the 7 denier - 10 denier used on the "ultralight" jackets.

The hood does not include a drawstring or any fit adjustment, but I knew that going in. I may add a channel to the hood for a small drawstring with cordlocks. The waist does include a drawstring and it is super easy to adjust with just one hand. I went with the Azul color, which after seeing in person, I would call royal blue. The photo on the website looks a little darker than the actual color, but I like it.

It's still a bit warm here in Texas so I can't speak to the warmth yet, or how it does at blocking wind. As usual, the STP price made it to hard to pass up. Looking forward to cooler weather and getting out on the trail.
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