very happy despite a couple shortcomings

Reviewed by T from Upstate NY on Monday, February 16, 2015
Outdoor Research products are very high quality, and I was happy to see this vest offered at STP. I ordered the dessert sunrise/mulberry and absolutely love the pretty, vibrant color. Per the size chart, I should probably be a M but taking the advice of other reviewers I ordered a S, and it fits perfectly. For reference, I'm 5'1", 34 A, ~120 lbs, and pear shaped. I've worn this out snowshoeing, and it is warm and comfortable.

A large reason for my choosing this vest was the hood, but unfortunately, the hood doesn't fit me very well. It's a little short and tugs a bit, which is slightly uncomfortable. And I cannot wear a hat underneath the hood because there just isn't any length allowance for it at all. At the same time, it is somehow not a close fit around my head and lets the wind and cold air in. If I try tightening it up, it closes in too much around my eyes and I can't see properly. I think if the hood were just an inch or so longer, it would be okay, but alas, the way it is, I get limited use out of it.

Also, zipped all the way up, it doesn't provide as much face coverage/warmth as my other vests and jackets, which is a disappointment. Overall, though, I still love it and would purchase again. I just have to be careful about the conditions I'm using it in. As a bonus, STP has an Outdoor Research down hat in the same color as this vest, so I ended up ordering that as well.
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