Nice breathable lightweight rain-resistant windbreaker. Runs large?!

Reviewed by Amber from Colorado on Saturday, January 23, 2016
I was really surprised when I tried this on and discovered it runs large, given the "trim fit" in the title and the reviews elsewhere I'd read (though those were all about the men's version). I usually wear a M and this fits more like a L. I compared the width to two other jackets, EMS and TNF, and it's larger than their M. This is not a bad thing though, since it gives you more room for layers underneath making it more versatile.
This is a nice water-resistant very lightweight shell. Most of the material is super thin and a bit stretchy (never seen anything like it before) with a water-resistant coating. It's not going to stand up well to a thru-hike or living in the Pacific Northwest. The shoulders and hood are thicker and more waterproof than the body & arms. I sweat like crazy so I'm always worried about a lack of pit zips and breatheability. The "hybrid" construction of this jacket makes it very breathable.
So far I've only used it on two hikes: one in a cold drizzle and one in sleet. Despite the sleet being heavy it didn't soak through either type of fabric. I wasn't 100% dry after 6+ hours on either of those hikes, but I was quite dry, not sweaty and clammy, and definitely warm.
I've never had a top of the line hard shell, but this jacket performs similarly to my mid-price waterproof rain jacket (which has pit zips but is not too breathable). I'd trust my waterproof rain jacket more in the rain forest, in a super wet climate, or for a backpacking trip with all-day-long rain forecasts. I'd choose this one for an area with a day or two of rain or scattered showers, to bring up a mountain for wind protection, or for general use in an overall warmer & muggier climate (Florida).
Overall at STP prices this is a wonderful piece to get and carry everywhere!
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