Great price, amazing poncho feature...

Reviewed by Purldiver from New England on Monday, March 30, 2015
I am 115lbs, 5'3", and normally wear a size 2 US. I got a small and it was jut right to wear with a fleece underneath and keep mobility. An XS would have been too tight on my hips on my hourglass figure, and limited my arm movement too much. I like but don't love this coat. I kept it because I was tired of shopping. It is a good lightweight affordable shell with pit zips, which is what I was looking for. It isn't aces in function or style, but it does the job. For function, this is a better coat than the Marmot Precip. A little less nice for style.

Pros:
-Pit zips are 2-way and you can unzip all the way from the hem to your bicep turning the coat into a super airy rain poncho! (Extremely cool feature).
-Lightweight, minimal, packable, waterproof/breathable
-Well-made
-Great price from Sierra at $109.

Cons:
- Arm articulation isn't great. On a full cross-country ski stride the jacket lifts above your hip with every forward arm swing. This is surprising as pit-zip coats are meant for more aerobic activity and movement.
- Hood is too small. It does not extend far enough beyond face to protect in you in anything heavier than drizzle, and if you have a pony tail pushing the hood backward an inch it won't even cover your face. If it rains, expect to stare downward to keep your face dry. This is very surprising for OR, because as a brand they are generally less compromising in function. A good hood is the holy grail of a woman's shell.
- Collar/neck is somehow a little unflattering. Perhaps it is the industrial gray lining. I am not sure. Ho hum for style.
- Weird colors. None of them great for me. I got the red/rasberryish color. Its nice, but I have dearly loved versions of the Marmot Precip I have had in the past for the beautiful, versatile colors.
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