An OK Vest
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Wheeler Canyon Ted from Ventura CA on Sunday, January 24, 2016
I usually love most Smartwool products but I was a little disappointed in this vest and sent it back. The front looks great and is probably very functional facing into wind or cold conditions as it is fairly thickly insulated, but the back and side panels are very thin stretchy material. Any wind from the rear would blow right through it and it would not keep your back very warm. The elastic strap waiste is sewn into the bottom and is not adjustable, and this along with the side and rear panel look like they would quickly stretch out in a short period of time. However, the thin panel material might be good to use as a running or hiking vest where your back would stay cool and allow sweat to evaporate out of your back. And lastly, the hand pockets have no zippers so there is no way to secure anything in them. I have a regular Smartwool PHD vest that I love and thought this would be similar, but this one is not for me.