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Best light-weight jacket for business travel I've ever had.
on December 16, 2012
I bought this jacket for international business travel. In my work I don't have to wear suits on customer visits so I have more options for outerwear. I needed a jacket that was light and thin for packing in my luggage and take up minimal space in the messenger bag I carry with me during the work day. It needed to keep me dry and reasonably comfortable in summer rains and turn back the wind and hold in the warmth in the spring and fall.
This is jacket has done everything I needed it to do in wet Asian summers and cool European springs. In all black it looks great without being too technical or outdoorsy for business wear.
In warm weather the pit zips, the net fabric pockets, the two zippers, the Velcro points and snaps on the storm flap and sleeves all help dump heat during the rain while keeping you dry. It keeps you from marinating, but if you have to be active in hot, wet weather, say walk six blocks in light rain you will sweat in the jacket a bit as there is no large horizontal caped-vent across the back like golf or biking jackets. But if the choice is sweat or get soaked I'll take the former.
In the fall and spring this is an effective windproof outer layer. If you have a good sweater, neck gaiter, light weight gloves and a watch cap you can be comfortable in this into the 40's - IF you're walking. If you're standing around for 15 minutes waiting for a train or bus the low-end of comfortable is in the 50's with or without rain. In both cases the fold away hood really helps keep out the chill. If you expect to deal with temperatures below that, the jacket's length and lack of insulation mean you'll need to pack something warmer. The side pockets are big enough to store the gloves, neck gaiter and hat so you can take them with you. I've also used it over a T-Shirt on a nice, cool summer night on the waterfront.
Buy your size. The jacket is designed to allow for a fleece vest or sweater as a mid-layer and it gives the room to do that. The hood is big enough to fit over a watch cap or a baseball cap, but not a bike helmet. The pocket on the upper left arm is a handy place for holding rental car keys or room keys. You can also use it as a water resistant place to stow your cell phone, Bluetooth headset or camera for quick access. Unlike other reviews, I like the wrist closures, haven't had a problem with them.
I've put a couple of hard years on this jacket with no tears, scuffs or obvious wear. It is holds up to abuse. It still looks great.
As good as it is I'd like to see improvement in these areas:
* While the jacket is long enough to cover the hem of a sweater, it could be about two to three inches longer to give more wind protection.
* The pit-zips unzip from the elbow toward the armpit, it should unzip from the armpit toward the elbow. This would allow more effective dumping of body heat with a partial unzipping and make it easier to unzip.
* The collar has a great soft lining that keeps the cold nylon off the neck when it's chilly, that lining should be in the pockets between the nylon and your hands, which would act as nice hand warmer and keep the cold nylon of the hands when it is chilly.
* A bi-fold back to give more ease of movement in the shoulders when wearing over a fleece layer.
* Subtle light reflecting points on the back, both arms and front.
I'd buy another one in a heartbeat if I were to misplace this jacket. I'd recommend it to anyone that wants a light, waterproof and windproof jacket for hiking, adventure travel and business travel.