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A more Complete Discription
on December 9, 2013
The Outer Jacket:
-Basically a thin polyester shell with a thin inner lining. There is no insulation fill - which could be good or bad depending on how you want to use it. However, because of the many pockets, there are lots of spots in the front there is more than 2 layers of lining between you and the shell
- The cuffs have a Velcro closer like most jackets, in addition the cuffs are elastic around the back which are supposed to help cinch to your wrists.
-There is a bungee line around the bottom of the jacket for closure, with 2 pulls on either side of the jacket at the bottom like most jackets.
- There is a pretty beefy zipper, with a storm flap on top of it which closes with Velcro. there is one snap at the top and another at the bottom of the zipper.
-The collar of the jacket is much thicker than the rest of it. It uses a fluffier fleece and seems like it might have a little bit of insulation fill.
-Behind the collar, is a removable hood. The hood is lined with a fluffy fleece (nice touch)
-2 zippers on either side and 3 snaps hold the liner in place, one at the neck and 2 at each wrist
POCKETS: (total 7)
2 hand pockets with storm flaps (pull up to close)(regular zippers)
2 chest pockets and 1 left arm pocket (pull up to close)(zippers with a water resistant shell that kinda closes around the zipper when its closed, often seen on snowboarding jackets, except that this isn't as rubbery as most)
1 inner left open pouch with no closure measuring approx. 9' x 9.5" (opening facing up)
1 inner right pocket 6" x 5" with a portion of the opening closed by velcro (opening facing out)
Misc Notes: I thought the selves were a little short for a large jacket, also the neck is just a little tight. Usually the water proofing on these budget winter jackets suck, but this one doesn't seem to bad - water beaded up pretty nicely. water will still come through the seems, and after a few washes expect water proof coating to disappear.
-one side has a hard (as in not stretchy) thin polyester peice of fabric covers the liner (this makes putting the jacket on easy!(if you wear this side on the inside) as it slides better than fleece)
-The other side typical fleece, soft and fluffy
-There does definitely seem (i can see some coming out at the seams) to be a synthetic insulation fill in this, its significantly warmer than a comparable fleece with no fill.
-no cinches or elastic anywhere
POCKETS: (total 5)
2 hand pockets on each side
1 left chest pocket on the fleece side with the same water resistant type zipper as the jacket chest pockets.
all zippers are fully metal
Bottom line: this is a very warm and versitile jacket for the price.
Recommended uses: Casual winter wearing, in mild to somewhat hard weather, mild winter adventuring, a one or two time snowboard/ski excursion.
This really is not a replacement for the features you would find on a ski/snowboard jacket (like a power skirt, or an over sized hood for a helmet, or a DWR coating, taped seams, or under arm vents) but considering its atleast half the price of a jacket like that, it might be as close as your going to get for the price.