I received my DaKine Clutch Jacket (Pacific) approximately two weeks ago, and upon opening it, I knew it was the "one." I've owned both Volcom and Columbia jackets and couldn't be more content with this purchase.
It does run a little baggy, but not too much considering I'm only 5'6" 150-160lbs.
I tried a size SM first, but when zipped up it was snugged from my upper back to mid-back when crossing my arms over each other (as if hugging). When raising both arms, the length on the arm of jacket slid down to my wrist-watch which I didn't feel comfortable with.
I then ordered a size M. Upon zipping it up, it felt more roomy everywhere. My upper to mid-back was not snugged at all, both arms raised up (length of sleeve rested right at my wrist) which is more comfortable. Considering my height/weight, the length of the jacket on the backside sits in the middle of my okole (butt - in Hawaiiain).
Overall, this jacket is a must have if you're looking for great protection, quality, and style. I hope my review will help others in making the right decision, that's going Dakine!
Broke my elbow riding this spring, so the season is over for me. Bought the jacket for next season, but I figured I'd post a review since their wasn't one yet. I've had tech jackets (arcteryx) and stylish jackets (sessions), but always wanted the best of both worlds. This one kinda does the job. It seams like quality fabric, not quite as light as a technical shell, but definitely looks tough, waterproof, and flexible. I'm stoked to have an mp3 pocket (my arteryx didn't have one) but probly didn't need two interior pockets. I'm 5'-11", 165 lbs with somewhat longer arms. I bought the large and it looked stupid big on me. Whiskey was cool and let me return it for a medium, which is still not as fitted as my other tech shells but that's ok. Only bummer is the hand gators don't fit. I also am not a huge fan of the separate hood/collar situation. Maybe it functions good in a storm, but it doesn't look as good as a normal hoody style hood IMO.
It's a great shell. No water got in when I used it on rainy/snowy days (even when snow was building up on it and melting), and I was never clammy inside after a hard run. The feel of the outer is a really nice durable stretch.
Being just a shell, you need to layer up if you run cold. It doesn't do much to stop the cold coming in (though it obviously breaks the wind).
The fit is pretty baggy. I'd normally be somewhere between M and L, but due to availability, I tried my luck with an S. While a little shorter than ideal, I can layer quite a lot under it. An M would have been a better length but would be getting a bit floaty.
Prior to purchasing this jacket I noticed that the image for the black jacket was different than the other colors shown and appeared to be last years model of the Dakine Clutch Jacket. So I jumped on the expert chat and asked about it. The so called gear expert "Jeremy M." assured me that all of the different colors of the jacket were the same so I went ahead and ordered it. Low and behold when my order arrived I discovered that the black jacket they had sent me was in fact last years model of the Dakine Clutch Jacket that matched the image on the website. I'm not too surprised about the gear expert not knowing what he was talking about but what bothered me was that for whatever reason Backcountry.com is trying to pass last years product off as the current model and charge top-dollar for it as well. As for the jacket, it's great if you want last years product in black, otherwise I would suggest ordering a different color. I returned mine and ordered from another retailer.