Concur with the 5 stars
Bought the Endo last year because I like the idea of a softshell with a heavy fleece, and thought I'd switch it out with a primaloft EMS Titan-like hoodie. For a pretty heavy season of ice climbing in the Catskills, the primaloft stayed on the shelf.
Surprisingly, the weight is nearly equal to a primaloft hoodie (1 lb 16 oz vos 1 lb 14) and the Endo softshell turns water, is extremely climbable (brought it to do the Lower Exum Ridge and switched as belay jacket - buddies loved it!), and the insulation in it doesn't get compressed like primaloft or down (sitting, leaning, harness).
Also it has a polyester fleece which is very nicely hydrophobic, and the nylon soft shell is super durable. Typically I wore it in all temps below 50 f. If it got colder, then a shell, and used a big down jacket when belaying. Only suggestion for improvement is pit-zips because no matter what temperature when going heavy aerobic, it got hot in there! But it breathes better than anything else that heavy, so I'm looking forward to another season in it.
Make sure you try it on because I wore a small in the Endo - 5 ft 9 in athletic, and I've only seen EMS making it!
I've had mixed luck with softshells over the years. Either they weren't wind resistant enough or not breathable enough. This jacket seems to have hit the mark. I've warn it skiing on mildish days (25-35 f.) with a bit of wind and it was perfect. I tend to sweat a lot and this kept the wet down quite a bit, allowing for comfortable high-energy performance on the way down the mountain and warmth on the lift going back up. The hood is very generously sized to fit over a helmet as well. I haven't had a chance to use it in the backcountry yet, but my expectations are high.
The fit is pretty good. I'm 5'10", 180lbs and the large fits nicely with room to spare for my camelback inside. I tend to prefer a trim fit (for skiing trees...) and the large is just a tad larger than I would like, but the medium was too snug.
My only wishes would be another pocket or two on the chest somewhere, and brighter colors (black is basically invisible in the trees...) Other than that, it's a great jacket.
Very nice softshell jacket. The fleece lining makes it warmer than typical softshells, with a comfortable temperature range (for me) from the 20's (with some layering) to the mid 50s. The fit is great, not to loose, not too snug, kind of an athletic nonbinding cut with some room for layering. I'm 5-10, 165 lbs and the medium fits me like it was tailored for me. I have long arms and the jacket sleeves are more than long enough. The only change tht I'd suggest to it is to shift the pockets down - they are positioned for accessibility when wearing a pack, but I'd rather have them positioned lower for more comfortable everyday use and give up a little when backpacking. Long term durability is still TBD but it seems like it's pretty sturdy and so far it's good.
Love this jacket
I have been looking for a great softshell for a while now, and specifically one that was not borring black. EMS finally came though with with two great colors, red and yellow so i got the yellow. The fit is nearly perfect and the interior is a lovely plush fleece that fives it just enough extra warmth. There is just enough room in it for an extra layer or two without getting to tight. Havent been able to test it yet in the rain or wind, so looking forward to that. The only negative i have to say is it needs another pocket, either on the inside or outside of the chest would be great. Pit zips would be a nice touch too.
great cold weather hoodie/jacket
I've been looking for about five years for a new softshell jacket to replace a very old and worn out EMS windpro fleece. Stumbled across this the other day and it is PERFECT. I am 5'10" 180lbs athletic build with very long arms (+5" ape factor) and it fits perfectly. Nice lining and the hood lays flat when not in use.
Also, it does not ride up your belly when you raise your arms = perfect for bouldering and climbing or for a cold weather commute on a road bicycle.
Expensive, but if I get the 8 years out of this jacket that I managed from the EMS jacket it replaced, it's worth the money.
Such an awesome soft shell. Great for everyday use or great for any cool to cold weather activity. Not too much jacket and still super warm. No wind or snow is getting through this one. I've only worn it in a little bit of rain so I'm not sure how it would hold up in a hard rain but water seems to bead off just fine. Awesome for spring skiing conditions and crazy warm if layered under a shell for cold days. The two pockets are huge so it would have been nice to have one smaller one on the inside, but over all I'm totally impressed and love this jacket.
Great winter hoody
Great hoodie for ice climbing. It's heavy enough that once it hits 40 deg. F, it can go it alone. It'll even turn dripping water while staying breathable. So it's a softer soft shell with great insulation and good breathability. The zipper brings the base of the hood up all the way over your chin, and the hood is super warm although everything gets very quiet. It's advantage over a primaloft layer is that it's not a sponge when you take off your shell, and it doesn't weigh in as much heavier. I was a little skeptical because only EMS is making it, but now I'm a believer.
Rugged and warm
Great cold weather soft shell. Well constructed and appears very durable. Feels a little heavy but is no heavier than a shell and a mid layer. Wind and water resistant but won't stand up to a downpour. Looks nice- molten red. Great for the cold and looks good in he city. The problem with all the superlight pertex shells are that they will tear if you hike in the brush. This fabric will take some abuse.Undersand no shell can do everything.
This is a nice jacket for cool weather. It has some insulation and is wind resistant so it works well in New England weather. It's especially nice in spring and fall when it can be raw and in the 40's. It repels rain nicely. I prefer the hood in the open position rather than rolled up and inserted into the Velcro enclosure so it doesn't bunch of at the neckline/collar area.
Great Jacket-lightweight and warm
Great lightweight jacket-----Very comfortable, only complaint is when wearing hood the top edge hangs partially over your eyes and have to keep pulling it out of my line of sight-Beyond that its perfect, Very warm and comfortable and nothing sticks to it like most fleece jackets where everything is static clung to them.