The material is good. Light weight, and pretty waterproof. It is not 100% waterproof as the seam is not seal. I put it under tab water and it repel water really good. It is warm, and so far the ventilation is good, but I haven't get a chance to wear while doing outdoor activities. I don't like the shinny like fleece under it but it is comfortable. If something less shinny is used it will be better. It is not 100% windproof, but it block maybe 75% of wind. I am 5ft 8, 175lb and a M fit me well (The L also fit me without being too loose). I can layer a fleece (not too thick), and a t-shirt under it. I wear this as my daily winter jacket. This (+fleece layer) seem enough for a windy, -5C snowing day. Without the fleece layer I can wear this jacket+tshirt in a 0C snowy day (no wind). If I need added warm and 100% waterproof I put on a Helix Jacket on top of this. Disclaimer: I am a 'warm' person, I usually feel comfortable with a temperature about 5C lower than people around me.
The hood fits well for my big head, block most wind and add warm. But I don't think it has space for helmet. The hood design, did not fit as good as some other EMS jacket (I like the Deluge Jacket's hood). The polartec material is strechy and have a great feel to it. It is, pretty lightweight for a jacket that provides this much warm. I will be only buying softshell jackets from now on. Hope EMS will come out with more jacket designs (and more colors) with this Polartec material.
Minor issues: The seam around the wrist kind of loose. The pockets, I think can be a little bit deeper downward, but the location of the pocket is good. I don't know if this is possible, but if they can seal the seam and make it fully waterproof this will be a really great jacket. I would also like a women version of this jacket so I can get one for my girlfriend.
I was seconds shy of buying an Arctery'x Hyllus jacket, but saved $200 and bought the Fader instead (it is near identical)! I was reluctant to spend almost $200.00 on the Fader, however have not regretted it once since owning the jacket! The Power Shield O2 material ROCKS, and provides solid wind resistance, and a super comfy fleece backer. The DWR from the factory is "ok" at best, but after a bottle of Nik-Wax soft-shell direct, this jacket is near perfect. Layered under a light shell (Helix for me), I was comfortable on a day hike through the grand canyon... in the snow! My only real gripe is that I find myself trimming a lot of loose strings around the cuffs and collar... no biggie, but annoying.
I would really like to see the next iteration of this jacket be made available with Polartec's new NeoShell fabric, and seam taped (i.e. WP softshell... ahem); I think EMS would have a real winner!
Good jacket, but it has flaws
I got this jacket during one of the 50% off deals EMS had this winter. I'm 5'9", 155lbs and it fits great. I was looking for a soft shell with fleece lining and this was the best I could find. After wearing the jacket almost everyday for the last 4 months, I still like the fit and the materials they used. But...the zippers are terrible. Both hand pocket zippers get stuck all the time. Today I broke one of the zippers trying to get it un-stuck. Not sure why EMS put such a great jacket together and then tried to skimp on the zippers. Also, the pocket on the sleeve is worthless. I would much rather have a napoleon pocket.If you can get this jacket for 50% off, buy it. But for [$], the frustration of having your zippers get stuck every day isn't worth it.
Great multi funtional jacket
I don't like writing reviews, but I thought this jacket deserved one. If it fits you right it's a great jacket. IM 5' 10 and 165lb and wear a medium. I have used this skiing and backcountry. The fit is great and provides a nice athletic fit that streches. The best part of this jacket is the wind resistance. It blocks about 90% out but still allows for some flow to cool you down when working. I would say it is on the warmer side and good as an outer layer down to about 20-25. I carry a superlight gortex shell and when you throw on a light shell it is the perfect combination.
highly reccomend this jacket, just compare it to the competiton and the price can't be beat.
Pretty close to perfect
I am really impressed with the quality of this jacket. It's thick and has good material, especially for the price.
The only thing I would change is the arm cuffs could really use some velcro to adjust/tighten them up. The arms of the jacket are a little longer than I expected but that's a plus for me. The softshell isn't waterproof but rain does bead up nicely on it and doesn't soak through, so it's good for light rain but obviously not made to be waterproof.
It's designed for cold-weather action and it works great for snowshoeing and other movement activities. I can still reach the pockets even with a backpack waist band. The fleece lined hood is really cozy.
Awesome Soft Shell Jacket!!
I have been looking for a hooded soft shell for a couple years now and the EMS fader Jacket finally fulfilled my need!! I am 5'10" 155-160 lbs and chest size 39" and the medium fits great. I tried both a small and medium to be sure I found the best fit and found the medium to be the right one. It's perfect in the 40 degree range, very warm, the fleece lining is very comfortable and keeps you warm but still breaths well. If you have the chance definitely check this jacket out, you won't be sorry!!
This is a great jacket. It provides tons of wind resistance and is very form fitting. At 5 11" and 165 lb. the medium fit perfect. The jacket is great for any cold weather activity were you are in motion. I compared this to some other jackets with the powershield O2 and this jacket is as good or better. You can throw a shell over it with ease, when the weather turns nasty. great jacket.
Only improvement would be some better waterproofing
This is a great jacket. I don't think it's worth the initial price tag of [$], but I got it at half that, so it's quite a deal. It's not as warm as I would have liked, so dress in layers. It does a pretty good job of blocking most wind, and will bead up a light rain.I love the lined hood and pockets. Wish it had a double zipper though for sitting/car riding, etc. It looks great!
Great Jacket. The soft shell surprisingly causes water to bead fairly easily. The cuffs near the wrist can be tight, but that is an intentional design to allow a glove to fit over. I have been wearing this jacket for the last 2 months through the winter and now into the New England "spring". The jacket performs great for those days where it is kinda raining/kinda snowing.
The inside fleece loft is really soft, but it's not super thick so this jacket is best for active use. I wish the sleeve cuffs were adjustable and that the hood had a cinch in the back - instead it only tightens at the front. I have the navy blue jacket, but the color is much darker (closer to black then blue) than the photo online shows