Surprisingly warm for thin jacket!
This is a great jacket. It is incredibly warm considering how light and thin it is. I was looking for something heavier but it turns out this thin jacket was about as warm as I needed. It's the warmest jacket I own and I don't plan to need much more than perhaps an outer shell for Minnesota winter. I wanted it for times I'd be standing around in the cold, and it's so thin and light it's easy to layer over and under. I wear lighter jackets for active wear, but I've worn this on a couple bike rides to work in 10-20 degree weather and it's not terribly hot, I do sweat a little but I only go a mile and a half.
The first weekend I owned this jacket I put it to the perfect test: I wore it to a Green Bay Packer game at Lambeau, for the coldest game on record in the past decade. With a base layer and shirt underneath and a (Vikings!) jersey on top, it was warm enough until the 3rd quarter when I had to add an outer shell. Then the overtime got a little chilly, but it's possible that 3.5 hours of standing still in the shade at 10 degrees will do that no matter what you wear.
This jacket is very comfortable as the arm joints articulate nicely for full range of motion without pulling the jacket up or binding across the back. It is shorter than average in the body which I like because I am short too. The sleeves are longer than average, much longer than they should be for a jacket with a body this short (by at least two inches). Now that I am convinced it's a great jacket, I am going to have a tailor shorten the sleeves, then it will be perfect!
Warm, Light, Packable, PILLOW!
Great jacket. I am always cold, and being in Norway, I was tired of it. I had bought a soft-shell that I really like, a Marmot and have several fleeces. They just were not warm enough, plus a little bulky. So I got this. For it's weight, it is very warm. It is almost like not wearing a jacket at all, plus it fits perfectly under another jacket as a layer, not bulky and the fabric is like a liner, so it just slides under the outer jacket no problem. For me, it could be a little warmer, but that would mean a little more bulk, so it is good enough. Keep in mind that I went from wearing a base layer thermal or waffle shirt, polar tech 200 fleece vest, fleece jacket, and soft-shell. Now, in the same weather (about -10 to 0 Centigrade) just shirt, this jacket and soft-shell (sometimes sans soft shell) If it drops below -10 I might put on a fleece vest or jacket, and it is still about the same bulk but with twice the cold rating. Oh, and stuff the jacket outside in with the built in pocket (backside) and you have a great pillow. Worth the money.
Of note: previous version was critisized for upper body restriction at arms and shoulders. This has been redesigned and I have no problem moving. I am 6'2 with a 44 inch chest and long freaking arms. A large fits perfect.
Got the oregano colored jacket off the clearance rack today. Was looking for a light weight packable puffy that could roll into it's own pocket. This thing fits the bill perfectly. It's very warm after an hour outside my house at 50 degree weather with only a t-shirt underneath. My only problem is before I even took the tags off I grabbed the adjustable waist cord and it broke off inside the jacket. I talked to a clothing person at the REI I bought it from and she said they sell a lot of these jackets and if there was a systemic flaw she would know about it. C/S as always is great and I will get a replacement next week.
If you've never worn a puffy like this type I'll tell ya, after an hour or so of wearing it you almost completely forget you are wearing a jacket. The shoulders move around nicely and super light weight. I went with a large so I can layer under it if needed. It's not too big to layer over either. I'm short, 5'8''-ish with a bit of a belly and the XL was just too bulky. this is comfy in my chest and lower. Sleeves are probalby 2'' too long for me but just cinching them up works perfectly and it' not like it looks like I have a bunch of extra material on my arms. Great jacket at a much more reasonable price point than the big name brands.
Would definitely buy again.
It's 22 degrees F, feels like 9 degrees with wind chill currently. I wore this coat with only a button up dress shirt underneath and was warm enough to walk around outside for 10-15 minutes. For longer exposure at this temp or colder you will need an outer layer. At 30 degrees F and up the coat has been more than warm enough on its own.
The wind proofing advertised is accurate. Has held up to winds in the 10-30 mph range. Haven't tested its upper limit.
The draw string hem at the waist helps seal in the warmth. This is essential for me as I need an XL to fit my shoulders, even though the body is too big for me. Draw cord solves all those issues.
Bought as a base layer to go under my gortex shell for skiing out west. It packs small and light so I can throw it in my camel back if I get too warm on the slopes.
Perfect for those who travel by plane often. I fly every week and this coat packs down into a tiny pillow that I use to sleep with on the plane, yet it is extremely warm.
Bought the previous version of this jacket during the Christmas sale. I liked it so much I bought a second one because they're so versatile. Originally I bought it to use as a layer under my bicycle jacket in colder weather but I soon found out that it works almost too good. It really holds in the heat during exercise so it better be pretty cold out when you wear this if you're doing any cardio. I bought the second jacket to wear for casual because it's so thin and layers under another coat so well. The reason I gave it four stars is that there is very little wind protection to this jacket. It can be worn by itself on cold days if there is no wind. I have yet to wear it in wet weather. K
Another thing I like about this jacket, because it has very little bulk, you can stuff it next to you in a movie theater or some other place where there is no coat hook.
If the newest edition of this jacket is as good as the last then I believe you'll be satisfied with your purchase.
Versatile, comfortable jacket
I bought this jacket on a bit of a whim and I am so glad that I did. It works great as an mid-layer if it's really cold outside. But honestly, I use it as my go-to runaround jacket for a variety of temperatures. Go out when it's sub-freezing with a flannel underneath or use it when it's 60*F out over a tee-shirt just as comfortably.
I found the fit to be 'athletic.' I'm 6'-2", around 200lbs and the Large fits me well. The sleeves go to my wrist bone and the waist stops right at belt level.
I bought the green color and the calmness of the darker green is pretty subdued while the neon zipper lining really makes pops out to give it some flair.
I love that it packs into itself pretty easily and packs down pretty small. It doubles as a decent pillow when needed.
I chose this jacket over the Patagonia down version that everybody-and-their-mother already has and I couldn't be happier.
I bought this jacket on a whim at REI for a trip to South Africa. In addition to casual wear, I have also taken this jacket hiking, safari and many other adventures. It's comfy, soft and surprisingly warm for being so light weight. It conveniently packs away into a small pillow shaped square for whenever I want to put it aside. The pillow conversation was more than awesome on the plane ride! My only critique of this jacket is that I have had the pocket zippers snag consistently, which is really annoying since I want to get stuff from my pockets out and in quickly. The snagging had actually caused a tear in one of the pockets. Other than that, I have been wearing this jacket every day since I landed in South Africa - it's winter here right now and this jacket has been keeping me plenty warm!
excellent lightweight outer shell
I bought this jacket on the recommendation of the REI staff person. I am delighted with my purchase. It's lightweight, warm and compressible. It serves as a second or third layer of clothing in cold weather. I can easily wear it over a capilene long underwear top and a Patagonia RI pullover. I'm 6 feet tall and 180 pounds and the large size fits perfectly. One thing I really like is how it compresses into a small stuff bag that provided with the purchase. It takes up very little room in my backpack. A small pocket on the chest holds the stuff bag. There are 2 ample size waist pockets with zippers that can hold things or you can put your hands inside. I give the Revelcloud jacket two thumbs up. It will be a part of my gear for a long time to come.
Wow, almost like a magic trick
Took out my Primaloft jacket first time this week and all I can say is wow! Wore it on a 6.5 mile walk with just a L/S very thin dri fit type shirt. Did not feel a bit of cold or wind in 39-40 degree windy weather. I was kinda skeptical at first, how could something this light be warm, but it is magic and it really works.
The pack moves around more when on this jacket vs. any type of shirt or shell. Not a biggie but you will need to keep that mind when adjusting straps.
**If you are in the market and don't have tons of cash definitely go with the REI version vs. any of the other brands**
More than a down sweater
This thing packs down to a very portable size. I've only had it a few weeks - but have already been through a few temperature extremes - and used it mostly as an insulating under layer - which it excels at.
It's not bulky at all, which fits it into the "sweater category" butt he use of primal oft as opposed to down makes it more useful IMHO.
It's stylish enough to be worn as a primary coat - but once the weather dips below 40, it's compact enough to become the under layer - especially on a cold rainy day like today - where it complements my Mountain Hardware rain coat - without adding bulk or limiting motion.