Perfect Jacket for layering
I purchased an older model of this jacket in early 2012 for use on a 5 day trek in Patagonia. It works PERFECT in a typical layering system as an insulation layer. A base layer, a long sleeve shirt, this jacket, and a waterproof shell can be adapted for most environments. I wore all of the above to go sledding in Colorado in February in the middle of the night and was toasty warm. I wore only this jacket and the water-proof shell for two weeks backpacking in Europe in October.
The jacket is very light and easy to compress, so I ended up using it as my daily jacket in Los Angeles. It's too hot for jackets during the day, but bike rides home in the winter are chilly. Also with warm weather hiking, I still bring it for emergencies because it is so light.
On it's own, the jacket is not equivenlent to a winter jacket. It's a medium warmth. It's usually too hot for any strenuous activity. It does a great job cutting out the wind and seems to be water-resistant, though I have never really tested it in the rain.
Very pleased with this jacket!
After about 3 weeks I'm very pleased with this jacket--it's very lightweight and comfortable, about as warm as a medium weight sweater but more windproof, is going to work well for layering, nice color (turquoise jungle) and stitching, and compresses into it's own pocket for travel.
My complaints apply to many items, not just this one: it is sized for a tall skinny person and I'm short and average (not overweight). Thus, the sleeves are too long, so when I put my arms in, the lining slides out over my hands. I've solved this by carefully stitching through all layers from the inside of the sleeves, from the cuff upward for a few inches, following the exterior stitching--it works! Also, it's a bit too snug at the hips but I'll have to live with that.
The value was good compared to others I saw, so I'm happy.
Love it; lightweight, warm
I love the lightweight feel and the stitching design--not boring :). I hate bulky, heavy jackets that restrict movement. Most comparable jackets are ridiculously expensive, so this is a great buy for what you get. It's great with a thin layer underneath for below 30 and by itself between 30-40 degrees. You could also wear it under another coat because it's so thin. I haven't tried it in wind and rain yet, only had it about a month. Seems durable though :). The only thing I would prefer is a more durable inside pocket lining; I always put my hands and keys in pockets and I wear them out, so I imagine I will in this jacket eventually. That's a design feature we need badly (hint hint REI ;)).