"Great soft shell for moderate to high activity"
Snowshoeing or snow hiking up in the Rockies can generate some good heat, especially on 30F days. I was looking for something simple, with good breathability, and somewhat wind resistant. This jacket is it. I went snowshoeing recently doing some decent uphill charges. My old combo of fleece and primaloft would have left me zipping and unzipping to maintain some small level of comfort. This time around I did a midweight fleece jacket (Pat. Cedars) and the Simple Guide Hoody and I was comfortable the entire time in 30F sunny, but breezy-windy, weather. There were good 30-40 mph gusts, and it barely cut through to the fleece. Mind you I was not toasty, but I wasn't cold, and more importantly not overheated when I increased my output. I have not tested this in wet weather, but it's a softshell so I have no expectations about waterproofing or even good water resistance, I believe I got what I paid for. Great jacket, even better if you can find it in a color you like and on sale.
I love this thing. I bought it for skiing and the fact that I can use it as outer layer when skiing. I got the small and it still has plenty of room to layer underneath. The sleeves have velcro at the ends, making it really easy to slip a down jacket underneath when it's ridiculous out. The hood is HUGE, fits easily over my helmet if I want it too. Keep in mind, this is a really lightweight soft-shell.
This is a great, minimalistic soft-shell. I'm 6' 1" 220 lbs with an athletic build. I tried both the L and XL and went with the XL so I could wear my R2 or nano-puff underneath. The hood adjusts well and I like the velcro cuffs stay put. This is a THIN jacket, so don't expect much warmth from the jacket alone. The DWR treatment is very good, along with breathability. If you are looking for something really wind resistant, this is probably not the right jacket for you. Very happy with the durability so far.
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