User Review: Arc'teryx Men's Easyrider Jacket
Before buying this jacket, you need to make sure that you understand what your needs are. This is the warmest of the Arc'teryx softshells. If you are going to be active in slightly chilly weather, this jacket is going to be overkill for the vast majority of people. However, for colder climates, this jacket cannot be beat. I used it for skiing this winter as an outer shell down to 5 degrees Fahrenheit with a wool baselayer and a windshirt underneath, and I was perfectly comfortable for the day.
Pros: loose, less technical fit allow for comfortable layering (the Gamma SV Jacket is too tight for me); snug wrist cuffs work well with gloves to keep cold air from working its way in; warm and wind resistant; easy to pull a shell over for really cold conditions.
Cons: high loft powershield isn't the easiest to slide on; not sure how water-proof this jacket is (not a factor for me personally); no pit-zips might limit range of use
Bottom line: I bought this jacket for cold weather activities and it has excelled for the past 3 months. While others have criticized the loose-fitting collar around the neck, I find this preferable to a jacket that is too tight. Typically one of my baselayers has a zip-up neck on it, and I have yet to have any problems with cold air getting in. I used to wear a Gore-Tex shell every time I went skiing, but the Easyrider Jacket is much more comfortable, and less bulky than an equivalent fleece/shell combination. Pit zips might be a nice addition, but so far I haven't missed them.