Cloudveil Wister Jacket
Fabric: Polartec Windbloc with hard surface
Price Paid: $125
I ordered the Cloudveil Gridlock and the Wister jackets to see how they compared. I wanted something to layer inside of my Cloudveil Spacewalk Jacket when traveling to cold countries in winter. The latter is my favorite jacket of all time, but that's another story.
I found the Gridlock fairly ordinary. Basically a 200 level fleece with a nobby exterior and pull cords at the bottom. Not terrifically handsome, though not terrible.
The Wister is a different story. It is clearly made for active wear. It is much more stretchy and flexible, goes on easier and goes under other things easier. Its venting stretch fabric at the pits works pretty well. Really comfortable. Something you can slip into and wear anytime.
Not that great looking. Not bad but not terrific, but that's not what it is made for. It's really made for cross-country skiing or something like that. I used it hiking and found it vented and dried well. Seems to be treated so it doesn't smell that much either.. though maybe that's more review than readers want.
Bottom line: buy the Wister. Much nicer.
Note that neither is terrifically warm. Just a good modest layer.
Price Paid: $140
I put this jacket on every morning during the winter, and don't usually take it off till I get home at night.
The smooth, "hardface" fabric is wonderful, as cat hair does not stick to it and it blocks the wind better than any other fleece I have ever worn. I can wear a long sleeve t-shirt and fleece pullover and be comfortable outside in 30 degree weather, and when it gets colder the smooth finish of the fabric makes it easy to throw on my shell or my primaloft jacket.
The fit is more relaxed than other more technical gear. The sleeves are longer than usual, but I flip in the cuffs and it works out well. This jacket does not taper much, but it does cinch down at the bottom on either side of the jacket, which is useful.
I do now know how well the Powerstretch fleece panels on the sides of the jacket will work in lieu of pitzips, so this may not be the jacket for everyone.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Cloudveil Wister Jacket is a stretchy fleece jacket that performs when you are at your highest output and functions similar to a soft shell jacket. The tight-knit Polartec Wind Pro fleece blitzes through chilly breezes on trail runs, road bike rides, or skate ski outings, and it also layers easily on deep powder days in the backcountry or at the resort. Polartec Wind Pro traps thermal heat and resists gusty wind due to a tight-knit construction, while Hardface material increases durability, smoothness and repellency at the slick surface. Functionality at a high performance level coupled with stylish lines make this a Cloudveil standout. Features Include: Lined collar, chin guard, chest pocket, hand warmer pockets with bonded reinforcement, Adjustable storm sealing hem and YKK Reverso zipper. Materials: Polartec Wind Pro. Weight: 17 oz.. Available Colors: Black
- Tahoe Mountain Sports refers to the men's version
The Cloudveil Wister Jacket is one jacket you'll be glad to have on virtually any jaunt in the wilderness from early fall through late spring. Made from Polartec® Wind Pro® with Hardface™ fleece the Wister Jacket layers smoothly, traps heat remarkably well and shed light moisture and wind gusts. The Wister Jacket is an incredibly good choice for everything from Nordic Skiing to bike commuting to mountaineering and walking around town. Cloudveil Wister Jacket Features: Polartec® Wind Pro® with Hardface™ fabric Lined collar Chin guard Chest pocket Hand warmer pockets with bonded reinforcement Adjustable storm sealing hem YKK® Reverso zippers
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
Ready to shed uncooperative weather on high-output winter days, the Cloudveil Mens Wister Fleece Jacket is a warm, stretchy fleece that dabbles in softshell-ism. The tight-knit Polartec Wind Pro fleece blitzes through chilly breezes on trail runs, road bike rides, or skate ski outings, and it also layers easily on deep powder days in the backcountry.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
CLOSEOUTS . The Cloudveil Wister jacket supplies plenty of wind protection and core warmth thanks to the gale-shedding power of Polartec(R) Wind Pro(R) fleece. Polartec(R) Wind Pro(R) fleece is 4x more wind resistant than traditional fleece Highly breathable, durable and water resistant Reverse YKK(R) zip with zipper garage Right zipper pull Zip chest pocket Zip hand pockets Elastic drawcord hem Length: 28” (based on Large) Weight: 1 lb. 14 oz. Fabric: Polyester Care: Machine wash/dry CLOSEOUTS . El Salvador.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version