User Review: Eddie Bauer Men's First Ascent BC-200 Jacket
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (Trailspace)
An ultralight rain jacket featuring an athletic fit and WeatherEdge Pro waterproof fabric tech. Unfortunately needed to re-waterproof the jacket after first use wet-through.
- Good fit
The first thing I thought about when I received this jacket was how light it was compared to my Marmot Oracle. This is a purebred rain shell though, so it should be this light. The jacket is still well appointed in pockets, smooth and waterproof zippers, and generous tail and hood cuts.
It is an athletic fit though, it will be tight around the torso, but has plenty of length where it counts in the sleeves and back when you're bending or reaching. Perfect for climbing. Also the material is not crunchy or stiff as will happen with some of the waterproof fabrics. It's very pliable. Though this may affect its durability in the long run.
The hood is large enough for a helmet and is still adjustable for when you're not wearing one. It was hook and loop at the cuffs as well as a kind of rubber material that seals against your wrist when you cinch the cuff down.
This jacket contains Eddie Bauer's WeatherEdge Pro fabric, which I think is the highest end of their WeatherEdge line. Unfortunately, on my first real test of the jacket in average rain and an 1.5hr hike, the jacket soaked through on the arms and shoulders. I was able to use the NikWax system and revive it. I have not had the chance to test it in a similar situation, but in more mild rain the water continues to bead and shed.
My most recent hike with this jacket was as a hard shell over my Uniqlo down jacket. It provides amazing wind protection and does a great job covering neck and wrist gaps from cold and wind seeping in. It definitely took the edge off of the 20mph gusts and 30 degree air.
Overall, I recommend this jacket. No jacket is completely waterproof, but I think for the weight savings and amazing fit, it's still worth its space in my pack.