User Review: Outdoor Research Revel Jacket
Fabric: Pertex 2.5
Price Paid: $103
I got an '09 model recently for a July family trip to Glacier N. P. and packed it for my Grinell Glacier Trail dayhike. It was used for the entire upper elevation (over 5,800') portion of the trail as conditions eventually deteriorated. A Smartwool microweight tee was the only other clothing that I wore on top.
The Revel's torso-flo vents easily allowed me to dump sweat. This jacket also nicely sealed up to prevent drafts from over-cooling while at the glacier portion of the trip as cold, windy drizzle was encountered. My daypack's straps also helped.
The Revel is also much quieter than either Gore-Tex or Marmot's Precip, especially in the cold.As I am 6' 1" and a husky 255lbs., I got a 2XL for layers, yet it still doesn't feel baggie and only weighs 15 oz. Lastly, I like the trim hood design as it can handle caps or beanies and not swallow my head, which is sized 7 1/2.
I can't say much about long term yet, but as rough as I treated the Revel, it still looked nice for the next day on a drive to a Canadian chalet. It is not an expedition shell, but will do nicely for 95% of most peoples needs. This is my new favorite shell as I got a Reflexa for my teen daughter.