REI Groove Jacket
Picked the jacket up at REI on sale. Overall the quality…
Fabric: Polartec Power Shield and abrasion-resistant nylon
Price Paid: 100$
Picked the jacket up at REI on sale. Overall the quality of the shell was fairly good the only real wear and tear I've seen is on the underside of both of the sleeves near the cuff but I wouldn't say it was much more then usual wear and tear.
It is a heavier soft shell along the lines of the Arc'teryx Hercules so ventilation wasn't that great on super active hikes but I will say it kept me warm with just it and my polar-tec power stretch well down into the low 40's.
Overall it's a fairly decent jacket I would buy again. Unfortunately though REI is no longer making this model.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The Groove soft-shell jacket is chock full of performance features you can count on in the field and will also appreciate in your urban endeavors. Made from Polartec Power Shield® this wind-resistant fabric lets moisture vapor escape to prevent overheating. The abrasion-resistant nylon outer face is highly water-resistant and sheds rain and snow keeping you dry in all but the heaviest of downpours. Soft polyester velour fleece inner face traps body heat for warmth. Four-way stretch allows maximum mobility and comfort. Integral hood's drawcord adjustment allows unhindered peripheral vision. Full-length, two-way zipper with interior die-cut storm guard; chin guard protects against zipper abrasion. Side and underarm gusset construction moves seams to a more comfortable location. Features a drop-tail hem and sleek, clean-finished contoured cuff construction. Features two hand pockets with sleek, reverse-coil zippers; welded chest pocket features a headphone exit portal. Hem can be cinched with one-hand-adjustable drawcords at both side seams.
- REI refers to the men's version