User Review: REI Men's Revelcloud Hoodie Jacket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $80
This jacket has been good for casual, non-hiking uses and for long-distance hikes. Due to its weight and the effectiveness of its insulation, I wouldn't hesitate to take this jacket on any hike, though for extreme low temperatures it is obviously not enough on its own. I recommend buying it. This review is intended for the Men's version of this jacket, though I doubt there is any significant difference.
Fit & Comfort: The jacket fit my body well at the arms and torso. Its lightness and flexibility made it almost invisible to wear - accomplishing tasks while hiking was extremely easy.
Adjustability: There isn't much to adjust with this jacket. It's a simple design with three outer pockets that is fairly form-fitting.
Water resistance: It has reasonable water resistance. As an insulated jacket, I imagine it would take sustained contact with rain to soak through. However, I haven't put this to the test. I use it paired with a simple, lightweight rain jacket which helps to protect the weight and fit advantages of this jacket.
Breathability: As an insulated jacket, breathability is not the first thing I was looking for. Quite the opposite. This jacket holds heat extremely well.
Moisture: As an insulating jacket, its ability to wick is not relevant.
Warmth: The jacket holds heat well and was sufficient for keeping my arms and torso warm at temperatures as low as 40 degrees, though this also involved some level of activity (walking, setting up camp, etc). I wouldn't necessarily say it will keep you warm if you're sitting still in low temperatures for an extended period of time, but again, its lightness and fit make it really ideal as an inner-layer on top of other cold-weather clothing.
Layering: This jacket is ideally suited for layering.
Abrasion: While the jacket has not shown any abrasion, it does have a feel that it needs to be cared for somewhat. I wouldn't necessarily go rolling around in a pile of thorns with this jacket. Having said that, it accompanied me on a 70 mile thru hike where it was worn for six to four hours per day during camp set up and tear down and was perfectly fine. I wear it casually as well and it's still as good as new.
Functions: Zippers and pockets are convenient and easy to use. All pockets have zippers.
Ease of use: Extremely easy.
Features: Jacket collapses into a small stuff sack about the size of a softball. This is by far the best feature. When not wearing this jacket, you can make it virtually invisible in so far as it's extremely light and extremely small.
Durability: While I feel like it could potentially be damaged under stress, I've worn it quite a bit and it's still good as new. I recommend buying it and seeing for yourself.
Conditions: I've had it for about a year and taken it on strenuous hiking and also used it around the town. It's still as good as new.
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