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Perfect hiking jacket for cool weather hikes. It appears…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Paying is traumatic, I block it out. Seriously I can never remember

Summary

Perfect hiking jacket for cool weather hikes.

Pros

  • Super lightweight
  • Just the right amount of warmth

It appears I got the newer model, which seems to be better fitting overall.  

The back and sleeves are substantial Smartwool knit, super stretchy, soft, and breathable.  The front is a sort of nylon taffeta quilted with generous amounts of wool insulation.  

The reason I like this one so much for hiking is that since my back is always against my pack, insulation there is not only useless, it also causes overheating and sweating. This jacket fixes that: the back and sleeves are basically a high quality cardigan. The front is where the weather hits me first so the windproof quilting and added insulation are just right, exactly where I need it.

The fit of the jacket is better than before: less boxy, more form fitting, but certainly not tight. iIt fits like a dream with my pack on. I don’t need to fiddle with adjustments just because I added a layer.  

At times when going uphill in the sun, I will sweat, but when I take it off and lash it to my pack, it dries in minutes. Fits under a rain layer no problem. Also fits under my Patagonia Nano Puff hooded pullover if needed.  

The collar could use some improvement: I would love to see a roomy crossover funnel neck on that thing. I have not worn it in the rain so I can’t speak about its water resistance, I believe Smartwool added a coating to help with that.  
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I have gone through gnarly trails and bushwhacked a ton in this. It doesn’t snag if it catches on vegetation.  

There are zippered handwarmer pockets. They do the job. Also the jacket packs easily, I shove it in any stretch pocket no problem.   

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Nice review, Lilia! Thanks for taking the time to share it. It looks like a nice looking jacket too.


4 months ago