User Review: Wild Things Epic Hooded Windshirt
Fabric: Epic woven polyester
Price Paid: $96
This jacket, like windshirts in general, need to get more attention from consumers. They offer most of the weather protection of a hard shell, but their greater breathability makes them wearable in a much wider range of temperatures and exertion levels.
I have used this jacket for more than a year in a wide range of conditions. You might want to also read my review of the Wild Things Epic Halfzip Windshirt - a garment to which I award 5 stars. Many of those comments apply to this jacket, and potential buyers should read that review for more detail on the Epic fabric, but I only award the hooded version 4 stars for these reasons.
-- Workmanship Issue: Unraveling edging and loose threads. The cut and assembly of the jacket are somewhat sloppy.
-- Oddly enough, the jacket is overfeatured for the fabric. The fabric is thin, light, and has a very soft hand. It wrinkles and sometimes snags under the force needed to slide the waterproof zippers. The jacket really "wants" to be lighter and more minimal, which describes the halfzip version.
It's worth noting a sometimes handy feature. The waist pocket construction results in a open vertical pockets on the inside of the jacket - pockets that are surprisingly large. They can take a surprisingly large trail map without inconvenient folds.