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Jack Wolfskin Traverse Jacket

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo: Jack Wolfskin Traverse Jacket soft shell jacket

Warm, comfortable, windproof and water repellent. Great for use in a three-layer setup.

Pros

  • Design
  • Pockets
  • Breathability
  • Windproof
  • Comfortable design
  • Detachable hood

Cons

  • At first the hood might seem a little complicated to attach/remove

Fit & Comfort

Fits very well, and gives a lot of freedom of movement.

Adjustability

Can be adjusted on the wristbands, the waist and in the hood. I usually only adjust the waist in order to lift it up a little when using it on the rain under my J-W's Highland as a three-layer setup.

Water Resistance

It's water-resistant, and after several washes, it's the same as new.

Breathability

As a soft shell it breathes superbly. I remember putting my old iPod shuffle with the clip on the cover of one of the chest pockets and see how many water got collected on the back of it. All the moisture goes out of the jacket and dried by the air.

Moisture

As mentioned above, all the moisture goes out and away from your skin.

Warmth

This is from the Alpine Jacket's line, so as you'd expect, it is warm, but not so much that you can't use it when doing activities. If you're just standing still for a long period of time, you'll appreciate wearing a merino first layer, or so.

Layering

Great for use as a second layer.

Abrasion

I've been thru dense bush with thorns and covering my face with the arms, and has very little wear. Comes with extra abrasion covers on key places, such as the shoulders, the elbows and the waist for the backpack.

Function

Two very large side pockets on the waist, two large on the chest and one very useful on the left arm for your cell phone, GPS, etc. The hood goes attached by a zip and two push buttons at the ends

Construction & Durability

I own several J-W's equipment and as they all do, this jacket is very well constructed, and as mentioned it seems to have plenty of years to come. Got it for 5 years now.

Source: received it as a personal gift

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