Rated 2 out of 5 by pickerdude51 Many better jackets on the market
Thought I'd try the Sporthill Symmetry II jacket .. read the other reviews and noted many mentioned a trim fit that could be a problem .. so I ordered both my regular large and an extra large to compare .. I am 5' 10" tall, 175#, 43" chest and 35" sleeve .. the large would have worked okay, the extra large was way too big .. but the armhole placement was certainly an issue .. the armholes are too tight and do not have any extra room under the pit area for any real comfort .. the armhole barely allows your arm to pass thru and, once inserted, there is a palpable feeling of snugness around the upper arm at the pit area, almost as if the armhole was too high on the sidewall of the jacket .. it was too snug for comfort, in my opinion and poorly fit .. otherwise, the chest and shoulders would have been okay, but not terribly roomy for any layering .. I did not like the cuffs that were made out of micro fleece for the final 6" or so at the interior wrist .. this micro fleece cuff sticks out beyond the end of the jacket cuff while putting the jacket on, as the final 2" or so are not actually sewn to the jacket cuff .. imagine wearing a shirt sleeve inside a jacket, with shirt and jacket being 2 different garments, and you get the idea of this micro fleece cuff .. I found it annoying to have to rework the jacket up and down my arm to get the cuff back inside the sleeve edge .. I also did not like the use of only velcro at the cuff, without any stretch adjustment .. some jackets with velcro additionally have a bit of sleeve stretch tuck built in so you do not have to undo the velcro to remove the jacket wrist over your hand .. but this jacket, relies only on the velcro for adjustment, meaning you have to fit the velcro to your wrist when the jacket is put on for maximum wind stoppage, then undo the velcro just to remove the it .. who wants to go thru that every time you take it off or put it on? .. it also only has 2 pockets on the lower sides, no chest slit pocket up top and no interior pockets .. I did not bother taking the hood out of the neck storage area to try it on, having already decided to send the jacket back for a refund .. there are more jackets than this with better design for the $$ out there, most certainly .. there are other reviews that pan the hood system and I have no doubt they are accurate.
August 21, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by AlexSea Very Disappointing
I had high expectations for this jacket and found it very disappointing. The minute I tried in on, I knew it would be a tight fit. It turned out to be so tight on top of a lightweight shirt that a sweater would have made impossible to wear it over a sweater. The arm holes were also very poorly positioned. I returned it.
July 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by NOntariowalker Excellent mid-weight shell jacket
Very happy with purchase. Very wind resistant - mid weight jacket. Have worn only in winter thus far, in as cold as minus 25 Celsius in northern Ontario- with a base layer underneath and was comfortable during brisk walks. Jacket allows some moisture to be vented, otherwise inner polyester liner wicks moisture to outer shell. Liner in sleeves is nylon (last 4 inches) , and then a micro-fleece cuff. The cuff is nice for keeping out cold and wind. The nylon does not wick moisture as well as the polyester liner, so this may be a drawback for some. Snow and rain resistant. Good length (not high on waist, extends somewhat down to cover top of bum). Definitely a fall/spring/winter jacket, would be too heavy/warm for summer.
February 6, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Winch Sporthill Jacket
I was looking for a spring and boating jacket that was lightweight and protected me from wind and rain. This jacket fits the bill perfectly. The size was great, I always worry when you can't try it on but LL Bean size chart was right there. I would recommend this jacket highly.
May 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sizes Get This While You Can
Writing from Tennessee here where the weather is kinda strange this year. 20 degrees in November and 67 degrees in early January. I Just received the jacket today and haven't had the chance obviously to run in it. BUT, I have worn it outside in drizzling rain at about 37 degrees and it's very comfortable. I think it will probably be ok in lower temps even with just a technical shirt or base layer beneath. I wish I'd found this jacket -- even for causal wear -- prior to spending small fortunes on an Arc'teryx Atom LT jacket and an Arc'teryx Atom AR jacket. Having said that, those jackets are supposed to be warm, but not wind or water resistant, and not for running. And I love Arc'teryx products. I have Sporthill running pants, too. I recommend them as well. I guess I'd say there's no better brand than Sporthill for cold weather running. Running and cross country skiing apparel is their specialty. Be it warm or cold weather.
January 23, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by NormalBoy Too early to tell?
Nice looking coat and a good fit. Is it a good ski jacket? I won't know until our first ski trip this season. The side vents are a good idea. Jackets that do not have these vents are not good for skiers. If this turns out NOT to be a good coat for skiing, rest assured I will write to this forum about it.
December 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Skier12 Great jacket
I use it while cross country skiing and biking on days at around or just below freezing. My normal size is a Large and the fit was fine. However, the neck seems a bit small as the zipper won't go up all the way. Comfortable, well made, windproof, not too warm, pockets are fine, and the cuffs seal out the weather. Haven't been caught in the rain yet so can't comment on that. Recommended for outdoor activities.
March 11, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by phillykim sized small and too thin
I was hoping for a thicker jacket (for skiing). I ordered a Medium and it was too small for my husband, who usually wears a S/M. I will be returning it.
February 9, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by outsidealways Bit too warm
This will be fine for running--on windy days below 20 degrees--otherwise too warm. Also wear it after running when my running friend and I have coffee & I'm still cooling off. Hood should be more substantial for rain. Good looking jacket though--sleeves seal wind well--snug fleece lining AND velcro strap. Nylon lining in sleeve at wrist way too hot though.
January 18, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by AncientBiker Good medium-weight jacket
This is a good-quality jacket which should protect against moderately cold weather. The color is somewhat muted compared to the picture, so this doesn't replace the International Orange bulky jacket I've been using for bicycling in very cold weather. The hood is convenient and effective. Very good value.
November 30, 2011