Rated 5 out of 5 by TundraRunner Great for running
I bought this jacket because I need a light outer layer for running in our breezy, unpredictable weather. It fits the bill perfectly! It keeps me warm without adding any weight, washes beautifully, dries quickly, and packs like a dream. When temps were in the 30s, I could wear it over a wool underlayer and now that temps are more in the 40's, I can wear it over a t-shirt and be perfectly comfortable. I got the bright yellow for visibility and feel that much safer when I have it on, knowing that it would be very difficult NOT to spot me in that color! I agree with other reviewers that the zipper is a bit sticky at the bottom and that a bit more reflective material would be ideal, however, those are small things in light of the jacket's overall utility.
June 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by edumom12 Ultralight shell
Exactly what I need for hiking and Nordic walking. I live near a lake where the breezes can be chilly and unpredictable so I'm often caught out with too few or too many layers. This jacket is so compact it allows me to under dress a bit and layer up easily if conditions change. Surprisingly warm and wind proof if used as a shell. I ordered up a size for ventilation and layering. No problems with the zippers, as other reviewer reported.
June 4, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by ABitFrustrated Not waterproof
When I was looking for a new rain coat, this one popped up in my search. While the description does not say that it is waterproof, the impression given is that you'll stay reasonably dry while wearing it.
I can now attest that the coat is in no way waterproof, even in a light rain, and now my brand new iPod (stowed safely in an interior pocket) is utterly ruined.
I will say that the coat is good for lightweight temperature protection, but definitely not for water protection. And, it does breathe well.
April 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by workinprogress So versatile!
Other reviewers have mentioned this jacket "doesn't breathe," but I ONLY found that when I wore it over bare skin (only short t-shirt underneath). When worn with long sleeves, it breathes beautifully. In fact, I found this windbreaker so useful in such a range of temperatures, I bought a second one - both at full price!
Warning, though; this is not for extreme temp's. And on sunny, windy, or changeable days, wear a minimum underneath - less than usual, and preferably natural fibers. You'll breathe fine, especially if you size up a bit - maybe 1/2 size, so air can circulate inside.
Just would like some more light colors to reflect sun on cool, breezy days near the water. Great for spring and fall!
March 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nancela67 Wonderful Light Windlayer
I really, really like this jacket. I bought it for when I need just a little extra protection from the wind. So far I've been using it for cross country skiing. I wear it over a base layer and a 100 weight fleece and it adds just the wind protection I need without making me overheat. Because it is so thin and light I can put a heavier fleece over it when I stop. One reviewer felt that this wasn't breathable; I did have some condensation on the inside, but I sweat a lot and no shell is perfectly breathable when the temperatures are well below freezing. It certainly "breathed" better and didn't overheat me as much as my name-brand "waterproof breathable" rain jacket that I XC skied in last winter. It dries almost instantly, too and packs down to nothing. Definitely a new favorite.
March 8, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by AreaMom Lightweight, but doesn't "breathe"
I wanted to use this for running (and pack with me when hiking). It's very comfortable, roomy, lightweight, etc. BUT it doesn't breathe (wick moisture away) at all and therefore didn't work for me. It left me dripping in sweat. On the upside, it washes easily and well. :-)
I think it would work very well as a wind jacket if you weren't planning on being very physically active when using it.
January 28, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by boston611 Great jacket except for sticky zipper
This jacket would be perfect if the zipper were a little higher quality. It seems to get stuck at the bottom almost every time I wear the jacket. Those few seconds of frustration aren't a big deal, but still annoying.
December 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by NoCAwalkergal Lovely lightweight jacket
Lots to like about this jacket, including the styling, hood and zippered pockets. Fit in a large was small in the hips (mine are 39), closer to a size 12. Would have preferred more reflective "material"; the narrow, about 5" long horizontal line on the upper chest is just that, and the upper back could use something, especially for those of us who walk/hike/bike a lot and get caught out after it gets dark. Also would like a better choice of colors, maybe a medium gray or green. A separating zipper would also make this jacket easier to wear, on the bike, or for a shorter person. I decided to return it but may reorder.
October 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Marth My little miracle in a bag
This is a great jacket to have for a number of reasons. I have worn it running in light wind and rain conditions and was surprised at the protection it offered. It is not adverised as waterproof but I dry and not chilled by the wind. I love the ease of storing the jacket in the bag. Fold it any way you want and it stores easily in the bag. Small enough to fit almost anywhere so I can have a jacket on hand anytime. I appreciate the reflective strips for my early morning runs.
September 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by lovescycling Awesome
Wore this jacket when the morning temps dipped unseasonable low. It is light weight, protects from wind, fits great, has 2 side zippered pockets and hood and doesn't feel like you're wearing a plastic bag. It folds incredibly small when you no longer need it. I bought red and it is great for visibility. Totally thrilled with this purchase!
September 10, 2013