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Simple Steezy Lightweight Jacket

I've got a 686 Smarty jacket that I've loved for a while. I was looking for something more lightweight, since I live and ride mostly in SoCal, and the heavier more insulated jacket was too much most of the time.

Picked up the Manual (in white) because I trust the brand and really liked the style. This jacket lacks some of the cool features of the Smarty (wrist gaiters, pass through chest vent, pass pocket, etc), but for a simple lightweight jacket it's great and looks cool. First day out I got hit with a rainy/snowy mix and the waterproofing held up great.

My only minor complaints are: iPod pocket is just a little too small for an iPhone. The pocket placement (low near the waist) also makes it hard to get at your music to change it if you're zipped up (The Smarty's pass thru chest vent is perfect for that). The lower zipper (from the bottom up) would give you easier access, but it seems to get stuck on the inner flap of fabric everytime. I would also love a removable hood and a few more pockets, but that's mostly because I'm spoiled by the more expensive and feature packed Smarty jacket.