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Gear Review

4 5

The real deal

First thing you should know: the sizing runs huge. i'm 5'11" 165lbs and ordered a large. It fit like a 2XL--enormous, I could have fit three of me in it. I laughed and sent it back for a medium. The medium is still big despite the "sig fit" description, but it's gonna work.

As for the rest of it, I can't complain about anything. Gore-Tex plus 600 fill goose down equals sleeping bag style warmth and rain coat style protection. The jacket hangs below my ass, and with the adjustable hem on the bottom you can cinch-up to keep the pow from creeping in (I don't use the pow skirt). The fabric is durable and the black color is not shiny--a nice matte black. Pockets are simple and not overdone. Pit zips use small-teeth zippers and function easily. The chest pocket is handy and stays bone-dry. The style is choice--subtle luxury.

I expect this jacket will stay with me for a good ten years.