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4 5

For almost a year, I've kicked the living daylights out of this jacket. It has skied off the summit of Denali, hitchhiked on sailboats in Iceland, gotten pummeled with waterfalls while rappelling on first descents in Romania, sea kayaked around icebergs in Alaska, high-fived Jeremy Jones, kept me happy in Ukraine, survived a month of living in a van in Patagonia, and still keeps me dry. I think that the chest pockets have zippers that are too stiff, causing you to get "pregnant-belly" all too frequently, which is only made worse by wearing a beacon beneath it. It is longer in back than in front. The arm pocket is nice. The grey material is stiffer than the yellow. The vents are nice and generous, though they also have zippers that are too stiff.
There are very few pieces of gear that I've tested more than this jacket. Fitting is very "backcountry," so if you're tall or like stuff that fits longer, you're sacrificing your style preferences for quality.
The hood is great, and the breathing holes in the high neck gaiter RULE. Good hood, too.
I'm not crazy about the material--mainly the grey material. It's too stiff. The zippers really don't help that, making you sometimes feel like a robot.

Around the world, still kicking


4 5

Think you can't use fitted pants to do anything other than ride the park at Brighton? Think again. The fit of these makes them awesome for everything from sport bars to t-bars to flat bars to summer ski mountaineering on volcanoes in the PNW. Wait, did that not fit right? Well, it's true. They don't fit like skinny jeans, but what's important is that they don't fit like the standard baggy pants that EVERY OTHER PAIR OF SNOWPANTS seems to be. The corduroy material I have tends to absorb water--but not soak through. Just the outer layer absorbs the water, until it hits the waterproof layer and is repelled.


5 5

More than anything, I've found the Jones 3L jacket to be the ideal top for human-powered skiing in virtually any conditions. Its large zips do a great job of dumping heat, as step156818 (did I pronounce that correctly) mentioned. The skin pockets (sized and positioned perfectly) can also be used as vents. The chest pocket is perfect for your iPhone, making it easy to grab a shot while ripping skins on the summit. It also isn't big enough where you phone falls down into your jacket and makes contact with your beacon. Because when that happens with other jackets, you're afraid your big beacon will break your phone screen. Hood is amazing with OR without hood a rare feature. The length and fit is awesome, though I'd also recommend sizing down one notch from your regular size. It's made to fit slim and trim, allowing room for a harness, but also not looking stupid and short without a rack of gear. Breathing vents are perfect when it's zipped up all the way, creating an awesomely-high makeshift facemask. The blue color doesn't show up awesome in photos, though the years bookending this model feature awesome colors.

5-Star Jacket from Jones


The summer of 2012 saw a month of my using the Jones 2L jacket around the PNW and BC, skiing everything from sun-baked glacier snow to steep ski mountaineering on a number of volcanoes. Much of the jacket's appeal, for me, is in its fit and features, as I chose to overlook the weight (which is heavier than optimal) on this trip. Of course its bright color isn't afraid to get a little dirty, but it also isn't afraid to handle anything you throw at it--sunshine in BC or incessant rain on Oregon's Mt. Jefferson with ropes and snow stakes buzzing from the impending lightening storm.