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I guess I shouldn't say it's "cool" because that would be defeating the purpose of an insulated jacket. That said, the material is great, it's soft, and it's kept me dry on a mildly rainy day. But since it's been pretty warm, in the 50's, I can't say much for it's insulating properties. I don't think it's going to be very warm anyway. It has a thin insulation layer, nothing puffy-like at all. But it's got a great look for dicking around town, or for dicking around on the hill when you're SNOWBOARDING. Yes, I said SNOWBOARDING, not skiing. Skiers can use their own douchy ski companies, Foursquare is a snowboarder company.
Anyway 4/5 stars, because I knew it was going to be an inexpensive, lightweight jacket. It's not the greatest jacket in the world, but it's what it's supposed to be.
Also, I got the color Pine. I knew it was going to be green because of the word "PINE" in the color. So I wasn't shocked when I got the jacket. The color in the photo above is very, very inaccurate. It's a green jacket, closer to the Absynthe color in the Burton Poacher Jacket: http://www.dogfunk.com/burton-poacher-insulated-jacket-mens?cmp_id=&rrType=RecentHistoricalItems&rrProd=BUR3639. However, the Burton jacket is a more feminine green than the Foursquare one. The Foursquare one is for men, and Burton is for East Coast wanna-be's from NYC.
Wait, I'm from NYC.
And yes, I know Burton bought Foursquare. Shhh.
Just got these in time for what I like to call the Northeast Snowpocalypse 2010. We had many feet of wonderful, wet Northeast snow and these keep me super dry. The double vents created a cross breeze that prevented me from sweating my balls off while trudging my way to the powder stashes, the pants held up marvelously. I bought the "Night" color, and depending on the light they could look a little purple-y; however, compared to some of the ridiculous outfits people are wearing out there, I felt pretty normal. The pants have only two cons, and they aren't really that important. Velcro pockets; all the pockets have a button but the ankle pocket and one of the cargo pockets has velcro instead of a zipper; I just wouldn't feel comfortable keeping anything valuable in there while I was riding, so you don't really get to use all the pockets. Also, on the inseam vent, you have a cord that lets you pull up the hem of the pant while your walking, so you don't tear them up. Great idea, but it doesn't really pull them up so much, so I'm still dragging them all over the place. Like I said, the cons are trivial; these pants get it done.
I'll start off by saying, I didn't return the pants because of the quality, I returned them because the salesmen said the Memento color was a dark Navy Blue; it was almost pastel color, like a Cadet Blue.
Anyway, they were built great, the fabric felt soft and sturdy, nice pockets, a little on the very baggy side but a loose fit. They have a draw string in the pockets that lifts the heels of the pant so you don't drag them on the ground ... pure genius. How many ripped pants and rolls of duct tape did it take until someone finally thought of that?
Very, very comfy, and also very, very stiff. I'm a freerider so I was looking for a stiff boot and I hit the nail on the head with this one. A couple of features: nice inner liner with ankle strap, it has a flexy material near the toes so you can wiggle them, the inside laces are attached to the shell, NOT the liner, keeping the liner tight against the boot. The outside shell is a little bulky, so make sure they fit inside your bindings. I used to wrap the laces around my ankle to make it super tight up there, but one pair of eyelets are attached to a flap of material that wrap around to the back of the boot, so when you tie the boot it pulls the top of the boot nice and tight around your ankle/calf. This will save your fingers a little from the rug burn you get from trying to pull your laces tight.
Drawback, that little flexy bit I told you about in the toe box, the one that lets you wiggle your toes, it's not as insulated as the regular liner material so your toes might get a little cold on really frigid days. But you can wiggle them so it's not all bad, just wear thick socks if it's going to be a cold one.
In over 7 years of riding I've always used Dakine, lo-profile, leather gloves. I get about 2, 45 day seasons out of them before I replace them. Completely satisfied. What makes these better than the rest is that the gauntlet (wrist) is a little longer than in previous models, so when you put your hand in the snow you get another 2 inches of protection before you get snow in your sleeve. The drawback is the sizing; I've always worn a Large, these are a little long in the fingers, the palm and wrist is snug, but the fingers are a just a little big. However, this problem goes away if you're wearing liners, which you'll have to if temps fall into the single digits and below.
And as far as wearing liners go, it's a low-profile glove, not a down mitten, you're going to have to throw on liners every now and again.