Waterproof softshell. Enough said. That was why I bought it and it performs splendidly in that regard. Hence, two thumbs up. Now down to the nitty-gritty.
â¢ The user must be careful with the primary zipper â if you do not fully lock it into the base, it will unzip from the bottom.
â¢ Thereâs a fantastic place for a season lift ticket. Not so much for a day-pass. It canât go at the bottom of the primary zipper. And to make it go on any of the other zippers, you have to remove the pull extension. I resigned myself to attaching my lift tickets to the synches at the hem of the jacket. Functional, of course, but itâs a small thing thatâs so obvious and so easily fixed.
â¢ The hood does not detach. Iâm putting the hood in âprosâ as well but I know some people wonât like that it doesnât detach. Personally, Iâm fine with it. But I donât recommend trying to use the hood if youâre not wearing a helmet. That said, why arenât you wearing a helmet??
â¢ Gussets do not have a mesh barrier. (Personal peeve. Others prefer this, I know.)
â¢ Itâs a waterproof softshell. Itâs awesome. It has flattering feminine lines. It moves easily and can stand up with the best of shells.
â¢ The hood is perfect to fit over a helmet and the extra support in the brim of the hood is a nice bonus.
â¢ The music player exterior/interior pocket configuration. I was skiing alone and had no clue how much I love riding the ski lift while listening to Chopin and cutting up the snow while listening to the Chili Peppers.
â¢ Itâs not bulky. While a gazillion pockets are nice, they do make for a bulky jacket. This jacket does not have that problem. And, truth be told, what more do you really need than your mp3 player, some cash, your locker key, and a trail map?
The bottom line: This jacket does the Mountain Hardwear name proud. Itâs a few-frills jacket that performs wonderfully. If you want more than the technical advantages and the organizational basics, then check it out.
Also, did I mention that Backcountry.com rocks? If not, just so you know, Backcountry.com rocks. (Ask me sometime about the single best customer service experience that Iâve ever had.)