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kai3581299wrote a review of on January 17, 2010

5 5

While I won't actully use this jacket until spring, I wanted to post my initial impressions. First, this jacket is very lightweight and packable. It looked from pictures and video that the fabric is stiff and the weight heavy. Quite the contrary. It terms of fit, I ordered a large and an xlarge and ended up keeping the xlarge. I am 6'2" tall, 175lbs, with long arms and a long torso and the xlarge is long enough in the sleeves and tail for me. According to the sizing info provided here (and on Cutter's site), neither size jacket should fit me (they should both be too short in the sleeve and tail), so go ahead and order a couple sizes (I'd say order up a size and then up another size) to check the fit. FYI - I normally opt for "Tall" sizing if I can get it for long sleeve garments and full length pants. Even so, this jacket is long enough for me. The xlarge also allows for layering (an oldschool cold-weather Pearl Izumi Kodiac jersey fits fine underneath) without being bulky. This jacket replaces a much heavier and no-longer waterproof 10+ year old Burley Size Large Ultrex rain jacket (in yellow) that, in comparison, has short sleeves but a much longer stowable tail. I was concerned about the muted brown color but paired this jacket with a pair of orange Rivendell MUSA waterproof/breathable rain pants, size Large, and together the colors work and I'm still very visible. "Made in USA" (or Canada) is very important to me so this jacket meets that requirement plus another, its constructed of incomparable eVent fabric. This jacket will be worn by me primarily during a global cycling expedition commencing in Spring 2011, and given its ghost manufacture by a very well-respected, and eVent-pioneering, Canadian outdoor clothing company (not Cutter), I am confident it will see me through thick and thin with no problems. This jacket is a steal at this price and I highly suggest picking one (or maybe even two) up to replace no-longer waterproof Ultrex or GoreTex gear. I look forward to trying this jacket out in the rain and putting the eVent through its paces.