I purchased this as a cold weather shell wind blocker. My hope was to keep it in a long sleeve jersey pocket for cold decents.
After using it for a season, i find it fills many more roles than I anticipated. I’ve found It’s small enough to roll up into a Jersey pocket. It’s sheds Fall and Spring rain nicely. It gives me dependable wind block for cold Winter rides. It really performs wonderfully as a bailout jacket on 30 degree days, deployed from my pocket when descending or chilled. It does not breath as well as a heavy jersey, but, it cuts the wind as promised; perfect compromise for windy or freezing days.
Recently, I’ve started using it for snow biking, worn over a long sleeve merino wool base layer in 20 degree weather. I’ve used it in a gusty snow shower at 8,000 feet elevation and after an hour of steady climbing I remained dry inside. I love this jacket.
I am 6 foot tall and my winter weight hovers over 170 lbs. The medium size gives me a comfortable snug fit over a long sleeve base layer. It fits just right around my 33 inch waist—not too tight. I have long arms, yet, the length is perfect. The collar is sized just right—loose enough for comfort with minimal draft. The quality of construction is exceptional.
I find myself reaching for the Recon jacket for many of my coldest rides—gravel bike, road bike, and snow bike! Very happy with this purchase.