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David C.

David C.

David C.

David C.wrote a review of on December 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had a Bellwether jacket I used for 20 years and it was time to replace it (stained, ripped, a bit baggy). I wanted something light that did not need much layering in order to stay warm. My Bellwether could keep me warm with just one shirt underneath. I just could not find one. I considered Gore, Rapha, Pearl Izumi, etc. I accidentally came across Assos and luckily I had a local shop that sold them. I tried it and knew that was going to my jacket. The shop only had black so I opted for the orange once I saw the choices on line. They do run small!! I wear mediums and had to go to XL. I have had it for 2 weeks now and so far have been through a rainy 40's day, 30's with a bit of snow and a 20's days. Impressions:
-jacket feels supple
-when you get the right size, it feels great
-really does keep you dry and I really wasn't buying it for that (have not been in a downpour yet)
-keeps wind out everywhere
-have not used the integrated face mask but it easy to put on and stow away. You never know it is there when not in use
-I have only used a base layer (Assos brand) and/or an Ibex Woolie and have been warm - almost too warm. I still need to find the proper balance.
-Pockets are roomy but I have only used them once

This is a pricey jacket but even if you can't get a deal I highly recommend it because if you need a winter jacket you want to stay warm and this does an incredible job.