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I just picked this up today and took it for my first day use. TNF is not a company I look to regularly. But this is one of the most well designed jackets I have used with a few flaws. It is not a ski jacket but I think its a nice all mountain shell worth owning for anyone who recreates out doors year round.

 

Sizing: This thing has a bit of manatee sizing going on. I think it could be more fitted. A large is between L and XL in other brands.

 

Pros:

  • Packable, Rolls up to about the size of a soda can. Can live in my pack all year long.
  • Fabric is light, packable and quiet feeling. It is also nicely stretchy. This is technically a hard shell but has all the comfort of a soft shell.  It feels comfortable over a t-shirt. the fabric really moves well. It was obviously designed for active use.
  • Low hem in the back combined with stretchy fabric makes this great on the bike.
  • Hood. This jacket has the best hood on any jacket I have seen/used/tried on. I can turn around and look behind me with full peripheral vision.  Perfect. The standard by with all other hoods should be judged.
  • Cuffs are great. They are shaped for full coverage over the back of hand. Shold keep drips off in the warmer months and maintain coverage on the bike. Also, when fishing in my other jackets the line is always getting snagged on the velcro adjustment tabs. This jacket does not have that issue. 
  • Well designed chin coverage. Almost a built in balaclava.

 

Cons:

  • Hyvent 2.5 is NOT the most technical laminate. Breath-ability is poor compared to pro shell, event, etc...  I think a piece with this much technical detail really could use some better laminate. Good thing the pit zips are so huge.
  • Zippers are light and "packable" not burly, seem to bind up at times. Certainly no 1 hand use. Need 2 hands to open a pocket

 

Interesting things:

  • I don't miss the adjustment tabs. No adjustment tabs / pulls / grommets on the jacket. It has clever use of elastic bands built in. It works for me.