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Very well-designed, with a couple of drawbacks
I really wanted to give this jacket five stars. It looks great, fits well, and has excellent adjustments. Where it falls down a bit is versatility.
I'll start with the good stuff, namely fit and warmth. As a fairly lanky guy at 6'0" and 170 lbs, finding jackets that fit around the middle but also have sufficient arm length has been a struggle. This piece in Medium seems to have been tailored using a mannequin of my proportions. Slightly cinch the waist straps, which are slighly high for my long torso, button down the sleeves, and we finally have ourselves a winner. The combination velcro/zipper cuffs are a particularly nice touch. The extra length in the waist flares out nicely with the side zippers up, so you don't get bunching around the waist when seated.
I haven't taken the Scout through a serious downpour yet, but moderate rain has so far failed to get through the shell. Some wind does get through, but not enough that you'll notice until you're headed toward the 40's with the liner out. In fact, I don't think I've put the thermal liner back in since spring, instead relying on a heavyweight sweatshirt. (Speaking of the liner, the pop-out fleece collar is a nice feature.) This combination is more effective vs. chilly temps than my 3-part (shell+wind/waterproof+thermal) textile/mesh plus sweatshirt, mid-, AND base-layer. But...
All the cold-weather goodness leads to the bad stuff: This jacket is nearly unusable in warm weather. While somewhat breathable, temps much above 75F will leave you seriously sweaty, especially in traffic and/or high humidity. The vents on the chest don't do much alleviate this, perhaps due to having nowhere for the air to exit. I understand that waterproofing requires compromise in this regard, but I was also hoping for a bit more flexibility from a jacket marketing itself as touring gear, especially at a $400 retail price point. I probably just expect too much. But what really kills warm-weather versatility is the sleeve lining. It's a smooth, shiny nylon/vinyl/somthingorother material that sticks like glue to bare arms at the merest hint of moisture. I've been searching for an easy-on/off longsleeve, lightweight top that won't retain any extra heat as a workaround, but haven't had any luck yet.
Short version: Fantastic spring/fall jacket, which is great, since that's what I bought it for. Just don't expect to be wearing it much in summer, if there's summer where you live.
June 15, 2012
So far so good! Bought this about a month ago and its been great.
I have a 38.5inch chest and 33 waist and went with a medium, which fits perfectly. I like the length of it too, sits about half way down the bum which i thinks looks a lot better then those short jackets that when you raise your hands show your gut.
All the zippers and pockets seem to be really good quality and do their job well. I bought the upgradable Bio back armour and it sits perfectly, very comfortable.
Just remember before buying this jacket that its not gonna handle hot weather great, there are not many air vents and even with the thermal liner out it holds a lot of heat.
It looks like i'm gonna be having a sweaty summer in Sydney :P
October 24, 2011
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