Our most abundant natural resource here in the Northwest is water, which makes this jacket the most-used gear that I own. Better than AmEx, I don't leave home without it. Since I bought it in February, I've worn this jacket up 11 different mountains, on half a dozen snowboarding outings, on lots of day hikes and climbing outings, and generally every day that it rains. It still looks brand new, and has performed perfectly. The huge pit zips are great for ventilation, and the hood is adjustable for over my helmet or without. I ordered a larger size than normal so I could wear it over every layer I own, but the cut is still flattering enough that I don't look like I'm wearing my tent. It is also lightweight enough (14.08 oz, to be exact) that I can pack it for every hike without worrying about unnecessary weight. Other shells I've owned in the past were narrow through the shoulders and really restricted movement, but this one is perfect. Last but not least, the internal pocket is just large enough for my cell phone with its bulky waterproof impact-resistant case. Expensive yes, but with the quality and lifetime warranty, it is worth the investment. (Also good to find it on a 30% off sale ;-)
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