Gear Review: Cloudsplitter jacket

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http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11021470

I haven’t bought a new jacket in years.  Instead, I tend to layer – underarmor, fleece jackets, and rain shell.  It’s easier to adapt for the temperature, but they’re a bit bulky, and annoying to bike in…

So as of this year, I finally threw down and headed out to EMS to check out the jacket selection.  I asked some friends, checked them out in the store, then went home and did a bit of research.  Then I decided to head into the store and buy the Cloudsplitter, because the name is awesome.  Ohh, and it came really well recommended.

And in the few weeks since I bought it… I’ve been quite happy!  Hiking has been solid, and biking works well too.  It’s waterproof (at least in the light rain/snow that I’ve dealt with so far), and the fleece lining is SUPER comfortable and cozy. Even holds up pretty well to the wind when I’m driving – since this is Me we’re talking about, and I drive with the top down in my car when it’s well below freezing.

My only complaint is that it’s a bit bad with heat management… in the cold it’s quite nice, but when I get warmer (like when I’m biking around) it gets a bit too toasty.  And then I get sweaty. And in terms of breathability… well, we may be lacking a bit there.  I find myself unzipping the front zipper a lot while biking to and from work, even in the mornings when it’s significantly into the freezing temperatures.

Overall though?  Yeah.  I’d recommend it.

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