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.