jamie r. from Washington

April 4, 2012
I bought this jacket because of the reviews and excellent price. I was a little nervous about sizing after reading about the "tightness" in the arms of the Rainier. I had just sold a Kilimanjaro because it was way, way too big. I am 5'10 and 200lbs and the Kili XL was massive, so i ordered the Rainier in Large. Anyways, the arms are tight but not terribly so, and in a normal riding position its not noticeable or uncomfortable. I have had the jacket for about 3 months now and so far I am really impressed. At first I thought it was too small but the sizing is right on, tight enough that there is no airflow down the neck or up the back. The wrist closure system is really well thought out. Set it once and forget it, saves time and hassle every time you put it on. The Finish is fantastic, worthy of a $400 jacket. It is waterproof-ish, eventually the water soaks thru, although i ride in all weather, year round. I never use the hood, it's not a bad idea but if your helmet is properly fitted you will feel the hood. There are almost too many pockets, especially if you can't remember which one you put something in. The zip-down front breast pockets are especially handy for cellphones and wallet. The waist cinch system is smart and unique, and works well. The back of the jacket is fitted somewhat like a mountain biking jacket with a "tail" cut into it, this stops cold air or water from ingressing the jacket. The 3DO armor is light and you hardly notice it, i cant tell what it's like in a spill (knock on wood). Back to the sizing, i am a 44 and the large just fits me. If you are any bigger, go for the XL. I have had numerous jackets in my 20 years of riding, and so far this is the best one i have owned. Since I bought this, my other jackets have not left the hangers.
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