REI Windbrake Thermal Fleece Vest - Women'sis rated4.8out of5by10.
Rated5out of5bysabbyfromMy new best friend!I love this vest! I purchased one on sale then rushed to purchase the other two colors (not on sale). All three were a perfect fit and keep me toasty warm without feeling encumbered. I purchased all three online - my only disappointment was the red color is more of a warm, tomato (orange) tone than the cool blue-based red shown on my monitor. I have gotten a lot of use out of all 4 - being fashion conscious is a lower priority than being cold during winter!
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated5out of5bySheHikesfromHighly recommend!Good quality, fits like a glove, excellent windbreaker!
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated5out of5bytennisgirlfromGreat flattering fitLight weight vest that can be used during our windy springs. Great fit, stylish, great length
Date published: 2013-05-20
Rated5out of5bySanra33fromLove this vestI bought the teal green and went back and bought the black. Very comfortable. Does not make you sweaty. If it gets real cold I wear a thin wind breaker over it. Good for layering.I am very happy with these vests. I would buy a couple more if they had the colors I liked. I am 67 years old.
Date published: 2013-04-25
Rated5out of5byGMGPfromI love this vest!Love this vest - it's stylish, comfortable, & bright enough to show up along the road, yet not as gaudy as my (previous) blaze orange!
Date published: 2013-04-19
Rated4out of5byMulberryAdventuresfromGreat warm vest!I picked this vest up last fall to replace a fleece vest that I had warn as a winter mid-layer for several years whose zipper was slowly coming apart. That old vest also left something to be desired when it came to wind resistance.
This vest really filled that void. I live in Denver and our winter temperatures can rapidly range from 55 degrees to 20 degrees in the span of a day and storms move in fast. The wind-resistance of this vest makes it a perfect layer on those cool/cold windy days when you need something to break a chill but don't want to throw on a heavy jacket. I also hate bulking up over my arms, so vests are a great mid or top layer for me.
I also love the length of this vest, a bit longer than other vests I've tried, which gives me some comfort bent over on my bike.
One of the downsides that I found with this vest are its bulkiness. I cannot comfortably pack this vest down into my day pack for hikes or snowshoeing. I make it work nonetheless but it takes up a bit more room than I'd like. Thankfully, most of the time in 40 degree temperatures or less, no matter how much I'm moving and heat I'm expending, I'm wearing it.
The other downside is I feel it could have a bit more ventilation, especially in the back panel. As a bike commuter, I find myself overheating in this vest through the winter quite quickly when I'm working hills, and I've even found myself skipping it for the ride, dealing with the chill on my core, and just doubling up on another thin layer instead and saving the vest for when I'm on foot. I could see a ventilation panel being added to the upper back to really help that out without cutting down on wind resistance.
One other minor downside is that the inside material sticks to any kind of flannel shirt I wear and makes this really obnoxious sound as they move together.
Overall, I do love this vest and wore it almost daily through the late fall and winter and will continue to do so through the early spring.
Date published: 2013-04-05
Rated4out of5byYaktrekerfromI would buy this product againThese vests are great for when you're active and it's cold outside. When I XC country ski or hike in the mountains, it will block the wind, yet my arms can be out for ventilation. I bought two colors, the red and the teal. They fit true to size. I like that they are a little form fitting, so if I need to throw a coat on I don't feel like I am stuffed into my coat. I am a bit on the busty side, and these vests are not binding or too tight. Excellent item. A bit on the pricey side, but I never owned a wind block vest and have always wanted one. The wind blockage is very nice. I would buy again.
Date published: 2013-03-22
Rated5out of5byAllyb the SkifromREI Windbrake Thermal Fleece VestWas going to buy black and was talked into the blue vest. Very sharp!
Date published: 2013-02-27
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REI Windbrake Thermal Fleece Vest - Women's Customer Reviews