Rated4out of5byRotofromNot the same as he PL jacket!I had the old Compressor PL jacket for years, and it was my go to jacket! After some tears in the fabric, I decided to get a new one. When I received it in at home, I was so disappointed that I almost returned it. When comparing it to the old version it did not have the same athletic fit (bulky around the mid section), heavier (I weighed my old on in at just over 16 oz. and the newer version at 18.5 oz.), it did not feature the collar draw cord to seal in heat (although still in the product description on the REI website), and I prefer the old Velcro cuffs to seal in the heat rather than the loose elastic bands. That being said, I got a great price on the jacket, so I decided to give it a try. I have not used in very cold environments yet, but it does seem to be warmer that the PL jacket (but then again, it should be for an extra 2+ ounces!) and I do like the chest pocket for phones and such. I loved the supple feel of my old jacket, and while the fabric on the newer version is not as soft (and is a little "noisy" when compared to the old one, if that makes any sense) it does seem to be a little more durable, so it may stand the test of time a little better. I am 5'11" and 180lbs., the Large is a good fit for me (except the extra bulk around the mid section). I think this will be a fine jacket to wear on cold days, but I am going to repair my old jacket and keep it around for my backpacking and travel adventures.
Date published: 2013-08-17
Rated4out of5byTonySfromPerforms nicelyI was finally talked into getting a down jacket last spring, after wearing a borrowed down jacket for a day. After doing some research, I decided the syn-down was a better suit for me. After taking this jacket on a few backpacking trips, I only have good things to say.
It packs nicely into a small stuff sack, but my only complaint is it doesnt have a built-in stuff pocket. Yes you can stuff it into one of it's own pockets, but they are made close after. This is the only reason why I didnt give 5 stars. More like 4.5 stars.
I didn't have any adverse weather for this review, simply temps down into the low 50s, with light wind. I slept in my ENO hammock, with a blanket and wearing this jacket, and I was plenty cozy. I mostly wore it around a campsite, as it would be too warm to wear during any hiking in 60+ temps.
I wont expect it to keep me dry during any heavy rain, but the synthetic would be the bonus when it comes to wet performance and drying. The wind didnt seem to be a problem. The fleece pockets are a nice touch. The weather resistant shell seemed significant.
I'm very happy with the purchase, and the fitment is very comfortable. I'm 185, 5-10, and I had nice mobility without too much bulk material.
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated5out of5byJim the coachfromGreat light weight and warm jacketGreat for walking, hiking and riding. Very compact, light weight, yet warm. Have not experienced anything that is not so good.
Date published: 2013-05-22
Rated5out of5byLost without a cluefromAwesome InstlationFits under all of my outer shells, the warmest mid layer I've ever owned
Date published: 2013-05-19
Rated4out of5byObifromGreat bomber jacketGreat jacket that does what it's supposed to do - lightweight layer that packs down decently well and keeps you warm. Not meant to be an expedition style jacket, but works well for cold nights around camp, on mild hikes or around town. Haven't had any problems with wind (yet) nor with very light rain in the Pacific NW, but wearing this with a rainshell would probably be best in harsher weather.
The only critique I have is that the elastic bands inside the wrist cuffs have twisted around on themselves within the shell. As a result, the wrist cuffs are mildly irritating and hard to put back in its place but no problems arose when I took it on a 10 mile hike. Might just be my bad luck and not necessarily a design flaw.
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated5out of5byBiomechanics ManfromPerfect SoCal jacketLooks great with Jeans and also dressed up. Perfect coat for Southern California's quirky weather without rain. Layers well and is lightweight.
Date published: 2013-02-13
Rated5out of5byExplorer WannabefromAwesomeI love this jacket! It is very warm but I find I can wear it in a very wide range of temps; I wear it Fall>Winter>Spring. I wear this skiing, hiking, cold weather camping, and around town. I wear this with a shell in wet weather or if I am trail blazing through the woods.
Date published: 2013-01-01
Rated4out of5bychuck wagonfromlight, compact, and very functionalBought the Compressor as a light weight hiking jacket. It fits very nicely and is definately the most comfortable jacket i own (and i have many). I have used it on many hikes and most recently on a week long hike in Kings Canyon. It is very warm and durable considering how light this thing is, kept me warm down into the 30's with a fleece base layer under it. The name is very fitting it compresses down to almost nothing in the pack making it an excellent option for hiking when weight and size is crucial. also doubled as an outstanding pillow at night. If your looking for an awesome light weight layer that will block the wind and keep you warm, The Mountain Hardwear Compressor is it.
Date published: 2012-12-31
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