Rated5out of5byDanilofromLove this jacket!I tried several similar jackets - and tried on a bunch before getting this one. Others felt frumpy, way too puffy, or very tight. This jacket is slim fitting but very comfortable. It is a perfect mid layer - over a t-shirt, or mid weight Capilene - with a light rain shell or insulated jacket over the top if necessary. My favorite thing is that it regulates body temperature very well, when snowshoeing it doesn't make you sweat and even sitting for lunch you don't get too cold. A bit expensive, but very nice!
Date published: 2013-02-03
Rated4out of5byZach the HikerfromGreat Lightweight and Warm JacketWorks great for a warm midlayer under my soft-shell Mountain Hardwear Embolden Jacket.
Date published: 2013-01-23
Rated4out of5byBrainwashedfromUnfortuneately, not warm enough for meThis is a great thermal layer for spring conditions. The build quality is amazing and I would love to have kept the jacket but it's not warm enough for me on a cold powder in sub 20F conditions. I wore the zones layer for 4 days over the course of two different weekends during some great powder days at Crystal in the back country. I froze my tail off.
I wore a REI brand mid weight base layer, with a heavy base layer over that with the zones jacket over those and a Shell over the top.
With the new thermo loft (among other names) fill material it's become a challenge to find the right weight jacket. I'm from the old Polartech weight era of 100, 200 and 300 weight fleece. The new thermo loft jackets are amazing, but there is no longer a frame of reference for what "warmth" a given jacket is and it's become a headache for me to get a new thermal layer.
Thank god for REI's return policies or I would have been stuck.
I'm currently trying a Patagonia thermal layer that is heavier eight.
Date published: 2013-01-02
Rated5out of5bywjt81fromFlexible & versatile insulated layer!For me, the Zonal is an ideal blend of garment technology, design ingenuity, and quality craftsmanship. As a stand alone outer layer, the Zonal provides substantial, light-weight warmth, with the added benefit of dynamic / always-on venting, care of body mapped polartec powerstretch panels carefully designed into the garment. With a regular base-layer, the zonal will work great for moderate outdoor activity into the high 30's, and for light use into the 40's. As a insulating mid-layer, you can comfortably work well below 35º, especially if you are active.
The overall craftsmanship of the jacket is superb, and despite its relatively light weight, feels very well constructed. I have yet to really test the "sensor rip-stop" fabric used on the exterior of the jacket, although the rip-stop weave appears to be well constructed...
MH hit a home run on this, and my only regret is that they are now offering a down version of the zonal, which of course is even lighter... fortunately, should one ever encounter both cold and wet circumstances, the synthetic version can prove to be quite indispensable!
Date published: 2012-10-24
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