Rated4out of5byHendrmafromPerfect for packing away until neededGreat for light hiking but I used this for golf at Bandon Dunes Golf resort in Oregon. Perfect for wind and light rain.
Packs very small and extremely light weight.
Dries out very quickly and does not restrict movement.
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated5out of5byBIGSethfromNot perfect, but great.Not the lightest or smallest but very light and small while still actually feeling like a jacket. It's great for when you're not sure if it'll rain and want something easy to pack. I love it for hiking in warmer seasons. While I find the sleeves a touch long you can velcro them down to hold your wrists easily.
Date published: 2013-06-27
Rated5out of5byBrianH81fromAmazing WindshirtI've been really impressed with this windshirt. It leaves the house every day. My hard shell has stayed in the closet for everything but resort skiing since buying the Squamish. It's really comfortably and the clean styling works for the mountains and my cubical, allowing me to justify the cost since this covers all my life's uses.
The fit isn't sport specific, but I've been happy with it for cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, climbing, golfing, and working in a cube. The first thing you notice out of the package is how light it is. It doesn't back down as small as my wife's Houdini, but it's still small enough to always have it on you and feels more robust than the Houdini. They've nailed their design of the hood. I wear this cycling to work and it fits perfectly over my bike helmet and protects my ears from the wind, but with a few adjustments to the elastic pull cords, it isn't too floppy without a helmet. It has the athletic art'teryx cut that works perfectly for me, I'm 150 lb, 5'9" and the Medium is a perfect cut that works with an insulation layer and not too baggy with just a T shirt. I've worn it with the Atom jacket for biking and commuting to work through a Denver winter and have been mostly impressed by the performance. I've been though several rain,sleet, and snow storms and it's yet to soak through on storms up to an hour long. The breathability isn't outstanding, but adequate and a trade off I'm ok with. I tend to adjust the zipper for proper temperature control.
I'm really happy with my purchase and would recommend this to anyone. For me, I'm happier spending the extra on this wind shirt and going with cheaper hardshell since I'll wear this way more and the Squamish is so much better than a standard wind shirt.
If you're looking at the Squamish, you may be considering the Houdini as well. my comments on the Squamish vs. Houdini:
-Houdini stuffs smaller and it lighter but is a pain to get into its' self stuff pocket. The Squamish is bigger, but the jacket isn't tightly crammed into the pocket so I use the stuffable pocket a lot.
-Houdini is significantly less expensive, but the Squamish feels more robust and has worked for every sport I do.
-The Houdini's hood isn't helmet compatible. The Squamish hood works for my biking and climbing helmets but not my giant ski helmet. It may work for some lower profile ski helmets.
-Squamish has a better adjusting hood and adjustable cuffs.
-Houdini seems better suited for a running/hiking specific jacket, Squamish works better for me at everything but running.
My wife loves her Houdini, I love my Squamish. Both are great jackets and fill a similar place for playing in the mountains. Also see Outdoor Gear Lab's reviews, they have a good one for both jackets.
Date published: 2013-03-22
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