REI Powerstretch Vest - Men's - Special Buyis rated4.3333out of5by3.
Rated4out of5byDan QuixotefromGreat layering pieceJust got this piece, so this may be a bit early to review it, but I took it up a mountain and through a mile or two of Alaskan bushwhacking recently and it really did the trick. I had it layered over a fleece hoody and a mid-weight baselayer, and it was great for getting up the mountain without me overheating, and while I was up there it was nice insulation below the windshirt I threw on while I was more exposed to the elements. On the way down we took a more adventurous route, and as we were working harder wading through snow and weaving around alders, I layered down and this dealt with the pokeys pretty well.
as for fit, I got a small, and I like both how long it is, but also how it doesn't have any real pockets. I think the one on the back is pretty stupid, but I bought this for a touch of torso insulation with good breathability for awhile I'm hiking in winter, not for going out on runs or skiing or whatever. I don't think I'll wear this anytime I don't have a backpack, so the pocket seems useless to me, but I didn't notice it against my back or anything during the 4 hours I was wearing it.
Anyway, that's enough of me rambling. This is a solid layering piece: it isn't bulky, and it's smooth, so it's easy to pull stuff over it.
Date published: 2014-03-09
Rated4out of5byUnderwaterfromThe best winter insulation layerI wore out a Lowe Alpine PowerStretch Vest after ten years and finally found a replacement. Offering a great heat trapping insulation layer for the body's core, this item cannot be beat, and when you start getting toasty, just unzip the front and let the steam rise up and out. They may be sized a little big, so make sure you try it on in store.
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated5out of5byJRHfromComfy and the right amount of warmthI was looking for something to wear around the house/back yard without having to put a jacket on/off. This is perfect. It's not too hot in the house, but keeps my core warm outside. It's very lightweight and I forget I have it on. The material is nice and smooth and doesn't look like it will ball up like other fleece.
At first I was disappointed that there weren't front pockets but I honestly don't miss them. I'm 5' 9" 150lbs and got a medium. Fit is not snug but fits easily under a jacket.
Date published: 2014-02-02
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