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Roberto the Toad from Vancouver, Canada on Oct.032011
I would like to give this jacket a better rating than I am. It is smart looking, breathable, and great rain protection. Unfortunately, it has a few issues that make it the wrong jacket for me. It may well work for you.
1. Its too short. I carry my wallet and iPhone in my front pants pockets, and in a heavy downpour, this jacket is simply not long enough to provide any protection for the front of my pants. If you wear rain pants as well, fine – but not good enough with jeans.
2. I miss pit zips. Westcomb has made every attempt to make this jacket as light as possible, but I would have accepted a couple of extra ounces weight to have pit zips. When it is windy and warm, I want extra ventilation, but I don’t want to open up the jacket completely, and have it flap around in the wind. While eVent is exceptionally breathable, I still like to have the option of opening up the shell. I know that a lot of people dismiss pit zips – but they work well for me, and I want them on my rain jacket.
3. When I walk fast, the zipper pulls (especially on the chest pockets) whirl around like a stripper’s pasties. This was not obvious in the store, but I immediately noticed in when I started walking. I purchased the Avatar Blue with the yellow zipper pulls, and the unwanted motion in this combination is particularly obvious. That’s a pity as that color combination is very smart looking otherwise.
Bottom line, I really wanted to like this jacket, but I returned it and bought an Outdoors Research Foray jacket instead (which I love).
Westcomb Specter LT Hooded Jacket – Men’s
Westcomb constructed the Mens Specter LT Hooded Jacket with waterproof breathable eVent fabric and fully taped seams while keeping weight to only 11 ounces.