i am an unabashed fan of most things made by wild things. over time i've been able to amass some of my favorite items at deep discounts when they run sales. i like my gear to be free of frills and designed with a spare esthetique. having worn a number of different shells from most of the major manufacturers the flume hits all the marks i'm looking for.
it has two exterior chest pockets that are high enough not to interfere with my harness, but not so high that they are uncomfortable to keep my hands in. the pockets are cut so that they are deep and small items (chap stick) will not fall out if the zipper is left open. the two outside pockets are paired with two interior mesh pockets that are perfect for a water bottle, gloves or climbing skins.
the hood is a work of art, designed to fit over a large climbing helmet or tighten up to form fit your head. the three different adjustments assure that the opening and short bill are always properly positioned no matter how the hood is adjusted.
for those that think a hard shell (even an eVent one) needs pit zips the flume has them too. they are very deep and easy to adjust with the two way pit zips.
the flume is sized and cut to layer under. i'm 6'2" 195#'s and can comfortably have a base layer, polar stretch hoodie and micro puff pull over under a size large. the sleeves are long enough that you can work with your arms over your head without any problem.
as far as water/wind proof, i've worn this jacket in gale force winds (it makes pretty good foul weather gear) and did not have any penetration thru the fabric, taped seams or waterproof zipper.
unfortunately, i find my self using the flume less often than i thought i would. more often than not i find myself reaching for my wild things hooded windshirt instead, but it's comforting to know that i have a totally bomber hard shell when i need it.