I love my centrifuge. For backpacking. Frankly I can't understand why it isnt useable for backpacking. Maybe it was like that time Will said a >12oz rain shell was unfit for packing. HUH??? And I dont really see why it was on a windshirt review, but its not like Dave is being given these things to test so Im glad to see it at least getting tested. Of course it held more water, its a fuzzy- but y'all knew that.
Anyway, I use the hell out of mine. Its always in my pack or on me, depending on the weather. Its warm enough (where I live, anyway) to hike in in shoulder/ wintery situations. (i need a Kestrel so I can get some actual #s) In summer I don it at camp for warmth, but often I'll usually need my MB UL down vest or my thermawrap pro depending on the temp cause its really not very warm, but great on the move.
It holds off a good bit of rain/ wind through the front. (PNW rain, not real rain)
I can dry it our by hiking in it (no rain) or with a shell (rain) It holds water but doesnt seem to be a lot of water. Typically I'm very careful with my layering vs activity level. (Staying on the cool side)
I like the hood. It took a little getting used to, and maybe a little stretching, but it is comfy. (too much beard, Dave ;) ) And Mike, PLZ give a pic of you with the hood on and your 'stache hanging out- I've been wanting to see that- Gotta be epic 'stache load.
The cold/ sunny boys (Mike and Dave) see limitations, so ya know, maybe its a ecosystem thing, but for me I love the thing.