M Moonstone Cirrus Hooded Jacket REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
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The Moonstone Cirrus Hooded Jacket, upgraded for 2005, earns a thumbs up for cold weather warmth, storm resistance, and value. It provides quick insulation over existing clothing (dry or damp) for rapid warmth and chill avoidance. The hood is helmet-compatible, yet adjusts to fit over a winter hat or billed cap equally well. The new shell fabric is lighter and more abrasion and storm resistant than last year's model, although it eventually wets through with extended exposure. The nicest change is the addition of pit zips, which significantly improves ventilation and temperature regulation. Other changes are: the elimination of the adjustable neoprene/Velcro tabs on the cuffs (in favor of a simple elastic cuff), and moving the secure storage pocket to the inside. The handwarmer side pockets remain at hip level, where entry is restricted by a pack hipbelt. Overall, the Moonstone Cirrus Hooded Jacket is an excellent value at its comparatively low price of $160.
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