Rating: 4 / 5
Note: this is for the non-hooded partial-zip pullover model.
- Heavy by BPL standards, although then again, we’re talking just a few ounces of excess over my Helly Hanson Mars or Montane windshirts.
- Breathability is very good, although under certain conditions condensation will form (e.g., overheating while xc skate skiing in very cold weather), so definitely not excellent breathability as compared to some windshirts.
- Fit is not very well tapered, and pulling it over your body can be a bit tricky sometimes.
- Durability is outstanding. I’ve worn it for all sorts of activities (ski mountaineering, xc skiing, hiking, mtn biking, road biking) over many years, washed it a zillion times (and just regular detergent, since Nextec claims that’s fine), with no noticeable wear or degradation in performance.
- Water resistance is excellent for a windshirt. I’ve gotten away with this windshirt while others around me have been putting on their massive gore-tex parkas.
So bottomline, I tend to take this for trips where are few extra ounces are no big deal, or when I know I’m going to be wearing it all the time (in which cases wearing a few extra ounces doesn’t seem a big a deal as packing a few extra ounces). I know making a big deal about a few extra ounces in any context seems ridiculous, but then again, this BPL, right?