Rating: 5 / 5
I have played with the Drop Stoppers a bit, carried them a bunch of times this fall. Never had to use them, just tried them out a few times near the house in the drizzle.
Finally got a chance to wear the jacket today in the snow. First, the size is great because it slides right on over my other layers (wool base, WM Flash vest, and fleece top).
Second, I learned the hood fits great over my hiking rain/snow hat, which has a wide floppy brim. The hood forms a taut head cover (as described in another post), with a lip from the hat hood, and it felt great, could see out with no problem and pulled the hood away from my face.
It is easy to adjust the face opening with the hood over the hat and I am going to get a shoestring lock and put it on the cords to make it easier.
The fit and comfort raised this combo to a 5 for me. The improved visibility with the hat in the hood convinced me this will be a really comfortable jacket for hiking in the rain.
Snow didn't phase this jacket and I was warm, dry, and happy -- for 5 oz. and only about $7.50 (1/2 the pants and jacket suit cost). And, it was actually warm, keeping wind out.
Zipper works easily and goes up to a good height near the neck. I might put a few velcro tabs on the flap as another poster mentioned, but don't know that it needs it. Putting it on over a light weight MH balaclava it covered the bottom of the balaclava well, so sealed off the neck when the jacket was zipped up.
No moisture got through. Hiked around for awhile and it never felt like it built up an moisture inside, in fact it ventilated just from walking with the bottom loose. I migh even take a light weight piece of elastic string and tighten it up for real cold or wind conditions, or when just standing around.
The wrist elastic bands worked, and I pulled the sleeve up a bit and they held, so it is easy to vent the lower arms that way.
Is is a light weight and not designed to last forever jacket, so I know to be careful with it. We don't do a lot of trails around here or off trail hiking where I think it will be a problem. Under or over deadfalls is the worst the jacket will go through and that I think I can handle w/o harming the jacket. Duck tape appears to work from what others have said, don't know if it will work in a soggy rain or not.
But for what it is mainly for, a minimalist rain suit, I think it is great.
I can wear the jacket and not the pants, or the pants and not the jacket if I want; which is a benefit over my poncho. I will try the pants with a tie around the ankles next spring for dry pants crossing a small stream. (I haven't worn the pants enough to know if they are going to be a problem seam wise, but duct tape will apparently fix any problem.)
So a ratio of performance and weight gives this gear a 5 IMO. (I am also really interested in the O2 jacket, but it costs twice as much as the Drop Stoppers set so have not jumped on that line of inquiry, yet.)