First Drop made a huge improvement over last year, both in quality and design. Everything is really well designed and feels solid. Tons of great features all over the suit.
Only two things making this an 8 (should be 8.5 if I could) First would be the slightly excessive oversizing of the pants, but they fit the style. Second is the suit is a bit bulky for packing. The XL would take up a good chunk of a large back pack or suitcase, so if you travel plan to wear the suit to give yourself space for other things.
Fabric coating is quite waterproof and should hold up to most days in the snow, though not my choice for a super wet or raining day.
The insulation is warmer than I expected and kept me warm in -20 celcius with just a baselayer underneath. The mesh style lining doesn't seem to absorb much moisture either which is really nice.
Style wise this suit kills it. The basic design is sick with the different colour panels and pockets, then add on the million colour choices between mixing solids, patterns, jacket and pants. If that wasn't enough, being able to buy different colour arms to zip in and the choices are pretty endless.
Functionality wise, everything is really well thought out in this suit.
Pockets are Everywhere, but really well placed. Outside pockets offer a ton of different places to put stuff, some have water proof zippers, others designed to expand for larger stuff. Even the pocket on the back comes in really handy and you'll be surprised how often you stuff things in there.
The zip off sleeves and pant bib are sweet features, and will be great in the spring. Pit zips and leg vents work really well to keep you cool when you want. Also the powder skirt and hand gaiters keep the snow out when there's freshies
As expected this suit fits BIG, exactly the way its supposed to
Jacket: Everything is really proportional on the jacket and true to the size chart. At 6'4" the XL's arms and body are still nice and long, without the coat being too bulky. Hangs to about mid thigh
Pants: Sizing here is way bigger than expected, even with suspenders cinched up, they still have a ton of sag and bunch around the boots. Legs are super wide and bulky too so if you don't want to be floating you can likely size down a little.
Fabric is tough feeling and holds up to abuse pretty well from falls and abrasion. All the seams look to be well sewn and holding up well to regular use.