The best part of this jacket is that it looks great. The fit is wicked, the cut is sick and it works well. Waterproofing is good enough to keep you dry under regular conditions, and it even stood up to some pretty burly weather a few times.
The best part about wearing Avalaan is that its actually different from the same garbage you see all the time in North America. Everyone here wears the same brands, so its refreshing to sport something completely different. Plus their ads are hilarious, and their team insane. Its a brand I back for sure.
The jacket was good in all conditions. When it was super hot up on the glacier, it did get a bit too hot at times, as its got a thin layer of insulation built in. But on the cold days I was warm, and rainy days dry.
Good. There's plenty of neat little features, such as a hood that velcros down so you don't get hood-in-the-face-while-landing-switchism. That is a damn handy feature. Nice little music pocket, though sometimes I was a little worried that the one velcro tab would let my shuffle go. It came dangerously close to slipping through an open gap a few times...
The jacket is well-built and very comfortable. If I was summiting everest, I'd probably want something a little more burly for the elements, but I wouldn't look nearly as good as this.
B-A-G-G-Y. Avalaan takes the cake for the baggiest outerwear I have ever put on my body. I ordered a size large and it was MASSIVE. Now, some companies that make baggy clothing it has an extremely sloppy look. There's no thought put into how the garmet will hang with all that extra sag, and Avalaan has done an impeccable job with this. Its baggy but not goofy looking. It sags in all the right places.
I lost a velcro tab here and there, but nothing super serious.