67303IR: GoLite Wind River Softshell Jacket - Pat McNeilly
- Jan 1, 2011Happy New Year to everyone at BGT!
I realize this report is early and BGT is on break but I wanted to keep
up on things. So, below is the text for my IR on the GoLite Wind River
Softshell. The html is in the Tests folder at:
I look forward to any edits.
GOLITE WIND RIVER SOFTSHELL JACKET
TEST SERIES BY PATRICK MCNEILLY <<IMAGE 1>>
January 01, 2011
NAME: Patrick McNeilly
EMAIL: mcne4752 AT yahoo DOT com
LOCATION: Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
WEIGHT: 155 lb (70.30 kg)
TORSO SIZE 18.5 in (47 cm)
WAIST SIZE 34 in (86 cm)
I have been hiking for over 20 years but backpacking only since about
2002. Most of my backpacking is done as overnight trips and occasional
weekend and weeklong trips. My typical packweight is approximately 18
to 20 lb (8 to 9 kg) before food or water. Most of my backpacking is
the three season variety in the mountains of Maryland, Virginia,
Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. In addition to backpacking, I also
fish, hunt, and enjoy orienteering. As a result, some of my backpacking
equipment gets used in a number of different venues.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.golite.com"
LINK TEXT = "http://www.golite.com">>
Listed Weight: 1 lb 6 oz (620 g)
Measured Weight: 1 lb 6 oz (620 g)
Size Tested: Medium
Color Tested: Ocean Blue/Granite
Other available colors: Black/Black, Granite/Granite
The GoLite Wind River Softshell is a relaxed fit, breathable jacket
which is designed to provide a superior range of motion. The jacket is
composed of a recycled polyester and nylon fabric which includes the
addition of spandex and a durable water repellent finish. GoLite
indicates that the jacket has reinforcements in high abrasion areas,
articulated wrist cuffs, harness compatible pocket placement, and a
bonded sleeve pocket.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Jacket Front">><<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT
TEXT = "Jacket Back">>
My first impression fo the GoLite Wind River Softshell (aka the jacket)
is that it is a quality item. The workmanship appears to be very good.
I do not see problems with the stitching or other materials. The jacket
shell is composed of two different fabrics. On fabric is softer and
stretchier while the other is somewhat stiffer but still quite stretchy.
The stiffer fabric appears to have a heavier weave to it and covers the
tops of the sleeves and the shoulder area. <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT =
"Fabric Close-up" IMAGE CAPTION = "Detail of fabrics on the shoulder">>
The jacket has a total of four pockets. There are two front handwarmer
pockets which measure approximately 6 in x 10 in (15 cm x 25 cm) hand
have 6 in (15 cm) zippers which appear to be water resistant. The
front pocket openings are located 7 in (18 cm) from the bottom of the
jacket and GoLite indicates that they are positioned to be compatable
with a harness. There is also a 4.5 in x 6 in (11 cm x 15 cm) pocket
in the left sleeve which has a 4.5 in (11 cm) water resistant zipper.
This pocket is large enough to hold a cell phone or music player.
Lastly there is 4.5 in x 8 in (11 cm x 20 cm) pocket inside the jacket
located at waist level on the left side.
The jacket has a two-way main zipper on the front which is backed by a 1
in (2.5 cm) storm flap made of the same material as the main body of the
jacket. the very top of the zipper is covered by a flap of material to
prevent the zipper from touching bare skin.
Other features of the jacket include articulated wrists which also have
hook-and-loop adjustable closures. The sleeves also have thin
wristlets on the inside. At the bottom hem, there are single-hand
adjustable draw strings on either side of the jacket. The jacket is
lined with a microfiber fleece material. The collar measure
approximately 3 in (8 cm) high all around and is lined with a very soft
microfiber material which is different than the rest of the jacket's
READING THE INSTRUCTIONS
The cleaning instructions indicate that the jacket can be machine washed
with like colors and should be line dried or tumble dried on low. The
jacket can be ironed with a cool iron if necessary. GoLite recommends
not to use bleach or fabric softeners when laundering. There is also a
recommendation not to dry clean the jacket.
TRYING IT OUT
When I tried the Wind River Softshell on for the first time, I felt that
the sleeves were a bit tight, especially in the forearm. There may have
been two reasons for this. First, I tried the jacket on over a medium
weight fleece which was a little tough to get on with microfiber liner
of the softshell. Secondly, the inner wristlets may have been bunched
up a bit as I put it on. I tried the jacket with lighter weight and
smoother fabrics and did not have the same feeling. I would say that
the jacket is best with light to medium weight garments underneath.
The amount of stretch that the jacket has is quite remarkable. I feel
that I have great freedom of movement with the jacket on and don't have
any problems with reaching up. The jacket seems to just move with me.
The location of the pockets is quite good. The front pockets are at
just the right height for me. I cane easily slip my hands into the
pockets. These pockets also seem quite deep and appear to provide lots
of space for various items. The sleeve pocket is easy to access and of
a reasonable size. The interior pocket seem to be in an odd place.
Since it is at waist level, I need to unzip the jacket quite a bit to
access the pocket. I will keep an eye to see how useful this pocket
ends up being.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Zipper bottom">>All the zippers work
smoothly but one problem I did find was with the two-way main zipper.
When the bottom part of the is mover up the teeth tend to separate and
it is a little difficult to get the bottom of the zipper to zip closed.
This is something I will monitor and mention in future reports.
The GoLite Wind River Softshell Jacket appears to be a well constructed
product. The jacket has a fairly snug fit and may be best with lighter
weight layers underneath. The jacket stretches and provides a good
freedom of movement. The pockets appear to be placed in good locations
but the interior pocket may be a little hard to access. One initial
problem noted was the two-way zipper which was a little hard to close at
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