Ex Officio Storm Logic FR - Jen P
- Hi Jet-
Here's my updated FR based on what we discussed. More to talk about
now. It's in the test folder as well.
February 3, 2012
Field Conditions (back to top)
Short hike along Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, USA. Approximately
1 mile (1.6 km), 45 F (7 C), overcast with gusty winds off the lake.
Casual wearings around town in Connecticut and California in 25 to 60
F (-4-16 C).
Shoveling snow in a really wet snow storm. 35 F (2 C), gusty winds.
2 day hikes on Wintergreen Lake, Connecticut, USA. Approximately 3
miles (4.8 km), sunny and approximately 40 F (4 C).
Sailing in San Diego Bay, California, USA. Sunny, very windy and 50 F (10 C).
Day hike on the Sacramento River Trail in Redding, California, USA.
Approximately 1 mile (1.6 km), sunny and 50 F (10 C).
5 flight legs ranging from 1 hour to 6 grueling hours with two toddlers.
Lake Winnipesaukee in late Fall and the foreboding sky
As the reader may have noticed the Field Report period for this test
was twice the normal length. Unfortunately for this test, New England
has had an exceptionally mild winter. This has meant that this jacket
didn't get much use in the first two months of this test. In order to
fairly evaluate the jacket, this field report covers four months of
wear. The long term report will remain the regular 2 month time
The first time I wore this jacket it wasn't particularly cold out but
there was a cold wind gusting off of the lake I was hiking around.
When I initially started walking I had the jacket zipped up and I did
not feel the wind at all. It kept me quite warm inside the jacket.
After walking for a bit and warming up, I was able to unzip the jacket
and still feel comfortable.
I wore this jacket during a freak snow storm at the end of October.
The snowfall was very, very wet and basically melted on contact with
the jacket. For most of my time in the snow I was shoveling snow so I
was definitely getting my heart rate going. The jacket got quite wet
but the dampness did not seem to seep through and get my clothing wet.
And although I was working hard, I didn't get overly sweaty and I kept
the jacket fully zipped the whole time. I usually find that if my feet
stay warm the rest of my body tends to stay warm too (and I was
wearing thick socks and waterproof boots). Although the jacket was
quite wet, it did dry pretty quickly in my warm but dark basement hung
on a drying rack. By the next afternoon it was completely dry (and
possibly before then, that's when I happened to check it).
I find the jacket quite comfortable to wear. It feels cozy to me. I
like the elastic in the wrists, it keeps cold air out nicely but it
isn't tight at all so I can actually fit full-sized winter gloves
inside the jacket cuff. On a typical hike or just for daily use I just
wear a thin pair of knit gloves or occasionally thinner fleece gloves.
All of these options work nicely with this jacket. And I have plenty
of pockets to store my gloves in if I go inside or want to take them
off temporarily. One thing I don't like is that the jacket is lined
with a silky material similar to the outside of the jacket.
Occasionally, I wear the jacket with short sleeves and I don't like
that silky material directly on my skin. Usually that fabric is cold,
and I just don't find it comfortable. I would prefer some kind of
I have found the jacket to be warm enough down to almost 30 F (-1 C)
if I'm wearing a baselayer and a midlayer (like a thin fleece) under
it. The jacket does have a collar that stays standing up nicely to
block the wind, but if it's actually windy out there's enough space
between the collar and my hat that I need to wear a scarf or something
around my neck at least until I get warmed up. On a regular day
without wind, the collar provides enough protection against the cold
air. The only other area where I have a problem with cold air is
around the shoulder seams where the arms are attached to the torso of
the jacket. If I'm only wearing a baselayer under the jacket I can
feel a bit of cold air seeping in through that seam. Usually I only
notice this when I first go outside or when I'm stopping to take a
break. Anywhere below around 30 F (-1 C) and I start feeling cold. I
would need a longer jacket that covers part of my legs and rear and a
thicker coat. This is pretty much exactly what I expected out of the
I've used the jacket quite a bit in pillow-mode. Converting it to a
pillow at home was pretty simple when I laid the jacket out on the
floor. Converting it for the first time in an airplane with only a
teeny tiny personal space was more difficult. Initially, I just tried
to stuff the jacket into the pouch, but that didn't work very well and
I had a hard time securing the hook and loop closures and then ended
up with a lumpy pillow. I did get it straightened out a bit so it was
comfortable. In pillow-mode there's a button and three button holes so
the jacket can be made into a neck pillow and worn around the neck.
Without the button fastened the pillow stays more in a tube shape. I
find the neck pillow a little odd; it feels a little claustrophobic to
me since it basically has the same girth all the way around the pillow
and near my face. I prefer to just use it as a pillow "tube" and lean
it against the side of the plane (when I get the window seat). I'm
also not crazy about using a pillow made out of that silky material
(that the jacket is lined with). It makes the pillow slippery and
I didn't find air travel particularly useful with this jacket. I
intended to wear it throughout the airport but by the time I got my
bags checked I was already much too hot to keep it on. In the winter
it seems that public places (like airports) compensate for the cold
weather outside by making the indoor temperature really, really warm.
I couldn't keep it on. I shoved the jacket into the crisscrossing
bungee cables of my backpack for airport security and walking through
the terminal (you can't wear a jacket through security anyway). So
while my boarding pass did fit nicely in that pocket, it only stayed
there for about a minute until I took the jacket off. I think after
the test period ends I will probably put my jacket in my checked
luggage as soon as I get inside the terminal and use a regular travel
pillow on my flights. Although, if I'm packing especially light, or if
I'm not checking luggage, I would likely use the pillow feature of the
I haven't needed to wash the jacket yet. Even hiking with 2 messy
toddlers with what seems like constant runny noses, the jacket still
looks good. I do plan to wash it during the long term test period to
see how it holds up. All of the zippers continue to run smoothly and
no other maintenance issues have come up.
I think the plethora of pockets are a little unnecessary. I can't
imagine how bulky it would be if they were all filled. I have filled a
few pockets simultaneously and that made it feel a little weighed
down. I wish all of the pockets were lined with the soft material like
the pocket intended for sunglasses--especially the cell phone pocket.
Summary (back to top)
This is a comfortable jacket, cozy even. The fit in the shoulders is
just right while the stomach area is a bit loose. Lots of pockets.
Gimmicky pillow, but nice to have in a pinch.
Please check back in about 2 months for the final installment of this report.
Thank you to ExOfficio and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to
test this item.
- firstname.lastname@example.org wrote on 02/03/2012 09:48:49 AM:
> Hi Jet-Hi Jennifer...
> Here's my updated FR based on what we discussed. More to talk about
> now. It's in the test folder as well.
> Field Report
> February 3, 2012
Thanks for your Storm Logic Jacket Field Report. I think the added
content makes for a much improved report.
Only one comment and you're good to go. Let me know if you need me to
delete the old one, although I believe that was already taken care of by
James E. Triplett
Ex Officio Storm Logic Jacket Monitor
Casual wearings around town in Connecticut and California in 25 to 60 F
[Comment] You may want to change "-4-16 C" to "-4 to16 C" to be
consistent with the F notation, and avoid the confusion of thinking the 16
is a negative number.
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