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A super-versatile, lightweight, 3-layer waterproof jacket made for alpine adventures in all seasons. WeatherEdge® Flux, powered by eVent® technology, provides complete waterproof protection and superior breathability.
"This jacket is light and packable, but when you put it on, you feel as sheltered as in a cocoon."
Caroline George, Eddie Bauer Alpine Climbing Guide, after using the BC Alpine Lite ski mountaineering in Chamonix, France
Active: Our most athletic fit. Close to the body without restricting mobility. Designed to fit over baselayers and lightweight midlayers.
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Comments about First Ascent|Women|Jackets & Vests Women's BC Alpine Lite Jacket:
As I write this, I'm still undecided whether I will keep this coat or send it back.
I don't think that I would have been happy with the jacket at full price; at 40% off, it presents a decision dilemnna. First, it's still a pretty expensive jacket at that, and there are some features I would expect in a jacket in this price range that are missing.
1) a two way zipper,
2) a sturdy zipper (this thing is TINY - which may be intentional in a waterproof jacket, but it does concern me as a potential weak point - and getting it hooked up with gloves on would likely be a challenge
3) some give, somewhere
4) a little softer fabric.
This is the first serious waterproof/water resistant layer I have purchased - so I don't know what is reasonable to expect in this type of garment. Maybe you can have flexibility, or water resistance and breatheability, but not all three at the same time, but this fabric is really quite unusual in my experience. It's fairly stiff - though thin and light - and quite crinkly. A bit like donning a cross between a plastic and a paper bag. Sort of. It won't be quiet, of that I'm sure. It certainly looks like it would be water resistant.
The cut is beautiful, however. It's a pretty coat on (if you care about that, when you're hiking). The zipper is coated. The seams are precise. It's just beautifully made. The black is a pure, matte, jet black; it's very striking.
I tried it on over a silk underlayer topped with a light fleece 1/4 zip top to see if I was going to be able to manage warm as well as waterproof. It seems to be ok, but, there is no give in the fabric or the design anywhere so it feels like it could be somewhat restrictive through the shoulders sometimes. Probably just fine for walking and about town. More demanding, active pursuits? I'm just not certain.
I really want to like this coat. I'd feel a bit better about gambling that I will be happy with it in use if it were not quite so expensive.