[The Graying Geargal is back! Her last review was so popular that I just had to have her as my tester for one of my Featured Brands. I sent her the Peak Power Shell to test in the drizzle of an Alaskan “spring.” ~HG]
I have only worn this jacket for two weeks; however, I must blog immediately because so many women have stopped me to admire the jacket and to ask where they can buy it. Of course, I refer them to the Geargals site because they can read about the latest apparel and obtain honest reviews. [Shameless plug! But I like it. HG]
I have worn this shell on several hikes in temperatures that range from the high 30s on a sunny day to low 60s on a windy day. I confess that I like being warm so I took a light down jacket along on the first hike just in case the day did not warm into the 40s. After all, this was the first time using the shell, and one does not want to be far from shelter when weather does not cooperate! As it turned out, I never used the extra layer.
This is a wind-proof jacket! I will not reiterate the scientific details about Omni-Dry, they are available on the Columbia website. I will confirm that the shell performs exactly as they state. On the first hike, I was comfortable all day with the jacket completely zipped. Even though I did not open the underarm vents, I did not get too warm. I did not get too cold either. As Goldilocks would say, I was just right all day! I LOVE the sleeve length and the extra length in the back. I use trekking poles when I hike so I appreciate sleeves that allow me to move my arms without restriction and without sleeves that pull back from the wrists.
On the second day, I started out with zippers closed, but I opened the under arm vents as the day warmed. Since the wind was brisk, I kept the front zipper closed. This was another “just right” day.
I love the bright turquoise color (officially Oxide Blue) paired with the two-toned grey collar and lining. Since I do not like to shop for clothes, I have been envious of my friends who were wearing this trendy color for weeks. The shell comes in black and tan also if you prefer neutral colors.
I have not tried the attached hood yet, but I did notice that it has three gray thingamajigs that enable the wearer to adjust it to perfection. Without any help from Head Geargal, I figured out how they work! It has not rained since I obtained the shell, but as a true gear tester, I rallied to find another alternative and now I can attest to the fact that these zippers are waterproof! While enjoying my favorite white chocolate mocha, I felt a drop fall from the lip of the coffee cup onto my new coat. DRATS! It landed perfectly on the front zipper where everyone would notice! Nothing worse than cleaning coffee off a zipper when you are nowhere near water except having to wear the obvious spot for the rest of the day on a NEW jacket. Readers of
previous blogs will recall that I really do leave new clothes in a closet for months and admittedly years before I use them. I dearly love new, perfect clothes! Prepare for a shock: I blotted the zipper with a tissue: coffee bubble GONE! I cannot state that this fabric will not stain; however, liquid does not permeate this ultra-light laminate membrane.
This is a women’s shell! It fits a women’s body! Wow! Have I been getting compliments! My athletic friends immediately noticed that the sides tapered at the waist to provide a flattering line for active women. Having just lost twenty-seven pounds after decades in frumpy clothing, I appreciate the contour and am inspired to lose another fifteen pounds in the coming months [evidently the Graying Geargal is on a quest to disappear. ~HG]. I really like the look and usefulness of the cute Velcro dots at the wrist. There are several spaced for flexibility in desired tightness around the wrist.
MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: I intend to give up my hoarding tendencies and embrace new
technology as soon as I acquire new clothing!