The Epsilon SV is a stretch-woven hooded softshell. It's made with a medium-weight bonded polyester so it breathes really well and will keep out light to moderate rains and snow. The DWR finish and moderate insulation make this perfect for mixed weather. The structured hood and longer hip length increase coverage for cold days on skis or trails. At just a hair over 16 oz, weight isn't an issue.
2 hand pockets (mesh backed so they can double as core vents)
1 stretch sleeve pocket
Hood draw cord (can be adjusted from inside hand pockets)
Stretch panel in cuffs
Tsuyoshi - Feb 10, 2009 5:40 am - Voted 3/5OK Jacket...
The good stuff - This jacket has great abrasion resistance. I can remember 2 specific pitches of climbing I did while wearing this jacket that required scraping up the whole way. At the top of each pitch, I think the jacket came out less injured than the rock! I wore mine for many climbs (at least 10) and it still looked like new, except for one small snag in the outside. Compared to a lot of other jackets, this thing is bombproof. Also, the cuffs at the end of the sleeves have a strange cut that at first appears annoying. With some use, I found the odd angled cut actually allowed the sleeve to cover more of my wrist while keeping the jacket out of my palms. The gusseted arms were another thing I found to be useful.
The not-so-good stuff - The biggest flaw in this jacket was breathability. Even in the summer, wearing my gamma mx did a better job of keeping me from overheating. This jacket does not breath as well as most softshells I have tried before. Part of this, I think, comes from the material the shell is made of. It isn't as soft as most softshells (but has better abrasion resistance). Even though it made me overheat in warmer temps, it didn't keep me warm in the cold. This jacket only worked on those perfect in between that never happen. Another flaw I found in this jacket is the wind resistance. Any winds over 15 mph and you start to lose heat and the jackets starts to feel like dead weight. But that most annoying thing I found with this jackets was that the hood didn't work well with a helmet. I could fit a helmet in the hood but felt like I couldn't look in any directions other than strait unless the jacket was zipped below my neck... bummer.
All in all, it is a decent jacket, but for the price there are better jackets out there to get!