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Revelcloud Hoodie Jacket
Test Series by: Gail Staisil, Marquette, Michigan
Initial Report - December 15, 2013
December 15, 2013
Name: Gail Staisil
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Weight: 152 lb (69 kg)
Location: Marquette, Michigan USA
Email: woodswoman 2001 AT yahoo DOT comFor over two decades, backpacking has become a passion. I am a four-season backpacker and an off-trail navigator. Although I do take yearly trips to the American West or Southwest, the majority of my trips are in Michigan and Canada. My pack weight varies considerably but my base weight is below 18 lb (8 kg). I am primarily a tarp camper who averages more than 50 nights a year backpacking in a huge variety of weather conditions including relentless rain, wet snow and sub-zero temps.
Initial Impressions and Product Description
The REI Revelcloud Hoodie arrived with no apparent imperfections. I ordered a size Large which was perfect matched to the measurements on the manufacturer's website. I would consider the cut of the hoodie to be a regular fit versus an athletic-type fit. The hoodie received was in the shade of Nightsea which is exactly like it sounds...a very dark teal-navy color like the color of a lake after dusk. The inside of the hoodie is a lighter shade of teal as well as both the front center and hand pocket zippers.
Design and Technical Features
The REI Revelcloud Hoodie is a lightly-insulated jacket that is fabricated with a Pertex Quantum (recycled fabric) shell. This densely woven fabric is both reportedly able to block wind up to 50 mph (81 kph) and has a DWR (durable water resistant) finish which could fend off light rain, snow and stains. The manufacturer's specs chart on its website conflicts with the wind rating as it says that it is not windproof, but the overall description on both the website and the hangtag claim otherwise as noted above. Time will tell!
The shell of the hoodie is stitched to the PrimaLoft Eco synthetic microfiber insulation in a decorative stitch pattern. The insulation is touted to be warm even when wet, soft and compressible and to insulate like down. The lining of the jacket is only stitched to the shell at the various perimeters such as hem, cuffs and hood. The lining consists of 70 percent recycled polyester fabric. The back of the jacket is cut longer than the front which gives good coverage to my backside as well as not exposing it when I raise my arms. The back measurement on a size large is almost 28.5 in (72 cm).
An interesting feature of the hoodie is a large inside pocket on the interior lower backside of the garment. This pocket is designed for the jacket to be self storing and a suggested use is for the stuffed pocket to be used as a pillow.
The jacket also features two large zippered hand-warmer pockets with rubber-like pull tabs on the zippers. Also noted is a smaller zippered pocket on the upper chest which features a port hole for electronics on the lining side. This pocket can be used for other purposes as well which I likely will do as I don't blend music with the outdoors.
The center-front zipper runs up into the hood area and ends with a fabric-covered chin guard. Zipped up, the jacket completely covers the neck area. The zipper also has an internal draft guard. All zippers on the garment are not waterproof.
The hoodie jacket has stretch binding on the ends of the sleeves which can gently stretch to accommodate layers. The bottom hem of the jacket has an internal draw cord with a cord lock at each side seam to adjust the circumference of the jacket.
The hood features mini-cordlocks on stretch cording which can adjust the hood to fit snugly around my face. Also featured on the back of the hood is an adjustment to tighten the circumference of the hoodie to my head size. The hoodie also features a small built-in visor.
Overall, I really like the design features of the hoodie. I anticipate using it with just a base layer for cross country and backcountry skiing or snowshoeing depending on temperatures, as well as wearing it as a mid-layer under a shell jacket. I am outside most days for extended periods of time.
Pros So Far
Cons So Far
Thanks to Recreational Equipment, Inc. and BackpackGearTest for this opportunity to test the Revelcloud Hoodie Jacket. This concludes my Initial Report. The Field Report will be appended to this report in approximately two months. Please check back then for more information.
Photo of REI Revelcloud Hoodie: Courtesy of Manufacturer
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