REI REVELCLOUD WOMEN'S HOODIE JACKET
TEST SERIES BY KATHLEEN WATERS
INITIAL REPORT - December 19, 2013
kathy at backpackgeartest dot com
Canon City, Colorado, USA
5' 4" (1.60 m)
125 lb (56.70 kg)
Living in Colorado and being self-employed, I have ample opportunities to backpack. There are over 700,000 acres/280,000 hectares of public land bordering my 71-acre/29-hectare "backyard" in addition to all the other gorgeous locations which abound in Colorado.
Over the past 15 years, my husband John and I have also had the good fortune to hike/snowshoe glaciers, rain forests, mountains and deserts in exotic locations, including New Zealand, Iceland, Costa Rica, Slovenia and Death Valley.
My hiking style is comfortable, aiming for lightweight. I use a tent (rainfly if needed). Current pack averages 25 lb (11 kg) excluding food and water.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
|Manufacturer: Recreational Equipment, Inc.|
Year of Manufacture: 2013
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.rei.com
MSRP: US $159.00
Listed Weight: N/A
Measured Weight: 12 oz (340 g)
Available Colors: Nightsea and Citron
Tested Color: Nightsea
Available Sizes: XS to L
Tested Size: Medium
* Shell Fabric: Recycled polyester
* Shell Lining Fabric: Recycled polyester
* Insulation type: Synthetic, PrimaLoft Eco polyester fibers
REI Warranty: "We stand behind everything we sell. If you are not satisfied with your REI purchase, you can return it for a replacement or refund. Items must be returned within a year of purchase, except items purchased from REI-OUTLET which must be returned within 30 days of purchase."
Made in Viet Nam.
|Picture Courtesy of REI|
When the REI Revelcloud Women's Hoodie Jacket (hereafter called simply the "Revelcloud", "jacket" or "hoodie") arrived, I was sure the box was empty. It was that lightweight!
Pulling the Revelcloud out of the box I found it to be a very pretty shade of dark blue lined in green with same-colored (green) full-length front zipper and two side hand pockets. There is a permanently attached hood which when not in use, lays flat against the back of the hoodie and creates a stand-up collar. The hood can be cinched tight via a drawcord system and barrel lock at the front neck and additional fitting can be made with the cinch cord tucked under a flap at the back of the hood. The hood features a short soft-billed brim.
The front zipper features an internal draft tube/flap and a nice chin guard at the top. There is an internal drawcord at the hem for a snug fit and bound stretchy cuffs to keep the chilly winds from blowing up the sleeves. And speaking of chilly winds, REI advertises that the Revelcloud will block winds up to 50 mph (81 kph) - good to know and that will definitely be tested here in Colorado on summit treks.
The fabric of the Revelcloud is polyester and is very soft to the touch, both inside and out. With such a smooth surface, I am able to easily add layers to it for additional warmth.
In addition to the two front side hand-warmer pockets which sport 7 in (18 cm) zippers, there is a small chest-high media pocket with an invisible 5 in (12.5 cm) zipper on the left front. My mp3 player will easily fit into the pocket but my smartphone (2.5 x 5 in/5 x 13 cm) will not. The zipper is so perfectly "hidden" in one of the quilt seams that I wore the jacket several times before I even noticed it! There is an earbud port clearly marked inside the jacket
Lastly, there is an interior lumbar (back) pocket with a 9.5 in (24 cm) zipper into which the Revelcloud can be stowed and packed into a backpack. When the jacket is stuffed into this pocket, it forms a decent sized, roughly - 10 by 7.5 in (25 x 19 cm) pillow. Nice!
Oh, and I almost forgot - there are NO company logos splashed anywhere on the exterior of the Revelcloud - only a small soft interior neck tag tells me the hoodie is an REI product and two small interior side seam tags let me know Primaloft and Pertex materials were used in the construction. Again, NICE!
READING THE INSTRUCTIONS
I always check out care instructions before I buy any of my clothes but am especially careful when purchasing clothing I'm going to be wearing when backpacking, hiking and snowshoeing. I try to avoid clothing with abnormal care requirements. The REI Revelcloud's care instructions are printed on an interior side seam tag and, surprisingly, do not have the usual international symbols. The tag - in English (only) - states:
* Machine wash cold
* Gentle cycle
* Do not bleach
* Tumble dry lowd
* Remove promptly
* Do iron or steam
* Secure all zippers and closures
* Do not dry clean
I think I can handle that!
TRYING IT OUT
According to the size chart on the REI website, the women's Medium equates to a women's size 8 with measurements of 36 - 30.5 - 39 in (91.5 - 76 - 99 cm) and a sleeve length of 31.75 (80.5 cm). I found that to be very accurate and the Revelcloud Hoodie fits me more or less closely but not too snuggly. I can easily get a base layer and a light mid-layer underneath and can over-layer it with a rain/wind shell if need be.
With a base layer and a light down vest, I found my range of motion to be relaxed and complete. I hardly noticed I had the Revelcloud on (except for the comfortable warmth)!
The sleeves can come well over my wrists down to my finger tips, so when the cuff is at my wrists, there is some overlap of the sleeve over the cuff. There aren't any thumb loops to pull the cuffs downward a bit to cover the tops of my hands. Thankfully, the cuffs are not overly tight and restrictive but rather easily fit over all but my bulkiest gloves and mittens.
The back of the Revelcloud is sized at 27 in (68.5 cm) and is about 3 in (7.5 cm) longer than the front, so my bottom is covered when walking but not totally protected when sitting down.
The cinch cords on the hood make securing it easy and I can pulll tighten the hood to the point that the brim actually covers the tops of my glasses/sunglasses, the sides of my cheeks and the bottom of my chin if I want. It feels very, very cozy! When I position the collar under my chin while having the hood tightly cinched, I'm happy to note there isn't any friction or rubbing from the zipper which tucks into a flap at the collar's edge.
As for the Revelcloud's pockets, my mp3 player fits perfectly in the media pocket and I had no trouble threading my Yurbud Ironman earbud cable into it through the interior earbud port. Stowing the hoodie in the interior packable pocket required a bit of careful stuffing so as to not snag the material, but it made a nice neat pillow when done! Lastly, the two front pockets are HUGE! They literally cover the entire bottom half of the jacket. Nice!
THINGS I LIKE SO FAR
*** Lightweight feel
*** Easy fit - not too loose, not too snug
*** Great color
I'm so excited to be wearing the REI Revelcloud Hoodie Jacket this winter season and am looking forward to getting outdoors often to enjoy the quiet of snow-covered trails. I much prefer winter hiking/backpacking and snowshoeing to summer treks and the advent of colder temps has me dreaming of a White Christmas! It has certainly gotten much colder here in Colorado this past week with nighttime temperatures below zero F (-18 C) and daytime highs struggling to get out of the teens F (-7 C). BRRRR! With the Revelcloud, I'm planning to enjoy even the most brisk weather. Quick! It's starting to flurry! Where's my Revelcloud Hoodie?
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This concludes my Initial Report. My sincere thanks to REI and for the opportunity to try to stay warm these next four months. Please return in early February to see if I do!
Kathleen (Kathy) Waters
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