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Sierra Designs Rad Jacket

Finding a jacket that is so feature laden that it will be your go to jacket is hard to find…until now! The Sierra Designs Rad shell is a bomber, slightly over-sized shell that's name is what it means…RAD! Sierra Designs Rad Hardshell Waterproof/Breathability: 18,000mm/18,000g/m2 Center Back Length: 31 in (large) Weight: 24oz (large) MSRP: $239 This is one of those pieces of gear that at first I felt was missing the bet, I have a medium (my usual size) and when I put it on I thought to myself  "what the hell?". The sleeves were a few inches too long, the jacket hung a bit lower than most and I felt almost like I was swimming in it. So I took it off and checked the size, twice. Yep it was a medium and no I had not shrunk, so here I am wondering what the hell SD was thinking as I began the testing. No doubt by this time I had decided there was some mistake and I would be bashing this jacket. However what I found is that SD nailed it! Seriously I can't tell you how many times I have purchased a shell and when the conditions get gnarly and I layer up it seems like the shell would barely cover my layering but not with the Rad. The pockets hang a bit lower due to the longer cut and it actually fits well and my hands rest comfortably in the pockets…this was new to me and I dig it. Aside from the fit and feel this jacket is dialed with fully-taped PVC-free seams, 2 interior zippered pockets and 2 interior dump pockets, a center front storm flap, exposed waterproof zippers, condor construction, a helmet compatible, fully adjustable hood with visor, an adjustable hem and cuff, and underarm vents. I really don't see major detraction's with the design other than when I would sit down I would end up sitting on the bottom of the jacket and I think eventually it could cause some wear issues. Yes it may take a bit of time to get used to it and I guess I still feel like a bit of a wank wearing an oversized jacket but all in all it's good. However if you're one of those folks that lost your belt years ago and walk around sagging, hell you'll feel right as rain. To say the Rad is feature rich is an understatement. What I have found is that SD made a leap with the new styling of this shell and they nailed it…kinda like chocolate covered bacon, at first maybe you think it's a bad idea…but then you try it and you're hooked.

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