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OR Exos Jacket : All-Purpose, All-Weather

If I'm hiking on the trails near Seattle, or even walking in urban parks, I need to really move. Strolling just doesn't cut it for me. So I need a jacket that cuts the wind, blocks the mist, and breathes.

My OR Exos jacket is perfect for the job. For a jacket that's not waterproof (but extremely water repellent), it does a pretty good job of acting like it is. Mist, schmist. Drizzle, schmizzle. I've even worn it on many occasions when the rain was coming down pretty hard, and was impressed by how dry I was when I got home (despite the fact that the outside of the jacket was soaked).

When I'm not power walking, the Exos jacket is my first choice for urban outings because it's one of the few "outdoor" jackets I have that passes as sporty casual. It's slim cut, hidden zippered side pockets, stand-up half collar, and low profile logo all give this sleek black jacket a cool, street look. (Also available in gray.)

One of my favorite features-- the sleeve design. Rather than use cuffs or Velcro enclosures at the wrists (those drive me crazy--the Velcro always snags on my clothes), the OR designers thoughtfully constructed this jacket with elegant tapered sleeves that look flattering, don't bunch up at the wrists, and allow freedom of movement. I also like the generous pockets: two zippered side pockets for my keys and wallet, an internal pouch pocket for map or iPod, and a zippered internal pocket for my passport.

Available in men's and women's styles and sizes.

Bottom Line: An excellent light weight, multi-purpose jacket for people on the go (and for people who just want to look good.)--E.D. (Nov. '05)

Price: $169

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