I was able to wear the jacket a few times in the rain, for running and casual wear. Here are some of the things I noticed.
First, it is clearly well made, stitched, put together, etc. Although it doesn't come with the price tag of the big name brands that I will not mention, it does come with as much, if not more craftsmanship. The zipper, cords, hood, stretch elastic are all well done and comfortably in place.
|Check the zipper placement|
Second, a BIG deal for me, was the zipper placement. I LOVE that the zipper tops out at the neckline, with the hood behind, unobstructed by the zipper being closed. I cannot stand when jackets have the zipper completely closed in a higher position like in the mid neck or chin level. I find it constricting and uncomfortably lost in Neverland. Also, when the zipper is that high, it can cause the hood to be bothersome when putting it up or down. The Augusta brand does a nice job placing the zipper at the top of the neck and it is less restrictive, while also allowing the hood a full range of motion to go up or down.
Finally, the performance of the jacket in rain conditions was spot on. It was 100% able to resist water on a run and when used in casual conditions. When I took it off when I was done being in the rain, I shook it off and all the water was off. I found the medium size true to fit and it was a comfortable jacket to wear. In hind sight, I may have ordered a small to wear on a run so that it was a little more fitted, but I do like the medium's feel. I found the jacket enjoyable to wear on a run and it looks nice enough to wear casually as well. Sometimes, running apparel can be limiting because of style, color, or fit to the primary purpose. I like the dual ability of the Avail to kind of go anywhere.
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