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REI McCone Jacket Review

   

Softshell Jackets - Men's

  • Currently 3.0/5
Overall avg rating 3.0 of 5 based on 1 review. Most recent review: March 22, 2014
Street Price:   $129
Pros:  Inexpensive, attractive styling.
Cons:  Restrictive fit is bad for activities with motion in upper body.
Best Uses:  Around town
User Rating:       (0.0 of 5) based on 0 reviews
Manufacturer:   REI
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ March 22, 2014  
Overview
The REI McCone Jacket has been discontinued and is no longer available. If you're in need of a softshell jacket, consider the Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody, $150, which wins our Best Buy Award. To see how all of the softshells that we tested measure up, check out the Best Softshell Jacket Review.

Despite its low price the REI McCone is one of our lowest scoring softshell jackets. REI makes some fantastic products, such as tents, but this jacket is not one of their most impressive creations. We found that the jacket had an odd, uncomfortable fit and was considerably less breathable than many other softshells. This could be an OK choice if you want a jacket for around town and occasional backcountry use. However, if those applications are what you're looking for we recommend the Patagonia Adze.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

Performance Comparison
Weather Protection
The jacket is highly wind resistant and, like most softshells, only slightly water resistant.

Breathability
The McCone scores low in this area. As a result, it performs poorly for aerobic activities unless it's very cold and windy outside.

Mobility
The jacket's restrictive fit was surprising to us. We found that the bottom hem lifted considerably when we lifted our arms overhead. This is a huge drawback for all activities (climbing, cross-country skiing, etc.) that involve significant upper body movement.

Weight
22 ounces is slightly above the average softshell tested.

Features
The McCone has basic features that emphasize use around town more than in the backcountry. For example, the handwarmer pockets get covered by a backpack's hipbelt.

Style
The jacket looks great.

Best Applications
Around town, occasional winter hiking and cross-country skiing.

Value
See our Price Versus Value Chart.

Chris McNamara and Max Neale

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Most recent review: March 22, 2014
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