The Panther Creek isn't a highly technical piece, but it is very affordable and perfectly adequate for simple, moderate weather outings like hiking and biking.
While there are more technically-savvy layers to have, this one is totally decent for a lot of things and the price is fair.
The Panther repels a bit of water but can't withstand too much for too long. It's also not particularly warm being mostly polyester with no lining or insulation. If the weather is mild and your body is moving all will be well, but this isn't the jacket to get for weathering storms. That being said, the fit is on the baggier side so layering up underneath is super easy.
The Panther is just right on a cloudy cool day in early spring, though if those clouds in the background open up we will be wet and cold.
Breathability is just okay in this layer. It's thin enough that you won't be stifled, but the material isn't super technical or high quality. The pockets are mesh-lined though so you can vent if things get clammy.
While this layer isn't the most breathable, it's decent and the mesh-lined pockets help with ventilation.
The Panther has great mobility as long as you're not wearing a helmet — the back of the neck gets a bit tight in that scenario. The arms are a bit short, and the fit is on the baggy/boxy side, but we didn't feel impeded or restricted in any way when out and about.
The Panther Creek is thin, generously cut, and easy to move in.
This jacket weighs 10.8 ounces in a size medium and can pack down quite small, making it suitable for situations where space is at a premium. If you want to add another layer to your arsenal that won't take up much space and is super cheap, the Panther is a good candidate.
This isn't a highly technical layer, but for a bit of extra protection hiking around it does the trick without weighing you down.
Versatility is so-so for the Panther. It's decently featured but not in a technically-minded way, the cut is not overly flattering, and it's performance in regards to weather protection and breathability limit what it's good for. However, it is durable, lightweight, easy to layer over or under, and very cheap, making it a solid choice for a beginner outdoorswoman or for someone that just needs a little something extra for hiking or walking the dog.
The Panther has a generous fit except when it comes to arm length. While it's decently versatile within its wheelhouse you will feel limited if you try to get too technical.
With thin material and entry-level features, this layer is good for simple non-technical outings in mild weather. Hiking, biking, camping, and strolling with the pup are all good applications. If you need a jacket for outings that require a helmet or harness, you might be happier with a layer tailored specifically toward your activity of choice.
Chillin' with the pup is perfect for the Panther. Getting wet in a canyon or cold on a rock climb will require a more technical and finely-tuned jacket.
This is an affordable layer, currently the cheapest in our review. It's not a highly technical piece, but for the price it's great.
The Panther Creek is a simple entry-level shell at a very affordable price point. It has excellent mobility, doesn't weigh much, and breathability is decent particularly when considering the mesh-lined pockets. It's not very warm, and water resistance is just okay, but if all you need is a cheap layer for non-technical outings this one will surely suffice.
Light, comfy, and affordable - this is a good layer if you don't need something very technical.