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First off, here are the advertised features of the jacket:
Here is the jacket zipped all the way up with the hood down, and with the little vent at the neck open:
- Technical running jacket perfect for layering as it gets chilly
- Glyde is light and breathable with a finish to protect from light wind and rain
- Perforation at collar and underarm for airflow
- Stowable hood
- Thumbholes keep sleeves down, & cuffins keep hands warm!
- Time-check: Easily check your splits through the watch window!
- 360° reflectivity
- Music storage and cord guide so you can stay plugged in
Here are some hood shots. The hood is cinchable on both sides, has a little bit of a visor, and in my opinion you still have pretty good peripheral vision with the hood up. My hair is pulled up in a high ponytail for these shots, and the hood still fits and stays up.
When you are done with the hood, it is easy to stow away. For the first picture, I just folded/rolled up the hood and tucked it in. In the second shot, you can see how it lays nice and flat once zipped in.
Here is the fabulous watch window feature. With and without my watch underneath. The outside water and wind resistent layer just pulls right over the top of the watch window. Watch shown is a Garmin Forerunner 405. This is a big watch; the face is 1" wide; Diameter of the silver bezel around the face is is about 1.75".
Don't want to use the thumb holes? Just fold back the cuffs...
Pull the "Glyde" layer back over the top...
Look, no visible static thumbholes/cuffins!
Back pocket opening is 4.5" wide. Pocket is about 5.5" deep (goes approximately to the seam down the middle of the back). Here, it is shown with my state-of-the-art Motorola Razr phone (circa April 2008):
While some reported this jacket being tight in the shoulders, I find that I have great range of motion while wearing the jacket.
Back view of me reaching my arms forward while jacket is zipped up:
When I reach my arms over my head, the bottom of the jacket does not lift up to expose my stomach:
Here's what it looks like not fully zipped (not bad!), and totally open (a little sloppy because of the asymmetrical zip, but not awful)...
There can be a little bit of a bubble-butt effect (see first picture), but you can pull down the back of the jacket over your bum to flatten the poof a bit (second picture):
It's a pretty matte-looking jacket; some pictures online have portrayed the other colors as looking a little shinier. Here it is in natural day light, no flash.
Also, the front left side pocket is where you'd want to stash your mp3 player as it has the place to feed your headphone wire through the inside of the jacket:
Last, but not least, hooray for not being made in China!
A note on sizing:
I ordered the black (clearly) in a size 6. A Lululemon size 6 is meant to fit a 34" bust, 26.5" natural waist, 37" hip. My measurements are: 35.5" bust, 26.5" natural waist, 36.5" hip. Also, I'm 5'2". So the bottom of the jacket may hit a little higher on those taller than myself.
Since many found this jacket to be tight in the shoulders while wearing their regular size or even with sizing up, I will note that I am finding my shoulders to be narrower than most. My shoulder-to shoulder measurement across my back is 15.5." My shoulder circumference (all the way around my shoulders, about 2" down from my shoulder joint) is about 35."
It's hard to provide a shoulder measurement for the jacket as it has raglan sleeves (diagonal seams from armpit to shoulder), so there is no shoulder seam measurement to provide. Raglan sleeves normally work for a variety of shoulder widths, however, this jacket is not stretchy, so I can see how it might be tight through the shoulders if you are built more like a swimmer. I can say that measuring armpit to armpit across the back of the size 6 jacket, I get 18."
Bottom Line: I am very excited about this jacket, how it fits, and its features. Now the test will be how it actually performs in the rain and wind!
On October 15th I stumbled across a little gem... If you want to see a video review of this jacket by the lovely folks at the Halifax Lululemon, click on the link here. Starting at about 2:27, you can see the Inspire Jacket. I love the videos they put out every week!