Forcing Spring/La Sportiva Task Hybrid Jacket Review
Spring has sprung, in some parts of the world. Here in Mazama, it's dumping snow as I write this, but we've had some warmer afternoons that have inspired me to find some dirt to run on. I've been doing much more skiing this year than running, which has been fun, but I do miss the simplicity of running. When March hits, I get spring fever; or maybe I like doing a sport I'm better at...
In any case, the sun was out, dogs and I were hankering for a run, and I knew some roads had melted out. Melted out, yes. Dry? Not by any means: mud season has begun.
It felt pretty warm as I got out of the truck, but not warm enough to go without a hat and jacket. Since I didn't have a hat, I was glad to have the hooded La Sportiva Task Hybrid jacket, but figured I'd get too hot, since it has a light primaloft layer in the front. Instead, I forgot I had it on, in the best way possible: it's light enough that I didn't feel it at all; the fit is perfect ensuring no weird rubbing or bunching, even with the hood on and it zipped all the way up (creating a balaclava); and it's noiseless, something my sensitive ears really appreciated. Then, when the weather turned as it almost certainly does this time of year, I was perfectly comfortable, despite the wind and cold.
Other features I dug:
- Fuzzy, fleece-lined pockets
- The jacket stuffs into said pocket
- Long zipper pull, with a tab. That doesn't seem like a big deal, but I hate futzing around trying to find where to pull the zipper, especially with gloves.
- Long enough in the torso and arms. I am often between a small and medium, but with the European sizing (read small), the medium fit perfectly, even with longer appendages, without being loose. This is the first jacket that I haven't wished had some other fit in at least one part of my body.
Technically this is a skimo jacket, and I can see how it would be awesome if you're getting after it at a race or a hard workout. I should know better than to try to force anything, especially when it comes to nature so with all the new snow, I'll likely submit to skiing again and try it in that capacity. The climb I did in the middle of the run certainly will be more fun to ski than run, and it's looking like a backyard powder day is coming soon.