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Quiksilver Dreaming 2015 Review by The Good Ride
The Quicksilver Dreaming Jacket offers up a thick shell with a fleece liner so its got warmth and a stiff heavy feel without being too thick. It’s a good choice for those that like having a lot of pockets and don’t see too much-wet weather.
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Weight: 195 lbs,
Upper Body-:44” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 19.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body: 33” Waist, 42” Hips, 30” Inseam, 24.5” Thigh
Turn On’s: Size L Jackets that fit well around my chest, size M pants that fit well around my thighs so I can get in and out of my pockets, open roads, Surfy Powder Turns, Riding with Friends, new gear and especially my super-hot super smart super funny wife.
Turn Off’s: Size L Jackets that don’t fit well around my chest, super tight Size M Pants that I can’t get up over my thighs, traffic and people who can’t park inside the lines.
Size Tried: Large
Fit: Feels a little tight around my shoulders but the rest of my body has room. There is still room for a layer or two.
Comfort: Pretty comfortable but not a jacket that conforms to your body’s shape. it’s got it’s own heavier stiffer feel that wants to keep more of its own shape.
Construction: Seems well built but it’s hard to tell with only a little time on it.
Hood: Love the contoured hood and it forms a nice seal from the outer elements with a hood and goggles on.
Insulation/Warmth: It’s not super thick but it’s pretty warm. That thick outer layer material combined with the fleece liner feels pretty thick for a shell but not thick for an insulated jacket. It’s not fleeced that’s bonded to the jacket or a microfleece layer but it seems like one thin liner that feels a bit fleecy with a slightly thicker layer of Thinsulate under that.
Waterproofing: 15k isn’t bad but it’s noting to praise. It’s more for those that either want some warmth from their outer shell in dry cold areas that only see some wet conditions. Look it can hang in rain or really wet snow a few times but if you are in a place where you see rain or really wet snow often you want to up the waterproofing and maybe go to a shell with Gore-Tex or a higher waterproof rating. Gore-Tex 2 Layer is mentioned on the Quicksilver site but I don’t see anything on the jacket tags that reference this. It just references Fly Ride 2 Layer material. It appears to be a membrane which is much better than a spray or treatment.
Breathability: 10k isn’t much to write home about and some clothing out there has three times this amount of breathability.
Overall: So overall this isn’t a bad choice for a jacket. For me, this would be my cold weather jacket for riding in colder places on the road but I wouldn’t use this much in the Sierras because I run warm and Tahoe is warm as well.
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