Aerostich TLTec Soft Shell Fleece Jacket
- Product Review (submitted on September 9, 2012):
I have spent a long time searching for the perfect thermal soft shell, and the TLTec is the closest I have found. Even with access to jackets from most of the outdoor companies at cost, I buy these.
Almost universally, you have to sacrifice warmth to get a wind and water shedding soft shell, but the TLTec nails them both beautifully. They hold up very well to daily abuse as well, lasting me about 3-4 years before they start looking a bit ratty and the outer layer starts to come unfused from the fleece. The next one will likely last longer using the fancy soft shell washing products.
My only complaint is that the fit is rather bulky. The arm holes are large, and I can't wear it with most of my riding jackets because the amount of loose fabric that bunches up around my biceps is uncomfortable. It is quite roomy around the midsection as well, and the loose fit sacrifices some thermal efficiency.