Fantastic jacket does exactly what it says on the label.Warm without being bulky keeps out the wind and harsh weather,at the same time as allowing you to release some of your own body heat through the pit zips.Useful pockets very robustly made. Will fold away into a backpack easily.Superb walking jacket.Been worn in all weathers and stands up to extremes superbly.
After ALOT of research here in canada, I finally decided on purchasing the Blizzard from Jack Wolfskin. I live on the west coast of Canada, known to be the mildest climate of my country but it is still canada! The damp air, combined with the winds off the pacific, make for some VERY chilly weather! After looking long and hard for the perfect fleece jacket(98% of which are NOT windproof!), I stumbled upon the iconic(wolfskin speak)blizzard. This is exactly what the doctor ordered! Thus far this season(winter) i have found it to be very warm, totally windproof, very functional and very stylish. First the build, it is on par with, or above anything that is currently available here. It has YKK zips(in my experience, one of the best around) on the front, side pockets, chest pocket, and of course(this is one of my favorite features) nice long pit zips, that are there for the times when the internal furnace really gets pumping. the fleece outer, which is a nice tight weave, has a very nice feel to it. the inner fleece also is very comfy, if a little lighter in weight. Of course there is a windproof(gore wind stopper) layer sandwiched between the two. Jack Wolfskin did not stop there, they also added cordura on the high wear points, namely the top of the shoulders, and the back of the lower arms. The collar which has above average height, has a great little feature, in that it hides a simple nylon hood, for those unexpectedly windy days. This simple yet effective feature also helps to add some insulation to the collar. They also added a shock draw cord to cinch up the neck area if needed. The waist (cut slightly longer in the back) also has this shock cord feature. The cut, which is wider in the shoulders, a little more narrow in the waist, is on par with most good, reputable outdoor manufacturers today. The arm length is perfect( me-6'3 225lbs.) Testing this jacket under a few scenarios,(overcast, windy-40-50kmh.) aswell as calm, sunny days(single digit both days-celcius) this jacket performed very well. This coat seems the perfect combo of warm, windproof, and still thin enough to layer under, over or just to wear all on its own. All in all, the Jack Wolfskin Blizzard fleece jacket seems to be EXACTLY what i was looking for! (note to Jack Wolfskin, WHY DO YOU NOT HAVE DISTRIBUTION IN CANADA LET ALONE NORTH AMERICA! Wake up! there is a whole untapped market here, you guys could do very well here!) If any of the other products that Jack Wolfskin makes have some of the great design features of this jacket, then i would probably have a closet full of their gear and not other gear manufacturers. ANYWHO, i give this jacket a 5 star rating do to fit, finish, and overall performance!
I bought this as a replacement for my husband. Having had the previous model for several years, even he is impressed with his new jacket. Being a tall man, I bought the XXL, the sleeves & length are perfect. The general feel and quality of the jacket are outstanding. It is smart but casual. My husband wears it all the time, to work, out & about & for golf. An excellent allrounder, & does what it says on the label:)