Salomon Fast Wing III ReviewMarch 8, 2012
- Sternum snap to prevent flopping when jacket is unzipped.
- Watch window, to check the time without pushing up your sleeve.
- Good wind and water resistance.
- Thumb loops allow you to keep in more warmth.
- Stuff pouch has a wide elastic band to fit over your wrist.
- Comes with a stuff pouch, but the pouch isn’t attached.
- Not comfortable with a mid-layer.
A strong, light (4 oz.), all around running jacket with a good range of motion in the articulated arms, as well as nice design features, including six reflective accents.
This slim-fitting jacket fit best, and was warm enough, with just a long sleeve, wicking shirt. The underarm, stretch panels were moderately sized, large enough to let sweat out, but not so big as to throw off the inner-jacket microclimate. A full-length storm guard also kept wind from whistling through uninvited. But, when I wanted to dump heat, the jacket featured a handy sternum snap to prevent unwanted upper jacket movement.
The women’s cut had darting for enhanced shape and fit, and the fabric had a nice, light feel to the hand, with elastic used at the cuffs and waist. The offset zipper ended to the side of my face, and a zipper guard kept it in place. Taped and stitched thumb loops provided a bit more body coverage and warmth, while the watch window, stitched into the left sleeve, allowed for time checks without dumping heat.
An envelope pocket with wrist elastic is provided for jacket storage. The jacket packs down small, and the pouch fit comfortably in my hand, allowing me to palm the jacket with the elastic around my hand for easier toting, although I did worry I might lose the sack because it is not attached to the coat. Still, it fit nicely in the zip pocket and was out of the way, even when I decided to put an iPod in the pocket.
My one-minute arm-in-shower test went well with this jacket, resulting in just a bit of dampness through the sleeve.