Spring is officially here and as they say, in like a lion. For most of us, spring means still cool temps, muddy if not snowy trails, wind, and rain. Despite the turbulent weather, most of us are eager to shed some layers and get after it outside. The SmartWool PhD Cortina Jacket offers you the warmth and wind protection you need, along with the moisture wicking properties required for high intensity outdoor activities.
The SmartWool PhD Cortina jacket features a durable yet lightweight nylon face that is able shed light rain and block the wind. The inside of the jacket is lined with a moisture wicking and insulating hybrid fabric made from a combination of merino wool and polyester, keeping you both warm and comfortable as you work up a sweat.
The close fitting contoured side panels are made completely out of this hybrid fabric in order to enhance breathability. A full-length zipper uses a draft flap to further protect you from the cold wind and zips up high on your neck. The small zippered chest pocket offers just enough room to store your keys, cell phone, and a snack on your run or ride.
I have found the PhD Cortina Jacket to be extremely useful for high intensity spring sports such as trail running or mountain biking. I have even worn the jacket cycling, but keep in mind there is no back pocket for storage.
The Cortina is machine washable and has held up great for almost 6 months of constant use and repeated washing. The nylon face easily sheds dirt, but I am left with a few mud stains that won't come out of the wool and polyester side panels. I don't really care as I think it gives me some mountain biking trail cred.
Bottom Line: The SmartWool PhD Cortina Jacket will keep you dry and warm during high intensity outdoor activity in the not so tame conditions of spring.
The SmartWool PhD Cortina Jacket retails for $160 and is available now.