Imagine a soft-shell that is stretchy and comfortable as well as tailored and cute. The Lindsay Jacket has all that and more. Great for spring skiing or cross-country skiing, use it on your next winter outing!
- 2-way reverse coil front zip with internal storm flap
- Under arm zippered vents
- Front zip with chin guard
- Zippered micro-fleece lined hand pockets
- Inner stow pockets
- Internal security zip pocket with snowflake earphone portal
- Tricot inner cuffs
- Removable ski pass sleeve and bungee key hook in pocket
- Drawcord hem
- Wind and water resistant
- Tested size 8
- Weight – 459 g (16.2 oz)
- Center back – 68.6 cm (27.0 in)
- Pit to pit – 50.5 cm (19.9 in)
- Sleeve length – 84.0 cm (33.1 in)
- Retail – $179
This is the first item from Isis that has been reviewed for the site. Isis is a women’s only brand that makes clothing for active women. Their goal is to make clothing that is not only performance driven but also is attractive at the same time. Isis was founded in 1998 and now is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Isis makes everything to cover ladies from top to almost the bottom; they do not make socks. Everything they do make comes with the Goddess Guarantee which states, “that the materials and workmanship in every ISIS product will stand up to the use for which it was designated. If one of our products ever disappoints, let us know and by the power of mighty Isis, we’ll do our best to make it right.”
The Isis Lindsay Jacket was tested by Melissa, not me. As she does not like to write up her reviews, I will do the typing while all the thoughts and opinions are exclusively hers. The Lindsay was tested in a wide range of environments throughout the fall. We had temperatures ranging from 25 degrees up to about 75. Melissa gets cold easily so it got worn a lot, even inside. She got it out on some hikes, XC skiing, and definitely around town. While never truly put through a hard downpour, she did get it out in some extended wet snowfall recently on a XC ski adventure.
The Isis Lindsay Jacket is a medium-weight softshell made to handle winter weather. It is made to be not only comfortable but tailored and cute as well. The main fabric used is Isis’s Duet fabric. This is a proprietary softshell fabric that has been treated with a DWR finish to repel water. It has also been bonded to a polyester micro fleece so the inside is both soft and warmer. The outer face is a tightly woven nylon and spandex blend to give further protection from wind and water. By having a touch of spandex the softshell fabric can have a little stretch and therefore better mobility.
The Lindsay Jacket has a host of pockets. There are two hand warmer pockets that are zippered and lined with micro-fleece for added warmth. These pockets also create drop in pockets on the inside of the jacket from the pocket bags. There is also a chest security pocket with a snowflake shaped audio port for routing earphone cords. The jacket has a removable ski pass sleeve and bungee key hook inside one of the hand pockets for use on ski days.
The Lindsay has plenty of other things going on as well. The front zipper is full length and has a 2-way reverse coil with a full length internal storm flap to protect from wind penetrating the zipper. This front zipper has a soft chin guard to protect your chin from abrasion and discomfort. For optimal venting the jacket has under arm zippered vents to allow airflow when you get too warm. The wrist cuffs have a simple stretch design with inner tricot lining for more comfort. They are not adjustable and therefore, are lower profile for wearing with gloves. At the bottom hem, it is designed with a similar simple look as the wrist cuffs. Unlike the cuffs, the hem has an inner drawcord that can be adjusted to change the fit and restrict airflow or snow from coming up from below.
True to their goal the Lindsay Jacket mixes fashion with performance. The Lindsay has a women’s cut that is not only functional but also flattering. The softshell fabric itself has a subtle texture to it to give a little style. All the seams have also been strategically located and shaped in order to give a flattering appearance. Isis’s goal is to create a jacket that inspires confidence not only from its performance but also from how it makes you feel. To that point, the inner tag has the words “You are a Goddess” in case you need a reminder.
Looking into the materials used to make the Lindsay Jacket, I was not able to find anything in the way of sustainable or green materials. In general, nylon, spandex, and polyester would not fall in these categories unless specially sourced, and companies like to mention that sort of thing. Isis does support several causes centered on building a stronger community of women. These causes can be found on their website if you would like more information. While I wish they were making more of an effort to be sustainable, I am glad to see Isis supporting some worthy causes, so I gave them a one for sustainability.
Arm Length (15%)
Ease of Movement (20%)
Torso Sizing (15%)
Wrist Cuffs (15%)
Isis is a women’s only brand, and as such they specialize in having the proper fit of their clothing. I have had several Isis shirts over the last couple of years and have been a fan as they have been a flattering fit. I am normally a size medium, and I tested a size 8 in the Lindsay jacket. Just like in the shirts I have been really happy with the cut of the jacket. The length and size are right where I like them to be. Snug enough to look good but without any excess billowing or scrunching of fabric. By having a decent fit, I also notice it makes the jacket easier to move in; mobility has been good thus far. I have not done any activities where I really needed to move, but I do not think it would be an issue there either.
One thing that I find important is not only fit, but how it looks on me. Isis has done a good job here as not only does it fit well but the fabric has a little style as well. I really like the lines on the jacket as I find it to be a flattering cut. I also am a big fan of the textured fabric as it gives just enough style to set the Lindsay Jacket apart without going overboard. Who says you cannot have a stylish technical jacket?
The inside of the jacket has a micro fleece backer so it is plenty comfortable. It is also very supple with a soft feel on the inside and out. I always wore it over a baselayer or another shirt, and it layered over those easily. It is a little tight if you try to layer over an insulated jacket, but I never needed to do that, it has not been cold enough here to do that yet. I liked having the chin guard as it kept my chin from getting irritated. This is a small thing that really should be standard on jackets now days. I also was a really big fan of the wrist cuffs. I am not a fan of adjustable Velcro wrist cuffs as they always feel bulky to me. I know some people like them, but I would much rather have a simple elastic cuff. The Lindsay has this type of cuff, and I love it. It is just the right size, so I do not have any cold winds coming up or any discomfort from it being too tight. Speaking of drafts, there is a drawcord hem if you need to tighten it up at the bottom. I think I may have adjusted this slightly when I first got the jacket but have not touched it since. The sizing was just right for me, so I did not need to. I do like the fact that it is there just in case you need to fine tune things.
Weather Resistance (20%)
I really like softshell jackets are they are warmer and softer than a typical shell jacket. I get cold easy so this is definitely an important part of any jacket. I used the Lindsay Jacket in the snow, rain, wind, and even at the office and was happy, for the most part, in all these climates. The only thing that annoyed me was on one snowy and windy day the lack of not having a hood was a big negative. I guess it is nothing against the jacket itself as I know it does not have one, but I just was not prepared for the weather once we got to the mountain. I felt like the jacket does a good job blocking nearly all the wind and even would cause light rain and snow to bead up and run off. If you are out in it enough you may have the fabric begin to wet out and could leak over time. It is not fully waterproof, but for most conditions, it will not be a problem.
I like the pocket setup on the Lindsay Jacket. The hand warmer pockets have been lined with a soft micro fleece that is very comfortable. I use these pockets a lot so they need to be comfy. The chest pocket is also a plus, and I like that it has an audio cord out. To be honest I have not used this pocket much this far, but it is nice to have if I need to. It is a great pocket for a Smartphone, and you can route your earphones out underneath for a cleaner look. I did not really use the ski pass hook as my skiing is normally at the free sno-parks. It is very long so when on the mountain, it would be easy to use if needed. When not in use it does not take up much room in the pocket.
The jacket has pit zips to help you vent if needed. When I was snowshoeing I had to climb a couple of hills, and I liked being able to open these up to cool off a bit. The difference is not huge but opening them up does allow some extra air to flow in. The drawback I have with them is the zipper has a longer cord than I like. From time to time, I can feel it under my arms, and that can be a little annoying. There is one other zipper that has been the main negative for me on the jacket. The front zipper is a 2-way zipper which might be convenient for some people, but I did not see the benefit for me. All this extra zipper did was made it much more difficult to get the jacket on. It had a tendency to be difficult to engage the zipper at the bottom. Once it got going it was great, but more than one time I had to ask JJ for help. If I could change one thing, it would be to make this a single front zipper.
Overall, I have liked the Isis jacket. It is comfortable and more importantly it looks good. I like how Isis has been able to blend a technical jacket with some style to not only make it a good option for the outdoors but also wearing around town. According to Isis, they consider this a good jacket for winter outings, and I would agree with that as long as you plan for the jacket not having a hood. Depending on the conditions this can be an issue. I really did not have any large negatives on the jacket except the front double zipper. Getting the jacket on was occasionally a challenge but once on it was great. If you are looking for a stylish jacket to take the chill off in the winter, the Lindsay Jacket is worth a look. Isis makes clothing that fits women better, period. The Isis Lindsay Jacket retails for $179, which puts into the middle of other similar jackets. This one just has a bit more style. As always, your mileage may vary.
Pros [field name=iFrame]
- Textured fabric adds style
- Soft hand warmer pockets
- Good weather resistance
- Simple elastic wrist cuffs
- Flattering fit
- Front double zipper is a pain
- Long cords on the pit zips is sometimes noticeable
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