Jack Wolfskin JWP Dynamic M Light Tech Fleece Jacket Review

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REVIEW – In the late summer and early fall, the temperature differences call for clothing layers that are versatile and adaptable. Cool mornings and evenings need some extra warmth – sunny afternoons will cook you if you are dressed solely for the morning chill. This fleece jacket offers a portable and functional option for travel and everyday jacket.

JackWolfskin DynamicM 8What is it?

The JWP Dynamic Fleece jacket is made for lightweight travel and everyday wear.

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What’s in the box?

JWP Dynamic M Fleece Jacket
Pack + Go Storage/Stuff Sack

Hardware specs

  • 100% Polyester
  • 305 grams (size Medium)
  • Bluesign-certified textiles
  • UVA and UVB Protection
    Night Blue, Indigo Blue, and Black color selection
  • Small thru 3-XL sizing

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Design and features

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The JWP Dynamic M Fleece Jacket has a cut/pattern that is a nice blend between athletic and classic. I used this as my only jacket on a summer trip in the mountains of Colorado, which saw a range from sunny days to rain and hail. The jacket felt ‘right’ in every occasion – when I was hiking in outdoor, active mode; and also at an outdoor group dinner where I wanted to present a little more professionally. It fell nicely into a sweet spot between track jackets and sport coats.

While stuck for an hour or so on a bright day, I wore the Dynamic Fleece jacket for protection against sunburn. It did the job well and even with the sun-absorbing Night Blue color, didn’t feel like a heat sink. I also encountered a thunderstorm with rain and hail. The jacket is good protection from wind and hail, and can handle a small amount of rain, but is quickly overpowered by heavy precipitation (especially a Colorado mountain storm). Fortunately, it also dries quickly and was functionally dry within the walk back to the cabin. I wore the jacket all over town, tied its sleeves around my waist when it was warm, crumpled it into a cargo pocket, packed it into its storage sack and mashed it into a laptop bag. It always emerged wrinkle-free and functional.

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The jacket has two zip pockets with mesh liner fabric. The left front logo, the back hanging loop, and the collar edge have reflective accents, otherwise, it’s all one color. I wore the collar up for sun protection, zipped fully up for wind protection, and folded down for a slightly less athletic look.

The sleeve length and body length were a good fit. I run long in the arms, and the cut at the waist gave me a wide range of motion without riding high or exposing the belt line.

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In the stuff/storage sack, the jacket packs down to the size of a water bottle.

What I like

I own several jackets made out of fleece, and most of them are thicker polar fleece material – good for a jacket or a mid-layer when the temperature turns cold, but sweaty when dealing with sunny days and being indoors. The Dynamic M Fleece jacket gave me a huge three-season temperature range and allowed me to go from t-shirt weather to cool evenings with a single, easily-packed layer. It is a jacket that fulfills a large sweet spot in the center of travel clothing and packing for a variety of conditions.

What I’d change

While it’s true that Black is always in style, I’d make this jacket in a lighter heather gray – for maximum versatility in sunshine and warm weather.

Final thoughts

I enjoyed wearing the JWP Dynamic M jacket and relying on it when traveling. It will definitely have a place in my packing list when I need to keep the weight allowance low, and carry a minimum number of items that are light, versatile, and functional. The jacket has a ‘functionality per gram’ ratio and fashion range that beats out most of the other jackets and mid-layer shirts in my wardrobe.

Price: $99.95
Where to buy: Jack Wolfskin
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Jack Wolfskin.

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