There are two hand pockets with zips. They are large enough to stow energy gels and an extra hat. But for training sessions — where I layer head and hand gear on and off during long runs — I missed bigger inside pockets for stowing a fleece hat and gloves.
The Animagi is not waterproof. But the company (www.thenorthface.com) includes a water repellent coating on the face fabric to combat sleet and wet snow.
The jacket’s fabric is quiet while moving. The jacket, which comes in men’s and women’s cuts, weighs less than a pound, making it nearly unnoticeable while on the move.
The Animagi is a specialized product. It is not made for standing around in the cold. However, it can serve as a layer under a shell jacket on extra cold days.
Overall, the Animagi Jacket is a solid performer. It fits well and is comfortable during activity. It breathed were needed and protected my core from wind in front.
At $149, the Animagi is a bargain. Most Nordic skiers and winter-loving runners will be happy with this smart new hybrid top.
—Stephen Regenold writes about outdoors gear at www.gearjunkie.com.