We had a customer send us a review of the new Light Field Anorak. In full disclosure this is an item he bought and paid for without any undue influence, we simply asked if we could share his first impression of the new version of the Light Field Anorak from SORD after he sent us the review. He was kind enough to expand on it to give a bit more information on his initial impression. Obviously we like the item or we wouldn't bother selling it, so to that extent we are biased. Plus, it will help some folks with sizing considerations, which is always a big question we get for items like this. Without further adieu...
SORD LFA Review
For reference I ordered and received the size L Gen 2 SORD LFA. I am 6'2", 190#, 44L suit, 32/33 waist depending on brand/item. Athletic/trim build.
First impression is this is a superb piece of technical apparel. Materials and construction appear excellent and the features are well thought out.
The cut is great.. I wear a lot of Arc'Teryx, Patagonia, Kuhl, Mountain Hardware etc to get a more athletic fit. With most of these items I am size L. The "alpine fit" of the LFA is similar and I'm very happy with it. It is similar but not the same as the LFA is intended to accommodate certain gear under it.
As described there's enough in the chest to accommodate armor and/or insulating layers. The length is perfect in the arms and a touch long in the body which I'll probably appreciate in rain. It might get in the way of a harness a bit but I think it can be hiked up easily and, if needed, secured with the cinch cords.
I have tried the LFA on with IIIA armor in conjunction with front and back 3+ Dyneema plates. As most of you in the tactical gear market are aware, Dyneema 3+ plates are not thin. The LFA fits over this combination well but there isn't much more room. If I were to add insulation I would probably consider using the Dyneema in a plate carrier outside the LFA. A IIIA vest plus insulation is enough to fill the LFA in my case and additional layers would work better outside if possible.
There's a little more room in the midsection than I need even with armor and layers but the cinch cords take care of that easily. Maybe if I have more of my loadout on my belt I'll appreciate it. Anyone with gear on their belt will probably be very pleased with the extra room around the waist.
The hood is excellent and I'm thankful for the peak which is apparently new to the Gen 2 version of the LFA. I was not able to get the hood over a MICH/ACH but it will fit over a PROTECH type PT helmet with some difficulty although awkwardly. I think the hood is good but it is best suited for use alone or in conjunction with hats or caps only.
What little hook and loop and zippers there are on the LFA appear to be high quality and in the right places.
The zippered chest pouch is handy and seems perfect for maps and similar light items.
The pass through kangaroo pocket is great for warming hands. Locating the buckles for the two cinch cords in the pocket area is clever and efficient.
There's probably a list of features some people might like to add but with potential weight increase in mind I can't think of anything I'd change.
This is a great piece of technical outerwear that is lightweight, has well though out features and design, and is multicam. It is a softshell and I expect it to perform well during high activity. The material seems as though it will become wetted down and soak through in medium to heavy rain. The material is similar to that of the Patagonia Dimension, which I believe was part of the MARS line of Patagonia gear, if any of you are familiar with that item. It's light enough you can also bring a rain shell or poncho if you think you'll need it.
Thank you Predator Armament for making such a great piece of gear available in the US for a good price. I almost bought another brands smock and am very thankful I found the LFA. It is everything I wanted and, more importantly, nothing I didn't.
Peter in Colorado