Submitted: 08-11-2005 by dmmd
One of the originals and still one of the best. Patagonia has not killed this great line and by the looks of their annual inventory- need to make more. Although you are VERY unlikely to find this one for $69...the $149 price tag is well worth the price of admission. You get unprecedented customer service, an extremely well built vest, and a level of comfort that will make you forget you are wearing it.
This is a purist vest with all the necessary features for the ocean and no added features that you won't need. The front zip may not be as "cool" as the Locean's side pull and the lack of 3-way split padding not as flattering, but those are also features that may annoy the purist.
No ride up. Huge range of motion. Major ability to adjust the fit. Bomber is all respects.
In the end, one full price Lotus is worth 3 crap designs on closeout.
FYI- Just ask Patagonia for free shipping if you order direct. Since you can't buy them or try first, they will usually say yes for the Lotus line.