Expert Review: Volcom Men's Longo 2L PulloverPublished on 05/05/2023 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the jacket, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Jared Manganelli
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the jacket, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2022.
The Volcom Men's Longo Pullover is a great option for any rider looking to match style with a comfortable feel that is simple yet effective in most climates. It’s lightweight, durable, efficient, and comfortable. This jacket feels more like a windbreaker mixed with a pullover hoodie but still keeps my body warm in all conditions.
About the jacket I own
- Model: 2022/23 Volcom Men’s Longo Pullover Jacket
- Size: M
- Fit: True to size
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 175lbs
- Experience: 15 years of snowboarding
- When I bought this: December 2022
- Days tested: 40
- Where I’ve used it: Northern Michigan and Vermont
- Conditions I’ve used it in: Powder, spring, resort days, streets
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a new jacket for the season that combined style with a lightweight feel. I wanted a jacket that was not bulky and that could be worn with little to no layers underneath, or significant layers depending on the conditions. I’d rather wear quality layers under my jacket that are thin than wear big sweatshirts. I wanted a jacket that had a good fit and style and could be worn on any type of day—a true quiver killer.
Why I chose this gear
I decided on this product due to the style of the jacket, the brand, and its overall look and color. It's got a fantastic design, being a pullover jacket with a side zipper. I was looking at a few other options, but every time I found myself going back to a Volcom pullover.
What I love about it
- Fit: The fit of this jacket is fantastic. It’s got a tightening drawstring in the bottom section of the jacket to cinch up and change the fit as one pleases, or it can be worn with the side zipper half open to let more air in. The possibilities seem to be endless with this jacket, and can be worn with many types of styles.
- Range of Motion: This jacket features a great range of motion that really gives my arms and torso plenty of space and freedom to move with my riding style. The side zipper that runs from the bottom of the jacket to the armpit really allows for maximum adjustment for range of motion and different conditions on the mountain.
- Design: The simple yet effective design really allows this jacket to be capable of handling any terrain and weather on the mountain. It really excels in functionality and simplicity. Less is more, and this jacket hit the nail on the head.
- Style: The style of this jacket is amazing. It’s not too baggy, not too loose, but with the cinching system at the bottom of the jacket, it really gives it even more options for wearing. One can wear it baggy, side zipper open a bit, zipper open completely, bottom cinched up, or regular. Not many jackets have this many styles for wearing under one jacket.
- Breathability: Really solid breathability in this jacket. With a few vents throughout the jacket, and the option to open up the side zipper to a desired range, this jacket has loads of options for breathability and adjustability.
- Weight: This jacket is extremely lightweight. It feels amazing when worn and has a more streetwear feel because of its lightweight design. Now it's not GORE-TEX light, but it is very lightweight for the materials used and overall design.
- Features: When it comes to special features, this jacket is very simple but still packs in some really key features to bring it to the next level. The sleeve cuffs are cinched to prevent any snow getting into one’s glove, whether one chooses to go over the glove or inside the glove. The hood features drawstrings to pull it tight or to leave it loose and pull it over a helmet or hat. The bottom of the jacket has a drawstring cinch to either leave loose or cinch up for a desired fit. Volcom jackets come with Zip Tech, which allows for them to be zipped together with Volcom pants to make a seamless fit to keep any snow out. And the Zip Tech option also doubles as a powder skirt.
- Comfort: The simple design inside the jacket focuses more on functionality than extreme comfort. Though I still find it very comfortable.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Quality of Materials: The materials used in the construction of this jacket are not very high-end. They do the job, but this is not a jacket designed to really handle any conditions thrown at it. It’s more of a jacket centered around style and the fit it provides. The materials are thin, and the insulation is next to nothing.
- Durability: Durability is definitely lacking in this jacket. It's not paper thin, but a lot of this jacket could be reinforced with materials to make it last longer and handle more of a beating. I used my jacket for about 30 days this year, and it has held up but has loads of surface-level scratches and a small rip from catching on a branch.
- Pockets: There isn't a huge selection of pockets, which stems from its very simple design. There is one huge pocket on the front, like a hoodie pocket, but other than that, there is no phone pocket or little pockets for smaller items.
- Waterproofing: This material does not offer high-end waterproofing. This has 10k waterproofing that holds up for most conditions, but it’s not a great option for really wet days or deep powder days.
- Warmth: This is not the warmest jacket by any means. This is a shell jacket made with lightweight materials. I would not recommend this jacket for very cold conditions unless one is ok with packing layers underneath. On cold days, I found myself adding more and more layers to stay warm.
Favorite moment with this gear
The first day I brought this jacket out, I had a few people asking about its style. In the past, I have worn traditional front zipper jackets, but after seeing this come out this year, I had to give the pull over style jacket a try. Also, when I took that first run and it was still a little warm pre-season, I kept the zipper halfway open to add some extra airflow and realized this jacket just made my problems float away. Smooth sailing into the season from there decked out with a stylish jacket that also met all my personal needs.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Longo Pullover is one of the best values for the price that I have used or seen in recent years. It's simple yet effective and blows a lot of expensive jackets I have tested out of the water. Comparable options include the Volcom Brighton Pullover, DC Men's DC-43 Anorak Snowboard 2L Shell, and the Burton Men's Powline GORE-TEX 2L Jacket. These options seem to have a bit more insolation to make them slightly warmer. The Burton is the only similar option that is a front zip and not a pullover style. All these options are thin-style jackets that share style with functionality for so many situations.
This gear unlocks style, simplicity, and comfortability on the mountain. This is not a bulky jacket that will keep one feeling tight, but a jacket that will loosen one up and unlock that Author Longo style.