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The cold never stood a chance against the Hadron.

You grab a cup of coffee and crack the front door a little to peer outside—suddenly, a blast of teeth-chattering cold air blows by your face. Today feels like the perfect day for the Backcountry.com Women's Hadron Down Anorak. Insulated from the hood to the hem with 850-fill goose down, this insulating jacket is toasty warm, lightweight, and highly packable. Rather than relying on the oft-jammed front zip closures so popular on other down jackets, Backcountry used four buttons to secure the front instead. Everything about the Hadron makes it perfect for ski touring, snowboarding at the resort, or packing light during a winter climbing mission—it even stuffs into its own pocket to become a pillow.
  • DWR fabric coating provides light protection against wet snow and precipitation
  • Pertex Quantum 30D fabric has a low weight but high abrasion resistance
  • Pertex Quantum 30D is highly-breathable to allow sweaty vapor to escape from within so you feel comfortable, not stifled, inside
  • 3-D Ergonomic fit gives this jacket a tapered and athletic fit with particular attention paid to range of motion of the arms and chest
  • Kangaroo pocket gives you a place to tuck your hands without fumbling around with zippers
  • Jacket stuffs into its own pocket in order to form an alpine pillow

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5 5

first impression: nice

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Just received jacket today! Better-looking in person than store website photo. I ordered the charcoal/indigo and really love the contrast of slate grey with rich purple interior (shade I would describe as concord grape jelly). Jacket appears well constructed. Fit is +/- true to size, I am 5'3", 130 lbs and the small is just barely large enough without feeling constricting in the upper arms. Length of arms and waist is perfect, so a medium would have been too long for me. Roomy enough inside for base layer and will easily allow for wear underneath my rain jacket. The 'wow' factor really kicked in when I felt how incredibly soft and lightweight this thing is. Bottom line, this jacket appears to be a steal for just over $100.

4 5

Great fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

The fit is true to size. I am 5'3" and 115 pounds. usually wear a small or xsmall depending on the manufacturer. The anorak was a good fit but after hanging on the hanger for a few days and wearing it a few times I noticed that the lower part of the sleeves where they taper off by the wrist had almost no down in it. Not very pleased with that. The sleeves were just a tad long on me but I am a petite also. Feel like the down was just not distributed evenly through the sleeves.

5 5

Great sweater - runs small in hips

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

This looks like a well make, ultra-light, feminine jacket. I am exchanging a med for a large. I am 5'5" and 130lbs and the jacket was really tight on my hips. The long sleeves are great and the hood fits perfectly even thought you can't cinch it down - I just plan on using it on summer hikes in the high Rockies. It's a beautiful color - really like this down sweater.

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What's the weight of a size Large? How...

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What's the weight of a size Large? How durable is the DWR (e.g. thru how many washes should it last)? Thx.

5 5

Love this!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I love this pullover! I ordered an xs which fit beautifully. I am 5'5", 115 lbs, but fairly large breasted. It is flattering, not super baggy, but not too tight. I wore a few base layers underneath, and it still looked as it should (not too tight).

It is not puffy and compresses very small. It is very warm for its size. I did not wear this alone, as I was in frigid weather. Great layering piece or for weather that isn't crazy cold.

What is the total weight of this jacket?...

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What is the total weight of this jacket? And also the fill-weight? I saw another reviewer posted that the total weight was under 8 oz, but was curious is this is true.

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I can tell you that the men's medium is 7.5 oz with 2.6 oz of 850 fill. I imagine the women's is similar.

5 5

Backcountry Coat

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This coat is definitely one of my favorites. I bought it not realizing how warm it would be, although incredibly light it still keeps you plenty warm. this coat has an awesome deep kangaroo pocket so items wont fall out as easily, I also did realize the inside color when ordering it, but I ended up loving the purple inside.

If I'm right on the line between Medium...

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If I'm right on the line between Medium and Large and want to use it as a mid-layer, underneath a shell, what size would you suggest? I want it fit close, but I absolutely hate anything that fits too tightly.

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Hey, I was in your same shoes and actually got both to try out sizing. The medium fit ok, but was definitely a little hard to pull on and off. I went with the large instead and am happy about that decision. I have enough room to put a layer underneath and it still fits under my shell. Also, the arms are very long, which I love because short sleeves are terrible! For reference, I'm 5'8" and about 140 pounds.

5 5

Got her the right gift!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

Purchased as a gift, seems like it was the right choice!

Her thoughts:
Amazing jacket! It is VERY warm and light and I can wear it under almost anything while staying at a great temperature. I also love the color because it?s so neutral and goes with everything!

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Love this jacket! It is great for layering under my Stoic shell for powder days and on its own for dry days and is much warmer then I thought due to its size and weight. Looking into buying the full zip version

5 5

I never Do take this off!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I LOVE THIS JACKET!
I run in it and dont overheat, I ski in it and dont get cold, i mean how is that possible! This jacket is breathable and totally unnoticeable while on you! I have described this to others as "a layer of warmth, love, and affection!" I would strongly recommend this jacket as a layer piece to any person!

5 5

I may never take this off.

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I picked this up a few weeks ago as a insulating layer for cold ski days and it's totally exceeded my expectations.For reference, since the pictures are not that awesome this is about as thick as the Patagonia Down Sweater. It is super light but extremely warm, especially when paired with a windproof layer. Even on its own I was really comfortable walking around in 20 degrees and windy conditions at the base of the mountain. I fall pretty solidly into the medium on the size chart and have no problems with the fit. I really appreciate the extra length in the arms and torso, overall the cut really gives a full range of motion without riding up or exposing extra skin.

There were a few loose threads and some feathers poking out when I first unwrapped it. I'm still pretty confident about its durability but I haven't really owned it long enough to say for sure. This thing is coming on a two week climbing trip with me and is sure to take a beating. I'll update this review if I have any issues.

2 5

Didn't like it.

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

Fabric is light and full of static. It clings to the body, and the static makes my hair standup. Making it worse, it seems to run small (granted I do have a curvy body type). Grey color is really boring. Insulation is also lighter than I expected.

5 5

My wife's favorite jacket!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I got this for my wife for Christmas. She had been wanting a good lightweight down jacket for a while, and had been leaning toward the Patagonia Ultralight. Then I stumbled upon this bad boy. On paper it sounded perfect: under 8 oz., 2.1 oz of 850 fill down, Pertex Quantum fabric, and all for over $100 less than the Patagonia! It sounded like it would be great. Still, I was nervous about getting this . There were no reviews, the picture made it look kinda wonky, and I was unsure about the pullover style and the buttons. But in the end I went for it, and I'm glad I did.
My wife absolutely loves this jacket. It's crazy light, but keeps her nice and toasty down to about 35 degrees (which is saying something!) It's also super comfy. She says it's like wearing fairy wings stuffed with warm clouds. The fit is great. Very flattering and form fitting, but still leaves room for layering. The sleeves are long enough that she can put her arms above her head without exposing her waist to the element. She loves the kangaroo pocket and how warm the hood is (though she wishes it could cinch down), and the pullover cut/button closure works like a charm while keeping weight down. Also, it packs down into its own pocket very easily! It may not look like it in my picture, but you could stuff it inside a Nalgene without a problem.
The only problem she's had with the Hadron is that she has to be careful while putting it on so she doesn't get her arm stuck in the interior stow pocket. Also, it's not really a problem, but the interior of the jacket is definitely purple. The pictures I took still make it look blue, but it's absolutely 100% purple.

So to sum things up: this is a super light, warm, well-fitting, well put together jacket at a stellar price. I just wish they had more colors and better pictures

My wife's favorite jacket!
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Great review Brenan! Thanks for sharing!