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    This jacket is kind of peculiar. The fabric is essentially a knit wool BLEND (not 100% wool) bonded to a thin microfleece backing. It's really warm, but also very stiff. I got a size small and still felt like I was rattling around somewhere inside the bulk. There is no way to comfortably wear a shell over this jacket. The hood is HUGE. Huge. The sleeves were far too long for me, but then again my arm span is -2. I ended up returning this because I just couldn't wear it practically or comfortably. That being said- I got a fair number of compliments wearing it and found it visually attractive.


      I have had this for over a year and absolutely love it. It's fitted and flattering while being surprisingly warm and comfortable. No need to worry about scratchy wool, it is lined with very comfortable material that helps keep it casual and fun. Highly recommended.

      Very flattering

        This is an awesome hoody! I love the material on the inside and the long fit is very flattering. I also love that the neck zips all the way up to my chin, and the zipper doesn't irritate or scratch me. I have the berry color and it is pretty true to the pics on line, and i love that too.

        Disappointed with the white lining

          The fabric of the Siphon is really nice--it looks like a thick sweater knit, and the Berry colour is gorgeous. I liked the cut, and feel of the jacket, and the inner cuffs were a nice touch. Unfortunately the jacket is lined in white, which I didn't pick up on when I looked at the photo, although it's clearly visible in the hood. What this means is that unless the jacket is zipped up all the way to the top, you have this ugly white lining showing. It's a shame as when the jacket is zipped up it looks really nice. If the lining was the same colour as the jacket, or even a dark colour like grey or black it would have been okay, but the white lining stands out like a sore thumb, and that's the reason I will be returning this jacket.

          Disappointed with the white lining

          Tall girl Loves it!

            I Love this hoodie, I bought it because it was positively reviewed. I am tall and curvy, rarely do I find performance, fit and a good color in one!
            I absolutely recommend this for someone who needs a "go to" layer. It's perfect for around the house, outside as an in-between coat or on a trip to the tropics. It is wool and needs to be carefully washed, but you can wear it a dozen times before that!

            Fabulous, but not a jacket!

              I love this item--got it for a steal of a price--however, it is NOT A JACKET in the proper sense. The wind goes through it, and even in the temperate Bay Area, it isn't warm enough even with a sweater under it. I need a third layer to keep warm. On sunny winter days over 55 degrees, it keeps me comfortable. I do love the warmth provided by the inner cuff on the sleeves. The XS fit is flattering on my 5'4", 107lbs, a 32C frame, and the berry color is beautiful.

              worth the sale price at least

                I took a chance on this wool jacket because so many people bothered to review it, and also it was available in brown. I was concerned about ordering the large but it is perfect. I am 5'10" 145 lbs. chest 36 b and i have long arms and broad shoulders. The large on me is still form fitting enough but ample enough for a sweater under and WOW the sleeves are long and cool looking. Very happy with it, Jill

                nice and fitted

                  I got this jacket about a month ago, and was looking for something to layer under my heavy coats, and to wear under my down vest. I wanted something pretty fitted, but with a lot of movement. I'm 5'8, 135, and have a long torso. When I bought this jacket all the smalls were sold out, so I actually got an xsmall and i love it. The jacket is definitely fitted, but has full range of movement, and its slim enough to fit inside anything, even my formal peacoats that just are not warm enough. I wear it pretty much everyday now, and use it underneath my shell for snowshoeing and skiing. If you want a slim fit, dont be scared to size down. Even though I'm tall the torso and arms are still long enough on this wool coat.

                  nice hoodie

                    The wool on the outside of the hoodie is nice; I got the brown and it's a great colour. The inside is polartec fleece and keeps me pretty warm. (I wouldn't wear this under 8 Celcius.) I like that the cuffs are a two-parter - there's another cuff inside the original that fits closer to skin. The size fits a little big - I'm normally a medium but the medium was slouchy. The reason I gave this product only three stars is because it isn't really a jacket - it's a hoodie. That, and there's NO WAY i'd pay regular price for this - I got it at around 55$ and I still think that's a little expensive for this product.

                    LOVE IT!

                      This jacket is exactly what I wanted - light weight, but warm with a hood. Perfect substitute for a hooded sweatshirt - looks way better! It does attract the pet hair, but what doesn't? AND extra long sleeves with cuffs further up the inside so the cold can't get up your sleeves!! Great jacket!

                      Just what I wanted

                        After trying to get this jacket for a reasonable price for the better part of a year and a half, I finally scored it in my size, Small, and favorite color, Berry (a beautiful true red). I got to test it out this weekend in Steamboat Springs, CO. Like others have said before me, this is a bit more like a sweater, but did serve as a warm jacket during the day. At night, however, I layered this piece under my Montane down jacket, and I was toasty warm. Be warned, this jacket is very fitted - no room for anything more than a light layer underneath (I had on a fitted cotton t). It is soft and comfortable. My favorite features are the deep, functional hood with the high front to protect your neck from the cold, and the interior sleeve cuffs. Overall, highly recommended, if you can get it for a decent price.

                        Great jacket!

                          I got this jacket for Christmas. When I first put it on my first thought was that it was a bit to tight around the belly area. But I loved it otherwise. Put it on a few more times and each time fell more in love with it. I have worn it skiing under a shell and it was warm and super comfy. I have also worn it hiking on a day when the temp was about 45 and it was the perfect jacket.
                          It is very fitted and really cute on.

                          gift for my mom!

                            i can't speak on the technical use of it, but it seems well made and my mom likes it! she was skeptical to how warm it would be, but was impressed. she's about 5'8" 140-150 and the large fits well ...

                            i'm wondering about the washing methods as well, but it seems like a cold cycle works fine .... she hang dries most non-cotton things anyways...

                            definitely wouldn't pay more than the outlet price, but the cuffs have a nice short "gaiter" to keep warm...

                            Super cool jacket!

                              I simply LOVE this jacket!
                              Got it around mid December and it has quickly became my favorite piece. Wear it basically daily (hey, it gets chilly at night even in California :)

                              The fit is very feminine with a defined waist line, I really like it.
                              I got size S while I am 5'7" and 120 lbs. Fits great with a room for another thin layer. I also use this jacket with the Stoic Shell (purchased here for a great price of $68.99) for a complete waterproof combo.

                              The overall design and workmanship is top notch.
                              Is has the softest non-bulky fleece lining and a little soft tab on the inside to cover the zipper so it does not scratch your chin. It may sound silly, but this is one of my favorite details of this product!

                              The Berry color is dark red.

                              These two products were my first purchases from and I am very pleased with the quality, price and speed of delivery. Will search the website for more great stuff right after finishing this review! :)

                              Hey, so I am reading reviews and noticing...

                              Hey, so I am reading reviews and noticing that smaller, shorter people are buying mediums, I usually buy a medium, I am 5'9'' long limbs, 140 lbs and usually buy mediums... so before i purchase this i want to make sure i get the right size! I want something that is long enough in torso and sleeves but fitting too! any suggestions?

                              How should I wash this jacket? I have an...

                              How should I wash this jacket? I have an XS and it fits perfectly. I'm concerned about it shrinking.

                              You don't really wash wool. If you absolutely need to wash it, either have it dry cleaned, or hand wash it in warm water- after you wash it let it dry out flat.

                              If it shrinks down, fill a tub or suitable container with warm water and some hair conditioner. When you wash wool, the problem is that the fibers tangle; the conditioner should untangle the fibers and restore the size of the jacket (that is if it shrinks.)

                              Hope this helps!

                              I'm 5'2" 110 lbs - will an XS fit me if I...

                              I'm 5'2" 110 lbs - will an XS fit me if I don't plan on wearing a lot underneath?

                              Is this sized to wear a sweater underneath?...

                              Is this sized to wear a sweater underneath? Or should I order up? I'm 5'4", 135, 34D, and I like things to fit close, but not too tight! I'm between a small and medium and not sure what size to order in this jacket...

                              Best Answer

                              I am 5'10", 36C, size 8 on top and the medium in this jacket fits great. It is nice and long, fits great on my curves, but is not too tight. I can wear a sweater (lightweight Icebreaker type) but not a sweatshirt under this jacket.

                              I would say to you, buy the size you would get in other brands such as Patagonia or Icebreaker. Hope this helps!

                              I really love how this jacket looks, and...

                              I really love how this jacket looks, and I am getting mixed messages on the reviews of how warm it actually is. I live in central new york, and I would love it if this jacket was warm enough to get me through the winter. does anyone think that it will?

                              It is a warm jacket. I would would also wear a layer underneath if you were use it in cold conditions. I would recommend going with the siphon primaloft hooded jacket. One of my favorites


                              Does anyone know when Backcountry rolls...

                              Does anyone know when Backcountry rolls out it's new models for next season? I'm looking for the Men's siphon hoodie but they're out of lots of sizes...

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                              I just bought this Siphon wool hoodie. I...

                              I just bought this Siphon wool hoodie. I love it so much that I find myself sleeping in it. What's the best way to wash this thing without shrinking it to doll size? It's only 42% wool despite what the despription says. Am I at risk of turning it into a child's jacket if I throw in the washer on cold?

                              So, what's the difference between the...

                              So, what's the difference between the SIPHON Wool Hooded Jacket and the non-Siphon Wool Hooded Jacket? Thanks!

                              I think it's the napoleon pocket on the front. I have the Wool hooded jacket (non-siphon), and like everyone else, love the fit, warmth, hood, collar, sleeve and torso length, etc. But I bought it thinking there was a napolean pocket, and there's not.

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                              How is the length on this jacket? I'm 6...

                              How is the length on this jacket? I'm 6 feet tall and wear a consistant medium in patagonia and other gear brands. I just ordered the backcountry shift softshell and am sending it back because it's weirdly short. Is this jacket the same story?