Gear Question

I had tried this coat in the past, circa...

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I had tried this coat in the past, circa 2007-08. I found that there was not enough down in the sleeves. Has anything changed since?

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My coat from winter 2009/10 has the same flaw. The front part of the arm, from shoulder to wrist, basically no down (5 in. wide baffles, empty!). I think it is outrageous, I have noticed this flaw on other down jackets, but not as exaggerated as on this one. Even in the 30's, your arms can get a chill, which gives you the chills. A real travesty for a parka with this much loft in the body. Otherwise, this is an excellent coat.

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thank you so much for your response! i was considering trying it if a change had been made.

any jacket that you have found to replace it?

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Your welcome. I like Wiggy's Antarctic Parka much better. Even fill throughout, no cold spots. It is about the same as far as weight, bulk, and size as the downtown, and has a simple, classic look. Perhaps it is 1-2 inches longer and .5 lbs heavier. It is the first coat I have ever worn that I was completely comfortable in single digit temps, I only had a t shirt underneath and had not worked up any body heat besides putting the parka on and walking outside. Not the most stylish in the world, but way warmer. As far as size in the Wiggy parka... I wear a 40R blazer and had to exchange an M for a L. My shoulders were constricted in the M. Good luck in your search.

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Also, the Alpine Parka by Apocalypse Design is excellent and much warmer than the downtown. It has 10oz per square yard continuous filament synthetic fiber throughout, including in the arms. My size large weights 3.5 lbs. It is an attractive parka - very good attention to detail and well designed. Probably better for car camping and cold, cold city use - not sure it would compress like down does for backpacking.

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I just received a Downtown parka this evening. The latest model does not have nearly enough down in the sleeves, so I'm returning it. That's the first, and last, Mountain Hardwear product that I'll buy.