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A flattering down jacket?

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I am 6' tall and usually wear a large top and large bottom. TrueFit recommended this jacket in a 10, but after trying on a size 10 and 12 I went with the 12 and have room to layer underneath. It fits very well through the body and is just a bit big in the chest/shoulder area (I am slightly pear shaped). It's really, really hard to find a down jacket that doesn't make you look enormous when you're already 6', and out of about the 15 I tried on this was by far the best looking. It has a very flattering shape, is a perfect length, and has smaller baffles around the waist that help you to avoid looking like a giant brick of fluff. This is a very long jacket and hits a few inches above my knee, so on a shorter person may be knee length or even longer. The sleeves are long enough for me as well. You can barely see the bottom side slits in the photo, but they add a very nice aesthetic detail and also a bit of mobility. The zipper starts about 6" from the bottom of the jacket, so leaving the bottom two buttons open also provides extra mobility, and the zipper is lined with Isis-themed ribbon for a cute, feminine touch.

The outer fabric of the jacket is very a soft taffeta, not as "crunchy" as pertex, and the inner is partially lined with light, very soft fleece. I have yet to test the DWR water repellency of the jacket, but am not expecting it to hold up in any sort of wet weather for an extended period of time although I am sure that any light snow will be just fine. The wrist gaiters are a nice touch as well, although I feel like they may be a bit too loose to be of much use.

The only things I am not completely satisfied with are the look of the fur, which is seriously lacking in style (but thankfully can be removed), and the size of the hood. The hood is standard sized, but when you remove the fur it's a bit shallow. I wish it was bigger for more storm protection.

I am excited to put this jacket to use in the Park City/Wyoming cold!