Gear Review

5 5

Exactly what I wanted.

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'd been looking for a waterproof down coat for city use. I also wanted it to have feminine cut and good color. We both have lighter Marmot MemBrain coats and jackets and we really like their breathability and design. For this case Marmot Chelsea Down Coat seemed the best choice. I went for the color Navy and size M (I am 5'6,1"and 126 lbs.), that gives me a bit of space to fit a sweater or fleece underneath if necessary. So far I have had chance to use it just above freezing with strong winds, sleet and rain. It works beautifully and breaths better than any other down coat that I have, whatever the system. The shoulders seem to have less filling than the rest of the coat, but maybe I need to fluff it up a bit more. The removable fur is a bit big and sticks out when the hood is on, but that may be a very good thing when the sleet is coming down on unexpected angles. I love this coat. It's a lifesaver and it also looks great.