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Glad I bought it!

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

I live in the "southern tier" of New York. I just bought this coat and wore it a few times during our 0 to 30 degree weather. I love this coat. I'm 5'2" (now) and 135 lbs. I was torn between ordering the medium or large. so I tried them both out. I fit into the medium with a heavy sweater, but it was snug. So, I kept the large. It gives me plenty of comfortable room to move in with a heavy (and I mean heavy) sweater. The sleeves are long, but not uncomfortably so. The zipper comes down to just above the knees, which is comfortable. One can still walk around and get in the car without it being too restrictive. My only real complaint is that the inside pocket is a "drop in" pocket instead of a zippered/security pocket. I should add, I was standing with the wind whipping while I was putting gas in my car. It was so nice to be warm and not feeling the wind blow through my jacket!

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Is the zipper 2-way? I need to open the zipper from the bottom to get into my van. I guess the coat is too long to have a 2-way zipper. Also, without quilting, how does the down stay all over the coat? Doesn't it all fall to the bottom? In one place, it says both the hood and faux fur trim are removable. In another, it says the trim is removable. Is the entire hood removable? Thanks for any answers.

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Yes, the zipper is 2-way (at least on the Marmot Chelsea I purchased from Backcountry just a couple weeks ago). The down is quilted really well. The quilting isn't visible on the outside, because of the weatherproof layer. But it's totally visible on the inside -- if you look carefully you can see some of the interior quilting in the photo where the bottom of the coat is slightly open. The entire hood is removable from the coat (attached by zipper), and the fur trim is removable from the hood (also a zipper). I have to say, this is a totally amazing coat, but I'm probably going to return it because the "black" color looks awful on me (it's not actually black -- it's a dark blue fabric that looks like it faded in the wash). Hope this helps!