My winter coat search is over!!!
After researching very carefully all the down filled coats on the market, one thing I knew was that I didn't want to wear a coat that made me look like a "Michelin Man". The Marmot Chelsea is perfectly cut for a women's shape, highlighting the waist and being padded on the inside, but only enough to keep you warm and cosy without the extra external bulk. I didn't really want true Black so I was praying that the colour sold as Black so actually the colour it appeared on the screen, or sort of deep steel grey. I love this colour and as a blonde with quite a fair complexion it is more flattering on me than black plus I can wear it with just about any other coloured sweater and pants. Now for the size. I agonised between the Med and the Large. I thought I'd opt for roomier than too snug and I made the right choice. I'm 5'7 and 140lbs but small waisted,so in the large I still have ample room yet it still gives me a waistline! The previous issue with the supposed velcro on the cuffs is definitely non-existant in this model. Just simple press studs are in place instead. The hood with the fur is a little too bulky and unless it's freezing I will likely remove it more often than not. The two way zipper takes a little patience and getting used to at first but eventually you get the hang of it. Being Australian I hate the cold so wanted this to take with me on European winter trip in December. Really pleased with my purchase and the customer service from Backcountry was exceptional. All round great experience and I highly recommend this coat.