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Perfect Companion Piece

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been looking for the perfect synthetic parka to suplement my Patagonia Down Parka (that I've had since about 2006) for adventures that may be a bit wetter. The DAS lives in the bottom of my ski pack when I'm out touring. I stuck with my normal Patagonia size, Small, for my 5'10 165lb. frame. The DAS has some extra room built in so it fits over everything I'm wearing. That is exactly what I was looking for. My intended use would be the following: I wear some light softshell pants, an R1 Hoody and my Arc'teryx Beta FL shell while I'm out touring. That setup is perfect when you are on the move. But as soon as you stop for lunch or whatever you start getting cold fast, and out comes the DAS. I just toss that over the top of everything and munch on my sandwhich while staying warm. Perferct.

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I am 5'11" and 185lbs. I just received the medium DAS and the new model (2013) must be a different cut because I felt like a sausage with my Patagonia better sweater under it. I am returning it for a large.

I like the jacket because of the slightly longer length and that it is a two-way zipper. It could use a zippered inside pocket as well as the one outside zippered pocket. The two inside elastic pockets are huge for whatever you want to keep near your body. The hand warmer pockets are nicely placed and of a good size.