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An ideal always-with-you jacket, the La Sportiva Women's Estela Insulated Jacket layers well under a hard shell when you are mountaineering or can go it alone when you are snowshoeing around the mountains. After all, it is a star (that's what "estela" means in most romance languages, fyi). The durable 10D ripstop nylon face fabric is durable and will resist minor abrasions, and it gets a nice heavy-duty coating of Repeloff Nano Super DWR to make the Estela both windproof and water resistant.

Where the Estela shines is with the Dual-zone Primaloft One insulation. La Sportiva strategically placed 100g insulation in the body to keep your core warm and 60g insulation in the sleeves for increased mobility. To further keep you warm and keep the elements out, the hood is adjustable with a single hand, there's an adjustable cord lock waist, and a microfleece chin guard.

  • 10D Ripstop nylon face fabric
  • Repeloff Nano Super DWR
  • 30D nylon tafetta lining
  • 100g PrimaLoft One insulation in body
  • 60g PrimaLoft One insulation in sleeves
  • Single-hand hood adjustment
  • Microfleece chin guard
  • Integrated stow bag
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I wanted to love it too..

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I purchased this piece as a technical layer for backcountry skiing and winter hiking. I give it 2 stars for looks, color and a great hood. It would be a great piece for someone doing light aerobic activity in temps above 20 degrees, and it was nicely wind resistant and breathable. I returned this product because it was majorly disappointing on a technical and durability level. In regards to technical- it was not very warm, the shoulders way too tight (especially when climbing or with ski poles, didn't have the nice "angel wing" movement), no chest pocket (when wearing bibs or backpack belt a must), and the zipper although rugged looking did not operate easily (tough to start, especially with cold fingers). On the durability note, my first hike out for the winter I was so excited to wear this piece- I brushed up between two rocks and the fabric ripped (well didn't "rip" but ran kind of like panty hose?). I was bummed and patched it, determined to make it work. But after 4 hikes, like the other reviewer mentioned, all the insubstantial primaloft started sticking out like whiskers from the nylon. Again, nice looking piece- but thumbs down for technical piece in the backcountry...

I wanted to love it

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I really did. This jacket has great features--plenty of well designed pockets and probably the best hood I've ever used. I loved the length (it just covered my backside.) Pit zips would make it almost perfect.

Immediately I realized that it's way warmer than I was expecting. In anything over 35 deg temps, it was too warm for any aerobic activity. I expected to use it for walking to work in the winter and cold weather snowshoeing, and it's too warm for either. But I would have kept it if it were just that.

The proportions were a bit off for me. I'm 5'6"/ 140, 36C with fairly broad shoulders and a large was big in the torso but just barely fit in the chest and shoulders. Someone with a narrower top would probably be a better audience.

The reason I returned it was because it began shedding filling through the seams within weeks. It might be great for gentle use, but I just don't have space in my closet for such a delicate jacket.