Layerable warmth for serious adventures.
Being cold is better than being hot. When you're heat panicking, there isn't anything you can do about it, but when you're shivering, all you have to do is zip up the Marmot Quasar Women's Hooded Down Jacket and get moving; it's easier than sleeping in on a Sunday morning. The Quasar is loaded up with 850-fill goose down, which has about the best warmth-to-weight ratio you can find, so it serves up serious warmth without making you feel like you're carrying a quilt on your back. It also packs up small into it's own pocket, so you can bring it along on those iffy weather days.
Down's only as good as the fabric keeping it from leaking, so Marmot chose to use Pertex Quantum, a superlight and strong fabric that prevents feathers from sneaking out and fights off brambles, branches, and rock snags. All of this is complemented by Marmot's Angel-Wing Movement, which provides full mobility for hiking, climbing, skiing, and whatever else-ing, while the adjustable hood, hem, and cuffs snug up to seal your body heat in and the chilly mountain air out.
- Pertex Quantum ripstop face fabric
- DWR coating
- 850-fill goose down
- Angel-Wing Movement
- Adjustable hood
- Zippered chest and hand pockets
- Elastic cuffs and drawcord hem
- Stuffs into pocket
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- Q & A
Runs very small
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: XL
This jacket was 4" too small for me to even comfortably zip up, with nothing but a cotton shirt under it! In a men's/unisex t-shirt a Large is form-fitting and an XL is very baggy on me. So I thought a women's XL would be a good guess for size. But I would say if you want only light clothing underneath buy a size larger, and if you wanted to be able to wear a sweater underneath (it's fall/winter, after all, when wearing these) you might even need two sizes larger. This struck me as the type of completely different sizing you get when ordering from cheap companies in China. The jacket itself was attractive and looked well-made, tho very thin. I can't speak to its warmth because I couldn't zip it up, but it seemed like it would be a good choice for city living (where you're not out in bitter cold for very long).
Love the cut and style but...
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
This replaced my old Patagonia down hoodie, and I love it so much. The fabric is great, the slightly longer cut is good, and it gives warmth without adding bulk. BUT, I wish it was slightly fuller cut. It says "regular cut/fit" but it feels like a slim cut - especially across my shoulders and upper arms. If you have a more athletic, muscular upper body (thanks, powerlifting) then you may want to size up or just know that you won't be able to layer up underneath. Still debating if I should return for the next size up.