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Uptown style and low-temp warmth.

Cold temps in the city become a laughing matter when you have the 650-fill insulated Mountain Hardwear Women’s Downdown Down Coat at the ready. The insulated, removable hood traps warmth around your head, through which most of your body heat tries to vamoose. Nestle into the Downtown Coat's soft Velbora Raschel lining and steer your sled toward that pillow of powder, or cram this down jacket into its stuff sack and throw it into your ski pack for a chilly day on the slopes. The contoured, feminine cut prevents that jet-puffed 'mallow look, and the extended length covers you with modern style for downtown day trips.

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Is this coat good for -20C to -30C (-4 to...

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Is this coat good for -20C to -30C (-4 to -22F)? It gets cold up here in Canada

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Emilie. With other layers this would be good for those temperatures. If you are looking for a jacket to really challenge the elements, especially when it is that cold out, check out the Mountain Hardwear Women's Sub Zero SL Hooded Jacket. It is not quite as long but definitely warmer. Hope this helps!

i'm after this coat in black, size medium...

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i'm after this coat in black, size medium and live in UK. Any idea when I could get one? keri

4 5

Sharp coat

This is a beautiful coat--though I would classify it more as a sweater than a coat. Since it is not windproof, it just wasn't warm enough to be my only winter coat. If I had more $$$$ I'd have kept it because of its good looks and great fit, but alas I wanted something I could wear in frigid temps and this didn't fit the bill. The quality is what I would expect from Mountain Hardware, that is to say, excellent. The espresso color is a very attractive shade of deep brown that goes well with other colors--not reddish. I am usually a Medium and it was true to size and fit to just above the knee *I'm 5'7".

I am 5'6, 115lbs and thin. I tried the...

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I am 5'6, 115lbs and thin. I tried the north face coat that is just like this in a small and it fit great except it was very boxy and not flattering at all. Do you think this coat would be better for me?

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I'm 5ft and just over 100lbs--being short waisted, I always look for something with shape. I bought this coat in November and it's the best I've ever owned. I layer Icebreaker tops under it and it's amazingly warm--and flattering. I've not seen anything by Northface that comes close--you'll love this coat!

I am 5'6, 120lbs, and thin. I tried on the...

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I am 5'6, 120lbs, and thin. I tried on the North face coat that is just like this in a small and although it fit well, it was very boxy and not flattering at all. Do you think this jacket will be better suited for me?

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I certainly hope so. I would try a small in this piece and see what you think. Cheers!

5 5

The best

I've had the coat for a month or so now and I can't praise it highly enough. I went to Europe with it, drove around the US with it, and have had no problems whatsoever. It fits like a dream. It's super warm, even in dreadful, cold weather. It's lightweight and easy to carry around. Yes, tiny little down feather-matter comes out sometimes around the seams, but it does on any down coat. I've not had any issues with the velcro -- in fact, I like it. It keeps me even warmer since no wind can blow through the zipper. For the first time in years, I haven't minded the bone-chill of winter!

3 5

returning a great coat

i have to return it and with huge regrets. my purse has a wide woven strap that is not rough on the edges at all but it has been snagging my new coat since i got it a month ago. the outside material of the coat is very soft and very thin. i am sure it would get a hole in it very easily. i would buy this coat but i would only use a really soft leather shoulder bag and be very careful around fences or football stadium seats if they are wooden. the purse strap that snagged is woven, like a thick grosgrain ribbon, not anything that should have caused so many snags on a garment. i will continue to carry the purse because it is not the problem, the coat is, unfortunately.

(1) What is the cost to have this down...

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(1) What is the cost to have this down coat shipped to Vancouver, Canada?(2) I'm 5'3" tall, weight 95 pounds, tiny figure. Will the XS size fit me?

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Carmine. The best way to find out this info is to call Backcountry.com's customer service department directly. Cheers!

5 5

I love it!

I have been cold every winter. With this coat, I am so cozy and warm. I love the way it is slightly fitted through the waist area. I have really enjoyed our cold Chicago winter this year, thanks to this great coat! I absolutely love it!

5 5

very warm

This coat is very warm, sleeves are great for long arms, I love it. It's much warmer than any other down jacket I have and the length is awesome.

What is the best way to keep the white...

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What is the best way to keep the white version clean? Is it necessary to wash it regularly before it "appears" to have dirt, and will this damage the down?

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There are detergent that are made specifically for down products. For example, there's Nikwax's Down Wash. But frequent washing of down will deteriorate the product, so use with care.

how to stop feathers from comming out of...

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how to stop feathers from comming out of your down coat?

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You can't completely stop it. The tiny quills will work their way through eventually.

5 5

Great stylish and comfortable long coat

I bought this coat for my wife for Christmas. She absolutely loves it. It's form fitting so very feminine and is cozy warm for those 70 minute soccer games. Highly recommended.

3 5

The good and the bad

The good: no giant logo, great length for city walking with two-way zip, fluffy filling, soft fabric, really warm.
The bad: the velcro closure is very annoying, the furry lining is static-y, and the fit is unforgiving if you are short-waisted like I am.
I had to return it, and live with the giant horrifying logo of the Northface coat I exchanged it for(the Metropolis Parka) which fits better and has a snap storm flap and is much less static-y.

i want to know the length in this coat,and...

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i want to know the length in this coat,and also if you have it in a 2xl

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The center back length is 35", and the available sizes are at the top of the page in the "Select Options" drop-down box.

5 5


If you are thinking about buying this coat, don't wait any longer. If it's back-ordered be patient, it's worth the wait. I love this coat! After spending hours researching and comparing I decided on the Mountain Hardwear due to the specs and the reviews. I am more than pleased with my decision. I bought the XS and it's a perfect fit. I'm a petite 5'3 and slim and this coat fits my curves, thanks to an inner adjustable elastic cord at the waist. I look like a woman, not like a shapeless sack of potatoes. The length hits mid-thigh. I also like the fact that it doesn't have a big brand logo sewn across the chest. I live in NY and spend a lot of time outside in the cold. In fact, I have a tendency to ALWAYS be cold. This coat is so warm you won't need a lot layers and you will get too warm wearing it inside for even a short amount of time. This coat can also be dressed up or down which is a nice alternative to my dressy mid-length wool Ann Taylor coat. I can still look fashionable on the streets of NYC. The velcro can be a bit annoying, but it's better than having the wind blow through the zipper flap, and much better than fussing with snaps. You have to remember why you're buying this coat in the first place. Moreover, the pockets are lined with fleece as is the back/chest portion of the coat. No tacky faux fur around the hood (the hood is removeable as well). Initially you may get one or two bits of down that come through a seam, but that is normal with any down product and it usually subsides after a wear or two. And one last thing: The outside is nylon rip-stop. A must with any down coat.

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The one & only thing that aggravates me (alot) is the velcro. Unzipping always take longer than I'd like. Would be much better w/ snaps(at least I'd have a choice).

3 5


I like this coat. couple things I dont like are the feathers coming out of the nylon and the velcro closures.

3 5

slim fitting!

I own two other Mountain Hardwear size S down jackets(Phantom Jacket and Sub Zero SL Jacket), but this coat in size S is slim fitting.

I am size 4, 5'3 120lbs, wear size S, but wearing this coat with a long sleeved t-shirt feels small around the chest area. Zipped up and sitting and moving your upper body is uncomfortable.

I really liked the design, texture and the longer length and even considered exchanging to size M but checking the size chart, I decided not to.

Maybe this coat was designed differently from the other styles, and I am more used to less fitting style, but I wish the sizing were universal within the same brand. Also, I wish they had more color choices.

I ordered this coat with the understanding...

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I ordered this coat with the understanding it was 650 fill DOWN, but when it arrives, the tag sewn into the coat says 90% down, 10% feathers - exactly what I was trying to avoid. So what gives? I've got a Patagonia that's 700 fill and a North Face that's 600, and they're both 100% down, which is more durable and warmer than feathers. Does 650 fill imply feathers, or is this a truth in advertising issue?

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Build a bridge... or return it if the 10% is going to bother you. There are greater injustices in the world. -----------Well put, sir. This isn't a high performance jacket, get over it.---------------------------------Easy guys. Actually, this is a truth in marketing issue. There are always going to be some feathers in any down. Also in the market place there is no law telling anyone what they have to print. When ever Mountain Hardwear puts down into a jacket and give it a rating... it is meant as a minimum rating. This means that this Downtown Coat is 650 Fill... MINIMUM! Just as an 800 Fill rating would be a minimum rating. Most down in the jacket would probably rate higher. Also, consider this, if you took 650 fill down out of a jacket and took 800 fill out of a jacket and held it in your hand, including the feathers,... good luck telling the difference between the two. Hope this info helps!

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