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Warm jacket, tiny package

    Lightweight, comfy jacket still allows for a pretty good range of motion while being active, fits above a harness or hipbelt, and gives me a shape other than round. Not too bulky and packs really well, but still has sufficient loft to keep me toasty.

    Wonderful belay jacket

      I put on this jacket when belaying on ice climbing trips and resting during climbing and snow shoeing. It is a very warm and light jacket for that purpose. It comes with a stuff pack so it compresses very small for easy packing. I am 5'5 and 115lb but ordered an S to fit over the other layers.

      Looong arms!

        I was so excited about this jacket. I have the vest version in black and love its fit. Then I got it. The arms are really, really long and poofy. My fingertips barely cleared them and to push the sleeves up looked ridiculous. The beetroot color was also disappointing. It looked like a gorgeous, rich blueish red-burgundy online but was a washed-out lighter red "in person." I'm sure this is a great jacket for someone but not me, alas. Sent it back.

        Believe this is a climbing jacket

          I believe that Patagonia meant this to be a climbing jacket hence the larger shoulder area and short jacket length. When you buy a jacket be sure you understand what activities it was designed for. Many people buy a jacket thinking all jackets are for wearing to town or skiing and that is not the case. A town jacket will be longer and closer fitting. One that is designed for specific activities will be cut with the movement patterns in mind. Climbers need to move in all directions and the jackets must be cut differently for that. Ski jackets sometimes have articulated sleeves because your elbows are bent most of the time when you ski. Be sure to read what the jacket is designed for and that will give you an idea of how and why it is cut the way it is. You need longer sleeves if you are always reaching up as in climbing.

          Very strange fit

            I bought the beetroot color--more like salmon/coral. Interesting color, but looked awful on me. My big beef was with the fit, though. The sleeves were incredibly long and the body was incredibly short (and I'm very average sized). Also, the shoulders were exceptionally poofy, resulting in this strange "rounded" look that made my arms/shoulders look like one big horseshoe! It was very warm and light and compressible but for $200, I expect to look pretty good too! Bottom line: If you have a very short torso, monkey arms and a horseshoe-shaped shoulder girdle, this is the jacket for you! If not, skip it :)

            Bad Zippers

              I love this coat except for it's whimpy zippers. It is super warm for it's light weight and doesn't make you look like a snowman. I going to write to Patagonia and see if they can put in better zippers. The main zipper has split many times. I just hate to send it back and be without the coat. The pocket zippers are bad also. They get caught on extra material.

              Not what I was hoping for...

                I ordered this with expectations that it would be thicker warmer etc. My fault for not doing proper research, and buying without seeing. It's more of a fashion jacket than one you want to throw in your pack. I think Patagonia is kind of changing as a company. Anyways, looks nice to go out in. Very good experience with

                okay coat

                  The good is that this coat is very light, warm and a beautiful color. The bad is that it's short and the cold goes right up your back. The large was too big and puffed in strange places looking very silly and the medium was too snug. I'll be returning this one and keeping the North Face coat I ordered.

                  Patagonia Down Jacket

                    Overall - Wonderful! Sleeves are long enough, no cold gets in. Shaped to flatter a womans figure. And VERY warm. I will have this until all the feathers fall out....which will be forever because I've only lost about 10. Fleece on the inner collar is great because there are no marks from your face - and no chaffing on your face. It's my first piece of Patagonia outerwear and I'm hooked.

                    THIS IS MY FAVORITE JACKET

                      Super cozy. I bought this for a backcountry touring trip, and now I can't take it off. The fit is very slim and flattering, so if you plan on wearing bulky layers underneath, size up. I prefer to wear it with only a very light layer underneath, and have found it to be excellent, warm, and very cozy.

                      Still Cold

                        I love this jacket and it's size for around town, but it's much better suited for dry cold climates. I used it in Ecuador for some mountaineering and it was great but then i went up to the Dacks to go ice climbing and I needed another down jacket and about 6 more layers to be warm. This jacket did not do well with <10 degree wet cold weather.

                        Perfect for cold days in the backcountry!

                          This is the warmest jacket I've owned - whether I wear it to work, skiing, or hiking in the backcountry during winter, it hasn't disappointed me. The fit is very slim, but has enough room for 1-2 light layers underneath. It is not bulky, so it fits easily beneath my hard shell on extremely cold days. The material is more durable than other down jackets I have owned. Despite a few run-ins with tree branches & rocks it is still unscathed. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a down jacket that can serve multiple purposes .

                          I've heard that this jacket should be...

                          I've heard that this jacket should be ordered one size up - just wanted see if people here think this is the case? I'm 5'2" and 110 lbs and I'm not sure what size to get - any thoughts?

                          I am looking at the Patagonia womens Down...

                          I am looking at the Patagonia womens Down Jacket or the Mountain Hardware womens "Downtown" jacket. Which would you recommend - one over the other and why or are both about the same?

                          I've heard that the women's patagonia down is hit or miss as far as fit goes. I've found that the simpler cut on the mountain hardware coats (in general) accomodates more women's shapes. Also, I feel that mountain hardware does very well with down. I hope that helps.