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Willbe Ho

Willbe Ho wrote a review of on December 27, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

For those who were looking at this vs the Marmot Destination Jacket, this one is the ultra-packable light version without a lining. The cut is nice, the material feels excellent. My two qualms are:
1. Velcro on the pockets. It's annoying because the pockets are essentially always 'shut' and I'm a hands-in-pockets person. It's just annoying enough to not be able to get open with one hand easily - except you have to do it for both pockets of course. The velcro really isn't necessary as there are zips on the pockets too.
2. The fabric is so light (in weight and thickness) that it doesn't fall as nicely as the Destination Jacket. If you have a layer underneath you will see all the bumps and unevenness. I also think wind would whip it up easily.

Also, the backcountry rep told me the two jackets are the same length - the Destination has a few extra inches on the Highland. I walk through pouring rain with the Destination and knee-high boots, and the only part of me that gets wet are my knees - so I like those extra few inches.

If not for the velcro on the pockets, I would have kept them both. I love that it is a high quality rain jacket that packs down super tiny, and the brim on the hood is a nice touch.

Sizing: 5'6, 100lbs, S fits nicely with room for medium layers if needed. Cut stays nice and feminine. I usually get XS but chose S for the sleeve and coat length.

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Willbe Ho

Willbe Ho wrote a review of on October 4, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Pros: It's a lot lighter than I first expected, which is good. The outside material looks and feels good. The hood is well constructed so you have a slight brim if you're using it in rain.

Cons: Biggest downer for me is that the fuzzy fleece inside is not at all soft. It just isn't inviting...feels like an old stuffed toy. I'm not doubting how well it works at keeping you warm, but for the price I was looking for a jacket I would love.

The length is a too short for what I was looking for - from the picture I expected something 4-6 inches longer. The chin flap is very stiff making it uncomfortable when you have it zipped up high. The hood will ride high if you have it zipped all the way up, which is nice for keeping your neck warm, but pulls that uncomfortably stiff chin flap against your throat.

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