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agi2435276 wrote a review of on November 30, 2009

5 5

I wanted a very long down coat for walking in downtown chicago (we go several weekends a month). My criteria is I wanted something to start AT LEAST where my tall uggs end! :) I had the luck to be in Boulder for a weekend and tried on every long down coat I had looked at online. I had started off thinking I wanted the NF Triple C (THE down coat of choice in Chicago) but it just didn't cut it compared to the patagonia. The downtown loft zips all the way down (triple c doesn't), has a much more flattering fit, and I thought it seemed better quality. Our shockingly warm fall has kept me from wearing it much yet but I think it is a great coat. Also, size down if in doubt. I nearly always wear a small and bought an XS (still with room to layer). I'm 5'8" and it hits me about 6" below my knees. Sleeves are also long enough and I have long arms. Also, hood is great. I normally find hoods annoying but this one lays flat and is cute. I did a ton of research and this coat was the CLEAR champ. I may be the only one in Chicago wearing it but will be happy when those big wind gusts hit! :)

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agi2435276 wrote a review of on November 30, 2009

3 5

I really wanted to like this coat. I wear A LOT of mountain hardwear and it is one of my favorite brands. This jacket was...well...kind of matrix-y and had a weird fit. I found that it fit tight and cut in under my arms. I did think it nipped in at the waist and was flattering but it was just uncomfortable. I nearly always wear a small (or XS) in Mtn Hardwear/NF/Marmot/etc. Definitely no room for sweaters. I thought the quality was great and the look very distinctive and edgy. I love the idea of a long soft shell but due to the fit (I thought going up a size would throw off the trim look) I returned it. I ended up getting the NF Insulated Grace which slides over a blazer for work and still has a sleek look. Tuja is a cool idea but didn't work for me.

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agi2435276 wrote a review of on November 30, 2009

4 5

I ordered up as the reviews stated. Doing so, it leaves room for a light layer but can still be worn alone. It definitely fits smaller than most (I wear a small in mtn hardware/marmot/north face and bought a medium). I could do a small but no room for even a light layer. It is a very nice material and a cool look. Great for windy runs or rides.

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agi2435276 wrote a review of on November 30, 2009

4 5

Its hard to go wrong with Arc'teryx. Quality is a given, as is a great cut. This is a very nice light vest. Not a lot to it but great for a little extra warmth and is nice for running. Seems to breath well. Only drawback is no pockets but for a light, cute vest, it is terrific. Also- it is cut a little longer. Some vests are getting super short lately and its a pain if you have a long torso. This vest fit really well and is true to size.

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agi2435276 wrote a review of on November 30, 2009

5 5

I bought these shoes (full price) over a year ago. I have to admit I bought them completely for the color and more for light hiking/casual use as I wear Mizunos for actual training. I fell IN LOVE with these shoes and wore them all the time. After one of my dogs chewed up one of the (very cool) laces, I realized how beat up and tired these shoes were. I went online thinking there was no hope of finding them still available. Found them on my fave site- Backcountry! Bought the last 2 pairs in my size. Fantastic shoes, especially if you like pink! One caveat- they are not water resistant but the flip of that is they breath well.

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