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crt4525007 wrote a review of on November 25, 2011

4 5

I have been looking for several months for a good down jacket/coat that included a removable hood to replace my old Patagonia fleece synchillas and have a somewhat lightweight but very warm coat to wear at camp when backpacking in cold weather. It does have DWR (water repellency) but is not considered windproof (I prefer a shell over the top). I am not a person that minds layering a shell over a down jacket to block the wind, but some people may not like that.The exterior material, although rip stop, does not look like it something I would want to run through a thicket or briar patch in, but appears to be durable. Some folks have had issue with the zippers having a metallic look but being plastic, not a problem to me. The jacket comes with an arm pocket (chap stick?) and two inside pockets that appear to be for a water bottle, electronics, phone or wallet. One of my favorite features is a layer of micro fleece lining near the wrists to dampen air flow. As far as I can tell it does not stuff down into itself, but I have plenty of small stuff sacks. The jacket does have a trash bag kind of look to it, but I think if you choose a good color it doesn't show as much. I initially bought eggplant and when it arrived it looked like Barney purple. I exchanged for cayenne and really like how it looks. I also started with a large and it felt good, but I am 5'-9" / 180 lbs and plan on having base layers and possibly another mid layer beneath so i went up to XL. I have friends with other Marmot jackets and this appears to run smaller. I am looking forward to some cozy days in camp (0- 15 degree temps). Finally was able to use this jacket in the backcountry. Temps got down to 25 degrees at camp and I stayed smoking hot. I was very pleased with it's performance. I will continue to update once I use it in some lower temps.