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kcdcwrote a review of on January 4, 2013

4 5

I tried the Montbell Frost Smoke Parka, TNF Micro Thunder, and Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody and Ultralight Down Hoody, and here are my observations.

The Montbell was the editor's choice at outdoorgearlab, but I found it had some shortcomings. It was not at all flattering, and despite the review saying that it was slightly longer than the Patagonia jackets, I found the small to be about the same length as the Patagonia XS. I loved the fleece hand pockets and the reinforced shoulders and elbows, but the hood adjustment is just mediocre. I don't think the Montbell comes in an XS, and I found the S to be too big and let too much of a draft in, so back to the drawing board. I'm 5'3", 115 lb for reference. Overall, a decent jacket if it fit, but the other jackets are way more flattering, and the hood adjustment of the Patagonia jackets are far superior to the Montbell hood.

Ultimately, I like the Montbell hand pockets and reinforcements, prefer the TNF Micro Thunder fit and length, and the Ultralight Hoody hood and exterior chest pocket.

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kcdcwrote a review of on March 18, 2011

3 5

The jacket was okay. The Conduit fabric seems to be good quality, stretchy, not clammy feeling, love the color. The Zweld seams are interesting: shaves off weight, but not sure how it'll hold up long-term. I'm returning it for a few reasons. 1) The hood is ridiculously huge. The back cinch curves up diagonally, so instead of pulling the brim down closer to your face, it widens it. The flat brim (like a badly shaped bball cap) might provide for better coverage, but I don't want to look like a hammerhead shark either! That along with the fact that you could fit 2 or 3 heads in the hood, I couldn't get it to look right no matter how I played with it. 2) The pockets were a bit skimpy, especially the inside pocket. It's only good for tiny objects, like chapstick, gum, or a small mp3 player; not ideal for wallets or cameras. 3) MH usually runs a little tight. I'm 5'2.5", 110 lbs, usually between an XS (tight fit) and S (just right) in MH stuff, ordered a M in order to layer underneath... Don't order up! I'm swimming in it!! I'm not gonna try a S though b/c the hood is a dealbreaker for me.

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kcdcwrote a review of on February 22, 2011

3 5

I'm disappointed with this jacket. I'd read so many great reviews about how warm and versatile it was. My gripes: it's very stiff/doesn't move well & doesn't seem very breathable (& no pit zips!), so IMO, not good for skiing, hiking, or climbing. I'm 5'3", 110 lbs, usually a XS or S in TNF. The S fits, but if I roll my shoulders back, it felt tight across the chest (I'm pretty flat). It would definitely feel tight if I had any mid-weight layers underneath, which would be necessary in the winter b/c it's much thinner than expected & doesn't seem like it would be very warm. Also, the cuffs are really tight, so you can't roll them up if you get warm. It's kind of short, so not good coverage in the cold. If you want a nice-looking, tailored spring/fall windproof jacket for around town, this is it. I was hoping for something breathable enough for outdoor activities, and versatile enough to use with layers in the winter or worn alone for spring/fall.

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