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rco3954870wrote a review of on January 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have used this jacket from 45 degree days with a t-shirt to -45 degree windchill days at my main insulating piece, for its size and weight this jacket is king. There is a slightly boxy fit, i am 5'10" 165lbs and the medium fit relatively well, I have used several fleeces and an Arteryx gamma lt underneath it and various technical shells over it. the insulating factors are amazing but still relative to its size and weight, this jacket is extremely packable and is extremely light. i have reapplied DWR coating from grangers, and have found it does a decent job at shedding even heavier wet snow or slush. I did find that with time, the jacket did not lose to much down, but it did seem to lose some loft although i did not find that this impacted insulation abilities. I found myself layering this piece when hunting when i would stay stationary for up to seven hours in freezing weather. All in all i would say this is a superb down SWEATER, and crosses over into the realm of standalone jacket in certain conditions. While you may sacrifice absolute-toastiness that might be found in a belay parka, this jacket makes up for it with its weight, overall good looks, insulating factors (for its size) and the acceptable water repellency and wind resistance. Sadly after two full years of use a seam blew out which left two baffles wide open, and after losing a large amount of down to my college campus, i noticed the problem and retired this piece for now. I would not hesitate to buy another Patagonia down product for backcountry and in town use and i would recommend this to a friend. Think long and hard about a hood though, this may have been my only regret with the piece.

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rco3954870wrote a review of on March 19, 2011

Gamma LT
5 5

The Gamma LT is a light weight softshell that uses very adaptable textile material that takes the role of a second skin. It is extremely breathable, sheds moderate rain easily, and resists all but the most powerful gusts of wind. This was my first step into the world of softshells and it is alo my first Arc'teryx product. This jacket does not include a laminate, which is the genius in the design of this piece. I own a gtx shell that is impenetrable (both windproof and water proof) but this softshell picks up where other softshells drop the ball, because it has not laminate it is EXTREMELY breathable. By no means should this softshell be an end all, there is a time and place for complete waterproofing and windproofing, but in the city this unlined shell has handled everything I have put it through. I hope to really test the piece in the backcountry this summer, and I plan to make it my go to jacket for everything except torrential downpours. I am 5'10" 170lbs and the medium fits PERFECTLY. The size is also roomy enough to fit a fleece under it on chilly days. Overall, I am glad to get a softshell that is the perfect medium, it combines reasonable features such as wind resistance, water resistance and amazing breathability, with superior comfort, fit, great stretchiness and a sleek look to make an amazing softshell.

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rco3954870wrote a review of on February 16, 2011

Corvara
4 5

I just received this jacket for my birthday in a size medium. This is my first softshell and I am for the most part, happy with the design. The wool is a fantastic thermal regulator and the M1 softshell is well made. The DWR treatment on the arms and shoulders of the jacket is impressive to say the least, water immediately beads and rolls off. The Jacket is also very breathable making it easy to use when you transition to a different temperature. The wind resistance good for the most part, but some may find it slightly breezy. The only problem I have with this piece is that my range of motion is limited and the arms of the jacket are slightly shorter than I expected. I am 5' 10" 175lbs. Standing up they are a nice length, but moving around they ride up quite a bit. I may return it and go a size up if it is noticeable when I am in the field. Overall, a great Jacket by marmot, but the sizing in the arms is a little awkward.

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