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Grouse Mtn - Vancouver, BC

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Enjoy being the first to make tracks on fresh powder snow.

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swoon2183650 wrote a review of on March 13, 2012

3 5

I bought these because of the "no stink" claim and its claim is true. It is great for running except if you have "jiggly belly" like me. The pants sits at the hip and the front will ride down to sit just below the belly while running. Also, there is no compression, so it will bag a little. Despite its faults, it is still a keeper because of its "no-stink" property.

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swoon2183650 wrote a review of on December 28, 2011

5 5

This is a great light jacket to keep in pack when needed. I have the black and it has a low sheen to it, which I think it makes it dressier looking so that it can be worn around town and not just in the backcountry. The fit is great, better than my down sweater, thin (but warm), stylish and comfortable. Mine is slightly longer than the down sweater. I was torn between "with" hood or "without", went without because I usually wear a toque when hiking and don't use the hood when in town ... although withhood looks great too. Highly recommended!

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swoon2183650 wrote a review of on April 5, 2011

2 5

It keeps you dry for sure, except that the material is a bit thin that it feels like wearing plastic and wrinkle easily. The coat is slightly fitted, so not very forgiving if you are shorter than average, like under 5'2" and the sleeves are quite long.

I like Patagonia's quality on most of their products but fall short on this one. It seems the focus on this one is "light weight" that it looses substance in the material.

I really like the style of this one. Hopefully, in the near future, Patagonia would have Petite sizes and improve the material on this one.

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swoon2183650 wrote a review of on March 22, 2011

4 5

Can't complain about the quality and style but I don't think this fits anyone under 5'2".

I ordered a size Small and the sleeves are too long, covered my hands. The coat has a fitted look, which means it is narrower where the waist is and wider in the hip area, so if you are like me under 5'2", the shaping of waist and hip on the coat will not sit where they should be.

Also, the material of the coat is very light but lack of body, which means very wrinkly (see picture). If you are looking for a more dressy looking rain coat, this is not it.

I was going to order an XS but decided to continue searching for one in Petite size with same quality as this one but in wrinkle-free material. Perhaps, Patagonia will come up with one next season.

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swoon2183650 wrote a review of on December 14, 2010

3 5

Pros: warm and stylish; you can wear it 3 ways. The down layer is very light.
Cons: not made for those who are under 5'2" and who are not slim; I tried a Small - length of coat is just right but the sleeves are long,almost covering my whole hands (at knuckles)and it is not feasible to shorten the sleeves to fit because there is a zipper on each sleeve opening. The outer layer is heavier than what I want and not very packable for travelling. The down jacket is slightly bigger than the outer layer and puffy, which makes the wearer look "fat" unless you zipped up to keep the down jacket compressed.Conclusion: If you are like me, 5'1" with not a slim, perfect figure, then this is not for you because the jacket is "fitted" and not very forgiving. Also, if you are looking for a light, and packable coat for travelling, this is not it.

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swoon2183650 wrote a review of on November 24, 2010

4 5

This jacket is light, warm and very packable. I only have one negative thing to say about this - the fit of this jacket is not uniformed according to the size for all colors. Patagonia made some adjustments to the fit from previous year's version - narrower shoulders and chest; and wider in the waist so that you don't have this cinched in look (looking like a football player in uniform). Unfortunately, I think Patagonia reduced the shoulders and chest a bit too much. I tried on the red, blue and purple in XSmall and found that the purple fits about a 1/2-1/4 inch larger than the blue; the red fits about 1/4-1/8 inch larger than the blue. Conclusion: you need to try them on to see which one fits.
I am 5'1" and compact 135lb with a mature figure. The purple fits comfortably snug, not tight, with room for a light layer, like a 220 Icebreaker top.

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swoon2183650 wrote an answer about on August 24, 2010

Go with XS - I am around your height and weight. XS fits with a light layer and S is roomier, allowing more layers, but then today's "layers" are not bulky. Also, the downsweater provide enough warmth and most of the time I wear it with only a light layer, like a 150 or 220 Icebreaker sweater when out snowshoeing.

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swoon2183650 wrote a review of on June 30, 2010

5 5

I ran in it for a 7K training session the other day and it performed as described - not overheated and very comfortable; and I did not feel any muscle ache afterward. However I think I am going to save it for when I run my 1st half in October ... I am 5" and 138lbs (weight evenly distributed), purchased size Small and it fits perfect. Very happy with my purchase and highly recommended for those long runs but not for training runs (want to build up strength but then, that's just my way of training).

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swoon2183650 wrote a review of on June 20, 2010

3 5

It is accurate and good but big. I had this for one and half year when the "low battery" icon came on occassionally, then suddenly one day the numbers were missing some lines. Had the battery replaced by an authorized Polar dealer but the numbers still not readible which rendered it useless. I am disappointed that it quit in less than two years, perhaps it is from a bad batch! Thanks to BC return policy, I will give Polar another try.

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swoon2183650 wrote a review of on March 2, 2010

5 5

Patagonia updated the cut from previous year's and it is perfect! Now, you can wear it around town and not just on the mountain. Like another reviewer said it is warm and light, and not bulky under a water-proof shell (when needed). It is a "regular" fit, so size down if you want it fitted or size up if you want to wear layers under it.
I purchased the real red - great color! ... go get one!

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swoon2183650 wrote a review of on January 22, 2010

5 5

I am going to answer my own question: I tested both Atlas 12 and MSR Lightning Ascent - they are both amazing but I found that MSR is great if the snow conditions are icy and steep hills whereas Atlas 12 just as good except you have to kick in the toes to grip when going uphill, however coming downhill is quite fun, you can run downhills without tripping over the snowshoes (which I did when accidently stepped on the other shoe with MSR). Overall, they both are amazing so it is a matter of personal preference.

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