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Few pieces in your fall and winter wardrobe are as versatile and practical as a down vest. The North Face Women's Carmel Down Vest is no exception; throw it on over a flannel shirt for light protection during fall outings or layer it under a shell for super core warmth in extreme cold. The vest's 700-fill down and light weight make it extra warm and wearable.

  • Brushed chinguard lining protects your tender skin
  • Hem cinch cord and self-fabric elastic cuffs block out drafts
  • Internal chest pocket securely holds your keys
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  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was looking for a vest like this for some time. I love it. I ordered size small, I am 5'6", 125 lbs and 33 inch chest, and it is perfect. Love the baroque purple color. I used it only once for camping and it is nicely warm.

Love it!

    The Carmel is a great fitting and surprisingly hardy vest. I've worn this vest hiking and casually constantly since I purchased it earlier this season and I have yet to see any kind of wear on it. The cinch cord on the hem is great allowing for a more precise fit. A must!

    GREAT Vest!

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I bought this vest mainly to use as layering when skiing, but I've ended up wearing it as part of outfits as well. It is incredibly warm and light. I am always the only freezing and shivering when I go out skiing with friends, but this vest does exactly what I needed it to. I usually wear a medium in shirts/jackets (5'6" 130 lbs), but the medium was huge on me. I returned it and got the small, which fit better but was not incredibly flattering because it was still a tiny bit too big so I ended up settling on the x-small. I like that the side pockets zip up so I can put my phone in there after taking off my ski jacket and not worry about losing it. I like the inside pocket as well, though I don't think it zips. I love the baroque purple color, but sometimes it almost looks brown. I love it though! Hopefully it holds up for a long time considering how expensive it was. Definitely 5 stars.

    Is this thing just buttons, or does it...

    Is this thing just buttons, or does it have a zipper too? Does anyone know of a down vest that just has buttons?