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Aileen S.

Aileen S.

Aileen S.

Aileen S.wrote a review of on December 29, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Gifted to my best friend, and he loves it. CG and Fjallraven down jackets are ubiquitous in NYC these days, and Saks has huge floor space dedicated to CG, esp women’s. Been in the teens (low single digits w wind chill) this past week in NYC, and this coat kept him warm with only a long sleeve t-shirt as a base. He found that wearing a short sleeve t-shirt made his arms sweat due to direct contact with the poly lining.

He wears size 36 pants and 43-44 (short) sport coats, and the large was a perfect fit, but with little room for a sweater or fleece base...both of which would be overkill in this area. If you must wear a suit or sweater to work, you should consider sizing up, but be prepared to be REALLY warm when wearing these layers under the coat, especially while in subways, busses and trains, and even at home before you leave the house. You’d want to don this only minutes prior to being exposed to the elements, because, as with most CG down jackets, Langford is not indoor friendly unless you have no heat.

Langford can be flatteringly slimmer (esp darker colors) at the waist (adjustable cinch provided), yet it is still bulky and would be difficult to remove while riding on crowded public transportation vehicles. If you like to or need to layer, I’d suggest purchasing a different jacket with less fill power down.

He agrees with others that the zipper is a pita, but in the end he feels it’s only a speed bump. The mechanism is “left-handed”, in that the two zipper terminals (required for unzipping from the bottom upwards to expose fly, reach into pants pockets, etc) are on the left but need to be firmly held together to form a straight channel in order to enable full insertion of the opposing end. For lefties this process is a bit easier. However, when he’s in a rush (pretty often) he has used the Velcro front flap as a quick alternative to zipping without much loss in warmth, even with the weather is in the teens (but not too windy).

For safety, he removes the fur prior to driving, as it blocks his side mirror vision and also reduces visibility of both rear quarter blind spots. Removing the hood is at most a 15 second task so it’s worth the effort.

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