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Ava Farouche

Ava Farouche

Ava Farouche

Ava Farouchewrote a review of on February 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I'm 5'5", size 2 jeans, ~ 125-130 lbs, generally wear a small in tops. This small fits perfectly. It's close, but not tight at all, which is perfect for a base or mid-layer that's supposed to keep you warm. It does seem to wick sweat well and dry quickly. I've worn it on high-elevation winter treks, and it's a great baselayer. I wear it on my way to the gym in Denver winters, and it's great to keep warm before and after. I wear it to my office job (we're a nonprofit environmental, so we can get away with being outdoorsy, if we do it right), and it looks great with nice cords, boots and a scarf. I got the purple eggplant color and I love it.

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Ava Farouche

Ava Farouchewrote a review of on February 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: small

Very happy with this. For size reference: I'm 5'5", ~125-130 lbs. I am size 2 in jeans, generally a small in tops. I got this in a small. I would love the body/ waist to be more fitted, more for warmth than for style, but it's ok. I have a more athletic build, so small waist and hips. There's a lot of empty space in there, which counteracts its warming properties in certain conditions, since it's very light weight and relies on the reflective layer for warmth. I love thumb holes in general. These are actually a tiny bit short. When I don't have them on, the sleeves feel perfect length, and the outer sleeve length is fine. It's like the cuff or thumb cuff part was sewn in just a tiny bit short, so it pulls when I extend my arms out in front of me. But, it's ok. I still use the thumb holes much of the time. I love love love the deep rust color. The fabric has a subtle check or plaid sort of texture to it that makes it extra nice. For warmth: I think if you're moving around at all, even walking, this will keep you pretty to very comfortable in lots of conditions. I wore it around Denver for a day of errands, so I was walking and going in and out of buildings, when it was about 15 degrees, and I stayed surprisingly toasty, with just a medium-weight base layer top underneath. I was more toasty when I got in my very cold car than I am in other, heavier coats. It's fantastic in the 30-50 degree range, especially, and supremely comfortable with one, nice base layer. It's insta-toasty after a long, cold winter trail run, when I can feel chilled to the bone for an hour or two. This jacket is too long to run in, but I imagine an omni-heat jacket or vest for cold weather active wear would be marvelous. I did wear it just standing outside one evening in about 30-35 degrees, and I got very cold, in maybe 30 minutes (wearing 2 pairs of pants and socks and only a sweater on top). But, I get cold easily. Denver temps can easily range from about 20-60 degrees in a day, and I commute by public transport, so I got it for those ranges. I think it's actually more effective against cold when I don't have too many layers or much bulk underneath, again, since it's the reflection that makes it warm. It will keep me pretty warm in the morning when it's 20, but is also light to carry or wear when it's 60, and it folds up small. I do wish it were more fitted when it's 20. Also, the hood design looks nice and sleek, but it's a large hood (which I like) and doesn't have any way to cinch it down, so it's not good in wind. It blows off easily. That was a design mistake, IMO, but you do feel the heat right away when you put the hood on. The neck comes up high when zipped, which is good. If I wear a scarf and a hat underneath, that helps it stay in place, or putting a scarf around your neck on the outside would help. I love this omni-heat technology and just ordered a vest with it.

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Ava Farouche

Ava Farouchewrote a review of on February 5, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: small

If the item description had included the word "velcro" anywhere, I would never have purchased this coat. The placket has velcro closures, not snaps. I hate the stuff. It always snags scarves and other clothing, and on this jacket, you can't unzip it without stopping at every velcro junction along the front, detaching the velcro, and moving on to the next, and detaching it too before moving on. It adheres to itself too quickly and easily to stay detached if the zipper is closed. I was disappointed in some other things as well. I bought this coat after purchasing the Mighty Lite jacket, which I am very happy with - for days with a temperature spread of around 20-65 degrees. I thought this would be much warmer, with the down fill, and the omni-heat shield, and I thought I would like a couple other features. I wore it for a around my house (zipped up), and for a little walk on a sunny, 30ish degree day in Denver, and it didn't feel much warmer than the Mighty Lite, which has no insulation. I have had 500 and 550-fill down coats, and this feels thinner than those, though it's supposed to be 600. I don't trust that it would be as warm as I need. It already had small bits of down all over the outside of it from the moment I put it on, presumably from leaking through the fabric, which is nice and silky to the touch, but doesn't feel durable. One of the selling points for me was the adjustable waist. I like things to fit close, for warmth in the winter, and somewhat for style. I thought the drawcord would allow a close fit, whether I had bulky layers on underneath or not. But the drawcord is a very thin cord of elastic, and the stops are odd. They're not the kind of toggle stops I am used to in outdoor gear, and they seem fragile and I have a hard time imagining that they would continue to work with much use, if really at all. The cord seems to slide through easily and the cinch looked a little uneven from side to side. And somehow, even with the waist cinched in, the coat still looks boxy. For size reference, I am 5'5" and a size 2 in jeans, somewhere between 125-130 lbs. I'm more muscular than curvy. The small fits, but does look boxy and could be a little more fitted in the body, just for proper fit, even when accommodating a couple layers. The sleeves are just long enough. The collar, when zipped, is very snug. I think it might prove a little problematic. The hood is a nice size. I could put it over a plush knit cap with a ball on top. I'm not sure the quality matches the price on this one, and it's not what I was hoping for, so I am sadly returning it.

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