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CB in Maine

CB in Maine

CB in Mainewrote a review of on June 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jacket is amazing. It is incredibly versatile- lots of room for layers but doesn't look baggy without them.

The performance is obviously amazing. In conjunction with the right layering systems this jacket could work anywhere from -25 to 75 degrees. You really can't beat versatility like that, which is what makes this a product worth spending extra for. I could tell you how wonderfully waterproof, windproof, and breathable this jacket is, but I'm assuming you already know that.

Originally I purchased it as an upgrade to my nylon Patagonia rain jacket for cold winter skiing (3L is, apparently, pretty much a necessity below freezing), but was pleased to learn that it is great for literally everything.

While I seriously love Patagonia, including the rain jacket mentioned above, I find that the cut of this jacket is just so much more flattering. To me, this aspect of the jacket is what justifies the price tag. In truth, I hadn't realized how ill-fitting my other jackets actually are until I had this. It just hangs right and feels comfortable no matter what, without any awkward bunching. To me, it's the perfect balance between boxy (read: room for layers) and fitted (read: flattering). It is so perfect, in fact, that it feels like the natural solution to the question of fit, as opposed to a compromise between two options. And, while vanity isn't a concern when buying gear, looking good is definitely a great bonus! And, truthfully, well-fitting gear makes all the difference in terms of performance and utility as well. More importantly to me, the fit of the jacket signifies the thought and care put into the design, which is evident in all aspects of the jacket.

This may be one of the more expensive articles of clothing I ever own, but I will want to wear it forever, so the math actually works out. (HINT: Watch for sales on this jacket. I got mine half off. People flexible about color should have no trouble getting a good deal if they are patient.)

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CB in Maine

CB in Mainewrote a review of on November 13, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My grandfather had an older version when I was growing up, so when it came time to pick my own mittens you better believe I got these ones. I've had them for more than 5 years and they still look and perform like new. I think that mine are made with down, but I'm going to double check, because this says they are primaloft one (which is maybe different than regular primaloft?). As I said, mine are older, so it's possible they've changed it. It's an important distinction though, because I had initially tried a similar pair that had a lower profile and synthetic insulation that just did not cut it, and I had always assumed this pair is better because they were down not synthetic. Either way though, they are absolutely the best mittens I have ever owned (and I used to lose stuff all the time so I've been through many pairs). I mostly use them skiing in the Northeast, and they couldn't be better for those bitter days in December, January, and February that I'm looking forward to right now! Sometimes they're almost too warm (can't usually wear them in March), but that means that I can take them off on the lift without being worried that my hands won't be able to warm back up... even in January! If you hate having cold hands and find yourself desperately breathing hot air into the fingertips of your gloves on cold days, these are perfect. They're great for cleaning off your car too!

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