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Chris R

Chris R

Dayton, Ohio

Chris R's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Yoga
Biking
Running

Chris R's Bio

Yoga teacher, wellness coach, musician

Chris R

Chris Rwrote a review of on January 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 6

I love these pants. The outer material is tough, durable, and water resistant, yet at the same time soft, comfortable, and amazingly stretchy. The inner lining is soft, cozy, and warm. They are breathable and you don't overheat when worn indoors, and when outdoors, they really keep you amazingly comfortable. The fit is very figure flattering, even with the lining layer. Not bulky or weird at all. Every bit as flattering and comfortable as the unlined version (which I also love). The only thing negative I have to say, is that I wish they came in short length. The short length is perfect on me in the unlined version. These drag the floor a little on me since the lined version isn't offered in short. Not a huge issue with winter pants though since I'll most likely be wearing boots with these most often. They can be a little tricky to put on. The foot has quite a journey to find its way through the lining and out the bottom of the pant leg. Totally worth the temporary frustration.

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Chris R

Chris Rwrote a review of on January 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: 6 Short

These are the best pants ever! When I am not wearing yoga pants or a dress/skirt, I'll be wearing these. Great for just about everything: hiking, camping, dog walking, travel, casual wear, etc. They are even comfortable/stretchy enough for yoga along the hiking trail. The material is tough and repels water, but amazingly comfortable and classy looking at the same time. Totally resists wrinkles. Definitely figure flattering. I want every color! Only weird thing is the length. I usually don't have to buy short length pants, but the short length in these is the perfect length for me. Oh, and I agree the buttons are problematic. I have one that is already starting to come loose.

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Chris R

Chris Rwrote a review of on January 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Have not tested in winter conditions just yet, Ohio is back to a 50 degree spell again, but I will update once winter returns. Initial impressions have me hopeful. I immediately got overheated when I tried this on and zipped it up indoors. Serious heat. The lining inside the torso and neck is the most amazing soft , luxurious, and comfortable fabric ever. When you zip up the neck area it is very comfortable and warm. The outer fabric of the coat is not overly shiny or plastic looking or feeling; it has a nice soft, smooth, and solid feel to it. The coat has a classy look to it. The angled baffles help create a more streamlined appearance so you don't end up looking like the Michelin man. I love the fleece cuffs at the wrists, nice touch. The hood fits nicely, is adjustable, and removeable, as is the faux fur detailing. The hand pockets feel warm and comfortable. There are also two nice internal pockets, one zips and the other is an open, drop in style. As for the sizing, I wish there was a "fits a bit awkward" option, lol. I normally wear a small in most shirts (I'm a size 6) and a medium in coats so that I can have room to layer. In places the coat seems too big, but in others too small. There is a lot of extra room throughout the mid torso, maybe even more than one might expect that there should be in a medium on my size 6 frame, except in weird places it seems too small, such as through the chest/arm area. For example, under the arm pits when I move my arms around it appears to pull taught at one spot where the inner under side of the arm meets the chest (wearing a t-shirt underneath). I'm only a 34 B, so it isn't like my chest is causing undo tightness here. And when I reach inside, there seems to be space in the actual arms, chest, and armpit area for layering, so the tightness isn't happening exactly there either. Maybe just the design of the articulation of the arm is the issue? Not sure, but something is weird about the interaction between the chest/arms. If Marmot didn't have such a great warranty, I might consider returning, fearing the construction of this area might not hold up well over time, but their customer service rocks, so I'll take the gamble. It also almost feels a bit tighter than expected through the hip and leg area, but I'm hopeful this will keep wind out and not limit walking unneccessarily. The arms are short in length as well. I have short arms. Most coat arms drown my hands- not this one. The arms on this coat are almost too short, even for me! As for the overall length, I'm 5' 6" and it hits me just ever so shy of the top of my knees. I've read reviews of zipper issues, but I found the zipper very easy to use so far. I'll update again once I've actually used this in winter weather. I'm giving it an initial 5 stars, although 4.5 is probably more accurate, because despite the weird sizing and arm articulation issues, it still feels comfortable and incredibly warm, and the materials and construction overall are top notch.

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Chris Rwrote a review of on December 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Wow, this thing is super lightweight! So light and thin that I fear it won't be warm enough, but I'm reserving judgement on that until I've tested it. This winter in Ohio has been spring so far, with high temps in the 50s and 60s, so I can't really test this yet. I will say that on the 40 and 50 degree mornings, I've thrown this on and I did not overheat. It is very breathable and comfortable. It seems to stand up well against wind. If this thing truly takes me down through the winter temps as well, it will be the most versatile jacket I've ever owned. Fingers crossed and I will update once I've put it through more testing. The fit is absolutely amazing. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to layer under it because it seems so form fitting, and yet, somehow there is still space in here to layer. I should mention that I'm a 34 B, so your mileage may vary. The movement in the arms at the shoulder and elbow are like no jacket I've ever owned. Seriously, the arms/shoulders/elbows are brilliantly constructed for amazing ease of movement without the jacket riding up or limiting motion. I could do yoga in this jacket. Wow. Just wow. The collar is perfectly designed and very soft and comfortable when zipped up. There is even a little extra webbing along the top of the back in between the inner body of the coat and the hood, which provides coverage at the back of the neck when the hood is not on your head. Nice touch! No scarf needed. The hood fits brilliantly, gives great coverage, yet doesn't limit vision. I love that the hood is adjustable, great for those days when I wear my hair up in a bun or wear a bike helmet. The hood is designed to accommodate a helmet and has lots of volume. I do have a large, long head and a lot of hair, but with the adjustable design and brow construction, even those will smaller heads and less hair will likely still get a useable fit even when not wearing a helmet. This jacket works great as a mid layer too. Perfect stream lined fit under rain coats/outer shells. The design on the cuffs is the most comfortable I've had. Seamless coverage on the wrist with no constriction and no annoying buttons, velcro, or snaps etc. Slides under an outer layer like butter. Stays put when I move my arm around. The sleeves are very long, very long indeed, but the extra coverage is kinda nice and adds to the ease of movement. The fit overall is flattering and trim; doesn't make you look like a marshmallow. Rugged and ready for camp and trail, yet just stylish enough to get by for downtown walks. I have the black color. Mine arrived looking like it had been stuck in a backpack- lots of wrinkles, but its other charms have me overlooking the wrinkles. I should mention that the material makes a fairly noticeable crinkly sound, (if that kinda thing bothers you), another easily overlooked trait given the superior comfort and design. The only small quibbles I really have is that the coat seems a bit short in the front. Maybe I just have a long torso, but this does not really reach hip length on me. It feels just about an inch or two too short of where I'd comfortably expect it to be for good torso coverage. Also the hand pockets are just a bit shallow, could use a smidge more depth. But these are minor complaints on such a brilliant work of art. Certainly still deserving of this initial 5 star rating. I will update once it's handled some actual winter weather.

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Chris R

Chris Rwrote a review of on December 12, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I really wanted to fall in love with this coat. It held so much promise with its waterproof outer and down inner, it sounded perfect for the mixed-bag winters we get here in Ohio, but in the end, we had to go our separate ways. I'm still giving it 4 stars (although 3.5 is really about right), because overall it seems like a good, functional coat. We just were not going to be soul mates. Maybe you'll find true love here... But I did not. What I did like about the coat was the high quality of materials and workmanship. True to Marmot, this coat is very well made. Loved the feminine styling and flattering fit. The material overall though was somewhat stiff and uncomfortable, limiting my movement slightly and it made a weird sound when I moved like I was wrapped in thick plastic. It was like a very thick raincoat sound. I could have lived with the sound, but its other annoying personality traits quickly put an end to our relationship. The collar when zipped all the way up was extremely stiff and uncomfortable and definitely limited head movement. Maybe some fleece lining here would have helped, but all you have is rough fabric and zipper. Maybe it was just the way it fit on my neck/head, but it was so unpleasant that I knew I would never zip it up all the way, which really defeats the purpose. The warmth in the arms seemed like it might be lacking a bit. The core section seemed fine, but even on milder 30 degree days, I could feel the cold through the arm just a little. I think the fill in the arms could use a little more down. Also there was nothing to prevent wind from whipping up underneath the bottom of the coat. With its wide, flared bottom, that was definitely an issue for me because Ohio winters are windy. The outer material wrinkled very easily as well. Sit down in it once and it looks like you've left it crumpled on the floor for a week. I was hoping this would be a great technical coat for hikes and whatnot with the dogs, but also work well for walking in the city and look nice for going out. The wrinkles ruined its flattering style and class unfortunately. I had the red color; maybe the wrinkles would be less prominent on other shades. I found the pockets for the hands lacking. They go in front of the down, so all that is between your hands and the elements are the waterproof layer and some very thin fleece. I'm the type that sometimes doesn't bother with gloves and likes to be able to stick my hands in the pockets to keep warm. I had to use gloves with this coat because of the pocket design. The fit overall seemed to run a bit small, this wasn't a problem for me and I liked how the medium fit on me, but I'm mentioning just for informational purposes here. I'm a pear shape with a smaller bust and full hips. I usually wear small tops and medium bottoms- usually a size 6 in tops, 6 or 8 in bottoms (thin waist, bigger in the bootie/hips). I ordered the medium so that I'd have room to layer. The fit was fine with thinner shirts and sweaters on underneath, but I'm not sure a big, bulky sweater or fleece would have fit in the upper chest/arm areas. A size small would definitely have not worked for me. Also, I have short arms- the length of the sleeves was almost too short for me, and that is saying something. Usually the sleeves of a coat hit me about the lower third of the palm. This one hit just ever-so-slightly shy of the wrist. That is something to consider if you have long arms. One final thing, another internal pocket for scarves etc would have been a nice touch. There is only one small internal pocket. Overall, I would recommend this coat if you really need the waterproof feature. It felt like a really beefed up raincoat made for colder rainy days, but maybe not for the coldest days. If that is what you are looking for, maybe none of what I found annoying will bother you. For the price, I just expected more. I've decided to look into coats designed for skiing and outdoor activities so I get more freedom of movement and hoping I can still find something with a flattering fit/style for my city life as well.

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