First, I wear a size Large in US branded goods and an XL in 90 of my non-US purchases (Mountain Equipment, Montane, Haglofs, Mammut, Norrona, Millet and now Fjallraven). This being my second garment purchased from Fjallraven, it seems as if this trend will continue to my next one as well. This jacket is great in weight and the UN Blue is nice and different. I purchased this for non-technical wearing in cold weather, so won't be wearing into the back country nor into the mountains for when I go hiking. Mostly suburban and urban Winter wear. Sleeve length in XL is spot on for my 35 sleeve. And there is just enough room in the XL for me layer appropriately. From reading other peoples reviews, it seems that many, if not most all, don't really wear much in the way of layers anymore and prefer to wear their down jackets with only a tee shirt beneath. Not me.
First, lets start with the outer shell. Not sure what it is to be truthful, but the Pertex Quantum lining is downproof, meaning your down won't be poking through nor is it likely to be leaving any down plumes/feathers on your inner layers either. Second, the hand to the outer fabric is very nise: A soft feeling to it. Rugged? Perhaps not but given that I don't treat any of my 13 down jackets very ruggedly but instead try to take care of them as I'd like them to last the rest of my lifetime and get passed onto a charity for those who don't happen to be as fortunate as me to make these purchases, I keep them in good shape and don't tend to abuse them much nor likely to in my use case scenarios. The zippers on the pockets need to be pulled gently as just trying it on now lent the zipper to getting caught on the fabric of the lining to the pocket. So work to the wise. The interiors of the pockets are nicely lined with a fleece-like material. In the left handwarmer pocket, placed nice and low where comfortable handwarmer pockets should be located, there is a zippered security pocket as well. In the right pocket there is a little "security" pocket too. Lastly, inside of the left side there is a pocket at waist level with a simple folded top. I think I will keep the stuff secured in one of the zippered handwarmer pockets. Yes, it is helmet compatible too. I could comfortably turn my head from side to side while wearing the helmet with the hood zipped all the way up. Two simple hem adjusteres are located on each side of the waist and there is a simple one at the back of the hood. Last, the collar has a nice fleece lining to it when it is fully sipped up as well, making it comfortable. All in all, a good purchase. See you on the mean streets of San Francisco with this in the Winter.