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Kelly C.

Kelly C.

Kelly C.wrote a review of on June 20, 2019

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Read a lot of good reviews before buying this and so had high hopes. I’ve purchased a fair amount of Patagonia gear and this is the first thing I’ve truly been disappointed with. My main complaint is it is not a warm jacket. I’m not expecting it to keep me toasty at or below freezing, but even in the mid- to upper 40’s it’s cold and even a bit drafty. It’s a fair amount of money to pay for what is essentially a windbreaker. Unfortunately I’m 7 days past when I could have returned it so I’m stuck. My advice is if you’re looking for a synthetic fill jacket, keep looking.

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Kelly C.

Kelly C.wrote a review of on March 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

As mentioned above, bought this for cross country skiing. Have had it out a couple times now and really like it. It is a jacket designed for high aerobic activity, so if you're looking for something to keep you warm on a casual hike this probably isn't the jacket for you. The side panels vent heat well. The windblocker feature also works well. I've used this jacket at and at slightly below freezing with just a light merino wool base layer while skiing and been perfectly comfortable. One of the reviews below mentioned that the sleeves are too long. Well that's by design. They're that way to keep your wrists covered when your arms arm bent running or holding ski poles. (Try it. Next time you're wearing a long-sleeve shirt hold your arms at your side and notice the sleeve come to the top of your wrist. Now bend your arms 90 degrees and notice the sleeve rides up an inch or two. That's why the sleeves are long on this jacket!) The arms move well and I've never felt the jacket constrictive. The zippered pockets are all good size. I love the zippered chest pocket for holding maps. I'm 6'2" and 220lbs and the XL fits great. I can layer a fleece underneath it if we stop. Usually though if I'm moving the jacket with a thin base layer is perfect. I think it's a good looking jacket too. By coincidence I also have Marmot's Scree softshell pants that I wear while skiing and the all-Marmot combo looks sharp. (Look good ski good, right? LOL!)
Bottom line: I would highly recommend this jacket for high aerobic activities like cross country skiing, running, or cycling.

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Kelly C.

Kelly C.wrote a review of on March 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This is exactly what I wanted. I had tried the Patagonia Down Sweater that I got on my REI 20%off member sale. For me and my metabolism I found it wasn't warm enough. (Didn't keep me warm at 50*. What good is that?) So I returned it. I saw that the Hi-Loft jacket was the next step up in warmth over the Down Sweater. If I'm needing warmth I need/want something more substantial than a sweater weight jacket. This jacket fits the bill perfectly for me. Just standing around it keeps me comfortable in the low 40's and with exertion easily into the 30's and upper 20's. I've shoveled snow with a wind chill into the mid-teens and been comfortable. Yes, it is a bit heavier than the Down Sweater and packs a bit bigger. But for me warmth trumps a few extra ounces. The front hand pockets are cavernous. I stash hats, gloves, and hands in there no problem. The whole thing (minus hats and gloves of course!) packs into the zippered internal chest pocket. It would make a decent pillow if you are camping. I would say the fit is just a bit large. I am 6' 2" and about 220lbs. The sleeve length is perfect and the jacket has a slight drop tail design that covers my butt like I want. There is also an elastic drawstring around the bottom hem of the jacket that works easily and well.

My only small complaint is I wish the hood were cut a little fuller to cover my cheeks better. There is a single elastic drawstring adjustment on the back of the hood that snugs the hood around the face, but even doing that it still doesn't cover my cheeks really well.

My main use for this jacket so far has been after skiing and general wear. I bought the Ash color. It's not quite as brown as the picture on the website. My wife says it has a bit of a gold tinge to it. I'll take her word for it, LOL! Still like it though.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for something warmer than the Down Sweater but still wants a relatively lightweight, packable down jacket.

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