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Kelly J.

Kelly J.

Kelly J.wrote a review of on November 14, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Yes, it's a great jacket, but the old version with stretchy side panels was superior. The cut was more versatile, and with the stretch panels, it was easy to layer up underneath (but then fitting better without layers underneath). The new version has stiff side panels and a smaller cut. It's shorter and tighter across the bust/shoulders. Can't layer underneath unless you size up. I'm majorly bummed with this redesign because the old version was truly GOAT. Sad I lost my old one (which was showing no wear despite being worn all winter for 4 years).

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Kelly J.

Kelly J.wrote a review of on May 15, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

I was looking for lightweight hiking boots -- something for long days with decent mileage, but lighter that my heavy leather backpacking boots. These seemed to fit the bill, and the cute colors pushed me over the edge. In many ways, they are exactly what I wanted: they're lightweight with stiff-enough and grippy-enough soles. My first few hikes out were mostly comfortable. (I did size up half a size, as I always do in trail and running shoes.) Two drawbacks that are worth noting:
1. these rubbed a bit on my ankles, but my ankles are pretty bony and prominent. Might not be a problem for everyone.
2. Like others mentioned these get HOT. Some reviews mentioned their breathability, but my experience is the opposite: in a mile, my feet were noticeably hot and sweating, and it was only about 75 degrees that day.

I have a feeling these will be better for cool/cold days on the trail. For summer hiking/in hotter climates, you might want to look for boots with better ventilation.

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Kelly J.

Kelly J.wrote a review of on February 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I got this jacket in the fall after my last lighter winter coat was stolen. I had been looking at a Patagonia down sweater jacket, but the salesperson at the store urged me to check out the Atom. When I first got it, I noticed that wind penetrates the side panels pretty easily, and I was worried that I had dropped almost $300 on a glorified hoodie. Well, I've worn this coat almost every day through this Chicago winter. It's not enough for the most bitter days, but with a little layering, the Atom LT is all I need. I'm so pleased and surprised with how versatile it is -- I'm considering getting an AR too, just to have the slightly warmer option.

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Kelly J.

Kelly J.wrote a review of on December 13, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I commute to work via bus (in the early morning) and a 3-mile walk home (in the late afternoon/early evening). When Chicago winter is at its most brutal, only a heavy down parka will work, but when the temperature is above single digits, I easily get overheated on the walk home and so I wanted to find a lighter down coat for this purpose.

So, this jacket. It's a lovely color and clever fit -- I really like the longer back/butt cover. Some people aren't fond of the hood, but I think it's nice. My only issue is that it's noticeably small in the hips. I'm a true Large -- I've been this size and weight for the last 20 years, and I always, always buy large -- but I was surprised when I had to kind of tug at the coat to zip it up at the bottom. I'm not especially 'hippy' so this was unexpected. For comparison, I found that the Patagonia down sweater jacket in medium fit similarly across the hips. (Other reviews about fitting snugly across the chest or in the armpits didn't hold true for me.)

I bought it on sale, so I'm hesitant to return for an XL (and spend an additional 100 bucks). My Arc'teryx Atom LT (also a large) fits well enough underneath, so I'm not super worried about layering. Still, be forewarned: this runs a little snug, so if you're unsure, size up. If you're in-between sizes, you'll *definitely* want to size up.

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