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MJwrote a question about on February 23, 2016

Am I gathering correctly from the photo that the lining is only on the bottom in the front? What is the rest of the jacket like? Is it a bare coating? I've had the interior coating on a TNF shell flake off and have been wary of unlined rain jackets ever since.

In case I do decide to go for it, a sizing question - 5'0", 118 lbs, larger bust - which size would work best?

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MJwrote a review of on November 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 0"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Despite our unseasonably warm fall in New York, I have had a few occasions to wear my Marmot Montreal coat and wanted to share my thoughts. I am 5'0", 120 lbs, 32DDD chest with broad shoulders and bigger frame for a short person, and I got the medium, which fits perfectly. I have room to layer underneath, but it is not oversized with just a shirt or light sweater. The coat has a nice shape, even with layers underneath, and does not make you look like a sack of potatoes. While it does not have a way to cinch in the waist, which concerned me a little before I tried it on, it does not need one.

On me, the coat is just about knee length. When the sleeves are pulled all the way down the fleece cuff comes to the end of my wrist, and the down part comes a bit over my hands. It hasn't been glove weather yet, but I expect no gap between the coat and the gloves.

Marmot did a really nice job with finishing this coat - no loose threads, no leaking down, zippers work nicely, and full of nice details. I love the furry fleece lining. My last coat (a Mountain Hardwear Downtown Coat from about 5 years ago) had that too, and it was one of the reasons I bought this coat. The handwarmer pocket linings are exceptionally soft, and I appreciate having two breast pockets (one that zips and one that doesn't). The faux fur is not really my style, but I've left it on because, as others have noted, although the hood is very deep with the fur on, it is a bit shallow with it off. I may still take it off, we'll see how it feels when we get into hood weather.

The coldest it has been around here is 35F, closer to 25 with wind chill, and I was warm. Of course, most down coats will keep you warm to 35, but I expect I will be warm in this coat at colder temperatures as well. I was impressed with the wind resistance. As I found with my old coat, a longer coat will keep your torso warmer than your legs, but it's still better than a short jacket.

I got the Midnight Navy, and I really like it. My last two coats were black, and the blue is a nice change. It's a purpler navy blue, and looks great with jeans, but is also a neutral enough color that it looks fine with the rest of my pants, black included

So I haven't been able to test the Marmot Montreal coat in really cold weather yet, and while I expect it will keep me toasty, I'll update this review if not. Otherwise, I am very pleased with this coat. I did a lot of research before I bought it, and I really believe this is the best of the medium length down coats available this year.

Update: I continue to be enormously impressed with this coat. It's 12°F this morning with a wind chill of 0°, and I was quite warm! I tend to feel cold easily, so I was wearing a thermal top, long sleeved t-shirt, and lightweight fleece sweatshirt, but I probably could have gone with one layer fewer. That notwithstanding, the fit was fine with three layers.

I've tried the coat with and without the faux fur: I like the look of it better without, and it's OK warmth-wise, especially with a hat, but it is much warmer with the fur. I have it back on currently.

I am so glad I decided on this coat, especially now that I actually need it!

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MJwrote a review of on December 19, 2011

5 5

I bought this jacket for my 13 year old son, who would rather wear no coat than a bulky coat, and he loves it. It is very warm but not at all puffy or stiff. It folds into its chest pocket with fairly little effort, and can easily fit into his backpack when he's not wearing it. He's about 5'6" and 165lbs, a broad-shouldered kid, and the large fits well with room for layers. His only complaint is that the zipper can be a bit finicky, but it usually zips after a couple of tries. Otherwise, this is a great jacket, and we are both very happy with it.

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MJwrote a review of on February 25, 2011

5 5

My dog took me for a walk on our Atlantic Ocean beach in gale force winds this afternoon, so I got to try out my Mountain Hardwear Downtown Down Coat. I stayed perfectly warm except for my hands, which were gloveless and got quite cold. Had I not been holding the dog leash, I would have used the lovely fleece-lined pockets, which fit my wallet and phone comfortably.

I am 5' tall and about 125 these days, with a big frame and DD bust. I got a medium and it fits perfectly with some room for layering. It has a warm, adjustable hood which stays up, though I haven't decided on whether I will use the fur stuff or not - fortunately it zips off so I have a choice. The ends of the hood Velcro into the collar of the coat, so it acts like an attached hood but is still removable. The hem is just above my knees, and the sleeves are a good length, with soft, knit cuffs to keep out the wind. The only thing I don't love about the Downtown Coat is that it emphasizes my broad shoulders a bit more than I would like, but it's so comfortable and looks good enough otherwise that I can live with it.

There are lots of clever features like the furry lined top, the waist drawcord, the chin liner, the 2-way zipper that actually works properly, and the fairly slimming side panels. There is an interesting pleated detail on the shoulders that is not visible in any picture I've seen, but looks nice. Also, this coat feels incredibly light on at only 2lb 3oz. I don't think you can find another coat that is this warm and looks this good, and that is why I am very happy I bought the Mountain Hardwear Downtown Down Coat.

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MJwrote a review of on September 9, 2010

4 5

I ordered the Stella Grace in S, which is my usual size in TNF. I am 5' tall with a bigger frame, around 120lbs, and need room in the bust (34DD) and shoulders. It arrived today, and I probably could have taken a M. The S fits OK, and I can wear a light fleece or sweater under it, but it is in no way roomy. It is very fitted. I was concerned about the length, which turned out to be fine, hitting an inch or two above the knee.

I got the black and I really like the herringbone fabric; it is more like an everyday jacket than a raincoat. The chest pockets are kind of shirred, which is hard to see in the photos. I think it gives the jacket a more feminine look and is a nice touch. I find the jacket very flattering, even in the back, and my husband agrees (said so without being asked). The sleeves are a little long, but I can live with them. Altogether, I think this is a jacket I will be happy with.

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MJwrote a review of on August 26, 2010

2 5

I've had my Venture Parka about 3 years and the lining is falling apart and peeling off, especially in the neck and the hood. I have not worn it particularly hard at all. It fits fine, it did OK in the rain up until now, but it's now essentially useless on a wet day. If I'm going to spend a hundred dollars on a rain coat, it had better last me more than three years. My next rain jacket will absolutely have a fabric lining.

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