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Susanne H.

Susanne H.

Susanne H.

Susanne H.wrote a review of on November 4, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

I have 3 of these vests from past seasons, the last of which is about a year or 2 old, so I thought I'd get a new one. I loved the Mandarin color, and the vest arrived looking like the color on the web site, but beyond that, I could not be more disappointed. They've made substantial changes to the design, yet retained the same name, not even bothering to label it Kitzbuhel II. If you have not owned a previous one, you might like this OK, but, if, like me, you wanted a new one like the old one, know that: They lengthened the vest, made it snugger in the bust, lightened the insulation so that it feels really flat, removed the armhole skirts (elastic panels that kept the vest snug to your body and kept out cold air), and worst of all, changed the zipper. The zipper used to be bi-directional--you could zip it up from the bottom or down from the top, or both, providing great flexibility depending on your activity or how tight you want it fitting at your waist. Now it's a zip-down only. Because I'm short (5'2"), I particularly like being able to have it zipped up a little from the bottom, and now that the vest is even longer and has the different zipper, it just does not function the same. That's a shame, because they ruined a good vest for me.