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rao R.

rao R.wrote a review of on December 9, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 139 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I'm 5'6", lean built & weigh 139 lb. Small Size was just fine.
But the shoulders look a little too puffy & I'm a sort of embarrassed to wear it to work (it looks like I'm going for skiing !).
It has been a couple of weeks, but feathers / downs have started coming out at a few places. I had bought a Down jacket from Old Navy for $20 on a deal which I dumped because of this downs coming out issue. When I spoke to a Backcountry Gearhead, he mentioned that this is not uncommon in Down Jackets & I shouldn't be too worried, so I'll give a benefit of doubt to North face here.
I live in Southern California where the low temperatures are between 50 - 60 degrees these days, but I don't feel sufficiently warm after wearing this jacket.
I don't know how down jackets from other branded manufacturers (Marmot, Columbia etc..) are, but I expect better warmth if I pay $120 for a Jacket.
I own nearly a dozen products (from hats to Convertible pants) from North face, but honestly I've been asking myself quite a few times -- " Are we paying premium just for the brand name ?"

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rao R.

rao R.wrote a review of on July 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 139 lbs
Size Purchased: 32" Small inseam

These are just my early impressions.
I had ordered 2 pairs.. To my pleasant surprise, they were a perfect fit.. These are really light weight & look cool.. But unlike what the "Tech Specs" mention, they have only one (not two) zippered front pocket. So, they have 2 front/side pockets without zip, one front pocket with zip & 2 rear pockets with velcro. They look like casual pants, so they are good for regular casual use also - not just for Hiking/climbing.

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