Reviewed by KA from Santa Cruz, CA on Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Wow! Where to begin? I really love this jacket. Much more than I thought I would. The cut is very flattering. It has a nice fitted shape without being too tight in any area. The under arm area is especially nice in that it is cut close to the armpit which provides excellent range of motion for the arms. I am 5'4" or so and weigh about 165 and the large fits great. I have no problems with it fitting over my hips which is a tricky area for me to fit most of the time. The sleeves are a good length, a touch on the long side which I like as I can put my chilly hands inside if I wish, but the wristbands are tight enough to keep the sleeves over my hands otherwise. The pockets are super soft and warm and I find I can't stop sticking my hands in them. It is my first down jacket and I can't get over how comfortably warm it is. Not hot at all, more just "neutral" if that makes any sense. It is a bit poofier than the standard Patagonia brand jackets that you see all over town here, but at half the price on a coupon day, this one is a far better deal. I also like that I don't look like every other person walking down the streets of Santa Cruz. The color is also much richer than the light blue in the picture. It reminds me of a blue jay blue. I have had a few friends try it on and every one of them have melted right into it with a look of peace on their face. It really is great. Buy one. You can always return it if you don't like. But I doubt you will. Oh.. and when you do get one, be sure and air fluff it in the dryer for about 15 minutes before you wear it to fluff the down.