Reviewed by KimW6 from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada on Thursday, November 27, 2014
This is a light and versatile jacket that is up to the cold. I wore it out in -21C weather and it was up to the task.
The design of the hood requires adapting to its functionality as it hasn't a draw string or other obvious method of fitting it effectively to cover one's head. What it ihas instead is the coats fastening zipper extending to circumnavigate the leading edge of the hood so the more you close the zipper the more it draws the hood to the head and in so doing the coat covers more of one"s chin and face. This is particularly welcome if you are experiencing severe cold with an accompanying strong wind. Conditions of this nature recommend that you are well protected hence the welcome nature of the coats' design and functionality.
The coat has two zippered pockets for each orientation of its reversible nature but no chest pockets. The coats zipper if narrow gauged, probably to accommodate the hoods zipper fitting feature but this presents an irritable challenge when commencing closing the coat with it, ie matching the two sides of the zipper to commence closing. The fact that the zipper is black makes seeing fitting the male and female sides of the zipper to start closing.
The fact that the coat is down and light implies that it would be a welcome complement oo a coat that is a shell, ie it would serve as the lining to a shell.
The sizing of the coat is misleading if you follow typical North American sizing of large, medium etc. and the corresponding dimensions in inches. I ordered the 2XL as this was the only size available and in so doing was prepared to have the coat fit large on me. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it fit well, particularly with the arms as mine are long, 35". I was aware however that Descente jackets tend to fit on the smaller size so given the option I likely would have ordered XL when typically I am a L.
The colour of the jacket with contrasting highlights between the down pockets of the jacket give it an aesthetic boost that is nice.
The bottom line is I am delighted with the jacket and it is serving me well in a Saskatchewan winter where temperatures can reach -40c and be exacerbated by strong winds. We know one's wellbeing demands that one dress aproprietely for these conditions. The irritations observed don't detract unduly.