Surprisingly good and some bad

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Fat Tire Jackson from Wisconsin on Monday, December 12, 2016
I'm a big fan of off brands that beat the big guys at their game. This was almost that.

As others stated, it is remarkably warm for how thin and inexpensive it is. It looks nice too. It also runs large. I'm usually torn between a Medium and a Large: at 5' 10" 175lbs, 41" chest, not fat, not super fit, regular Dad build, I'm just in between. But on this coat I ordered a Medium and kind of wish I had a Small. It's close enough though.

My biggest beef is in the outer material. It's cheap nylon, not ripstop, and it is shiny (which is fine). But it catches and tears easily. After wearing for only 3 days I rubbed my shoulder on a doorknob and immediately had a 1" tear. And although I've found a matching color Duct Tape to patch it, I don't think this is right. I've had my previous REI puffer for 6-7 years and although it leaks a little down and looks like a dog bed, it's still holding up just fine.

It isn't returnable per STP's policy, but at the current closeout price I'm tempted to buy a replacement--wear the torn one most of the time and pamper the new one like a baby. But I'm suspicious what the new jacket would do if I ever brushed against a tree branch while skiing or cycling.

YMMV. Make your own decision.
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