I'm returning this parka, but...

Reviewed by Beth Is Outside from Texas on Sunday, February 21, 2016
I loved it! If I lived in Alberta, anywhere else in Canada, or even a little northwest of Amarillo, I'd be all over this coat. However, it's just too much for Central Texas, and we don't have immediate plans for travel to an ultra cold climate. And, I'm not sure I would travel with this parka unless I had to--it's some pretty serious outerwear. But I loved it. So comfortable and a great fit (I'm a medium and the medium fit just right with room to move). It was very well constructed. I tried it on only once before I packed it up to ship back--I was afraid I'd keep it. :)

My trusty REI winter jacket of 15 years was already looking rough, and then the zipper failed, so I needed a replacement for this season. Not much in the stores right now--the shift is to spring and summer--but Sierra Trading Post came to the rescue. I ordered a few different coats with the intention of selecting one and returning the others. I appreciate that Sierra had several styles to choose from in my size and that they have an easy returns process.

One thing I would have considered if there was any chance at all that I'd keep this parka is that the hood does not detach, and it's a lot of hood with the faux fur and insulation. If you were in a blizzard, however, you'd want exactly that kind of hood. The Jack Wolfskin brand is new to me, and I ordered two styles, so I didn't know what to expect. Very impressed! Nice features and construction with both coats, and the other style was exactly what I was looking for--that one is the keeper. This parka, though, if I thought I was gonna be in any serious snow...just sayin'!
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