My "go to " outerwear
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Troutbum from Lexington, KY on Friday, April 8, 2016
The Marmot Caldera is an absolute must have for the active outdoor enthusiast. I am an outdoor nut and a lover of coats. I have way too many jackets, according to my wife, but I am a firm believer in having the right gear for the right situation. I have owned a coat/jacket (yes, i know the difference) from just about all of the big name brands (Marmot, North Face, Mountain Hardware, MontBell, Columbia, Patagonia, etc) out there and have to stand by this one as among the best. I am an avid rock climber and fly fisherman, and this jacket fits the bill perfectly. I am 6' 180 lbs with long arms and an athletic build (read large shoulders, small waist) and ordered the large which fits like a glove. After reading several reviews I decided to take a stab and am thankful. The length of the jacket is a bit longer than most jackets in this category, making it super nice as a belay jacket. It covers my waist and half of my buttocks making it great at eliminating the draft that can steal your heat at a belay stance. If you don't want it to hang low, the waist line draw cords allow for easy adjustment. The hood really makes this coat in my opinion. The three point adjustment system allows for perfect fit with or without a helmet and keeps you from looking like a little kid wearing Dad's coat. One review mentioned that depending on the color you select that the jacket may be different than advertised. For clarity, I ordered the blue one. The only negative, and I know this is picky, is the draw cords have a lot of extra cord to begin with, making any adjustment result in a lot of extra cord. I highly recommend this jacket!
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