Kinda "We'll see"

Reviewed by Dog mom Lu from Richmond, VA. on Sunday, February 26, 2017
I know and love Marmot. I'm now on a strict clothes budget, (essentials, and prove it!) and I was so excited to finally make my purchase of this jacket. After lots of comparing and assessing my needs, I primarily wanted something really warm for 25 degree mornings doing the mandated dog walk. I decided on the Julia, at 800 fill and waist length, it seemed to be a perfect throw-on, not requiring an extra 10 minutes putting on layers and layers but a good under layer with a Gore-tex for winter storms that don't impact the morning run just my traction.
I was surprised by two aspects of the jacket; first the length. I had worried that the jacket might be too short given the pictures/video on STP but actually the Julia hits at top thigh and the back fully covers my tush. Which might be nice, but the jacket is a slim cut and the hem hitting on the thigh is constricting when I'm trotting along with the dogs.
The second surprise is the density of the 800 fill; I really expected there to be more actual stuffing! The hexagon design is cool but I'm disappointed in the amount of down in the channels and not too sure of the actual "cold rating" for this jacket.
I'll be stitching some fleece around the collar because the hood pulls the jacket away from my neck, otherwise on a 50 degree morning it was pretty comfortable.The slim cut of the large allows my 5'5, 140 lb frame a medium sweater with good range of motion and I do like many of the features though the finishing, loose threads, etc was less than I expected from Marmot. In summary, sized for fashion models, designed as a layer not a stand alone parka.
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