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Answer to my dreams?
Verified Buyer Reviewed by LW21 from Ohio on Wednesday, August 26, 2015
I love to backpack/camp in the icey cold, grey, snowy/damp Ohio winters. Last winter I wore wool undershirt, goose down puff coat and winter-rain coat, but was still cold around the fire to the point that I only wanted to get in my bag. So I've been looking for an ultralight, goose down, water repellent vest to keep my core warmer underneath my other layers. I've done a lot of research and although Arcteryx has a great goose down vest, the fit was terrible on me. I've been eyeing the MH vest for awhile, especially because it's only 50 fill less than the Arcteryx vest and I believe that it's lighter weight. Every ounce counts on the trail. The MH vest was way too expensive for me to swallow, so when it went on sale at STP, I jumped for joy. In general, I do not like bright colors at all and I do not like shiny material; however, given the quality of this vest and the price, I was willing to overlook the shiny look of the grey and the hot pink trim. It is August so I won't be camping in this for a few months, but I am confident that I made the right choice over anything else on the market, especially for the amazing price. For sizing, I'm 5'7" have a 36B chest, abnormally long torso and skinny arms and shoulders--the Small is absolutely perfect--long enough to cover my hips/waist and enough chest/shoulder room to pick up twigs/firewood off the ground without popping a seam (I practice picking things up off the ground in my bedroom when I get new camping clothes to simulate gathering firewood). Very thin, very lightweight, and started to warm me up quickly in my airconditioned apartment. Hopefully I'll be warm and toasty around the campfire this year :-)
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