- January 2 2012
Needed a nice coat for VT winters
I live on Lake Champlain, and the wind whips off the lake in the winter. I needed a long coat that would protect me, and also look good for work. I searched a bunch of coats on this site, and this one won. It is warm and toasty, looks snappy and is waterproof. Fits a little snug around the shoulders (I ordered one size up - thankfully). So, in the end, I made a nifty purchase!
- November 22 2011
I finally found a coat with all the features I wanted - #1 being a warm quilted down on the inside and a CHIC SMOOTH OUTSIDE - no Michelin Man look. I tried on a lot of coats here in NYC before deciding on the Marmot Chelsea on-line at altrec. I'm 5'5" and 135 lb and the large is perfect across my shoulders, even with a sweater on. I've worn this coat every chance I've had. It's warm, waterproof and most importantly, comfortable. The hood fits well (I removed the faux fur right away. I doubt I'll ever use it.) The coat does not flare much from the waist and that keeps wind from blowing up. The angle of the zippered hand pockets is a bit awkward but okay now that I've gotten used to using them. I haven't worn this coat enough yet to comment on its durability but all the seams and stitches are smooth and overall workmanship simply excellent. I'm thrilled with this coat!
- February 8 2011
This coat is everything they said it was and more. I TRULY LOVE this coat! If you purchase this coat you will will love it also. I may purchade it in another color.
- February 2 2011
I love this coat!
The Chelsea by Marmot is warm and fits me perfectly. I usually wear a size small and this is a great fit. I like the length which hits just above my knee. Also, I appreciate the fact that Marmot replaced all the velcro with heavy duty snaps. The velcro usually found on down jackets/coats was damaging all my Isotoner gloves. I have worn it every day since I received it. This was my first order from Altrec and the service was superb. I will definitely be ordering from Altrec again!
- January 18 2011
I love this coat! It is warm and windproof, supposed to be waterproof although I haven't tested it in pouring rain, it's fine in snow. I am chronically freezing, especially in Canadian winters, but this coat is toasty warm, even in the wind, subzero fahrenheit temperatures, and waiting at the skate rink. I love the fit of the hood, it really protects from very cold wind and blowing snow, but don't expect good peripheral vision with it all the way on. The length is long enough for coverage to the knees. The two outside pockets are nice and deep. A lot of older online reviews talk about velcro on sleeve cuffs being a problem, mine has snaps that work great. The belt gives it a nice touch and is attached in a way that you don't have to fuss at all with it (doesn't go around the front) I normally wear a medium, I bought this extra large to allow for a bulky layer in between when I need it, most people may want to buy one size up. I highly recommend this coat for warmth, practicality, an it looks great too!