- January 22 2012
Light, soft, & warm
So comfortable. Fantastic for travel-folds down very small. Very light and regulates temperature well. Sleeves are long (similar to other Patagonia jackets), they fold under easily.
- January 12 2012
Love This Jacket/Sweater and Patagonia Generally
FIT: I am very petite (5'4 and wears p2) and the XS fits very good on the body (enough room for a tight fitting hoodie underneath but also looks good, not too big, with just a tee underneath). I have been wearing Patagonia for over 15 years and have only encountered once, or twice, when its XS was overall way too big. It is not the case with this sweater/jacket. However, even when the fit on the body is good, the length of the sleeves is always a bit long. Nevertheless, for a jacket, this is fine because I can use the extra fabric to cover my entire hand during times when I don't have a pair of gloves handy and need the extra coverage. Despite this, the look, with the cuffs at the wrist, is not compromised. WARMTH: With down insulation, I don't usually get too hot, but am warm enough to be comfortable. As a note, heat retention for any down jackets/vests are lost when the down gets wet (see below). WATER PROTECTION: I have not worn this jacket in the rain yet, but can comment on my experience with other Patagonia down products. With my other Patagonia down jackets, water protection is good as long as I don't wear it in heavy down pours for more than 15 minutes (light rain is ok). Once water gets through the fabric into the down, the down looses its ability to retain heat. CONSTRUCTION: I have not had this jacket long enough to comment but, again, can comment on my other experiences. I have a Patagonia down vest that is exactly the same as, or very similar to, this sweater/jacket, and throughout numerous and various wearings and washes, the threats are still very securely intact and it still looks the same as it did the first time I saw it (the fact that it is black may also be a reason why it still looks good and new). OTHER COMMENTS: Altrec ships fast! I got this product within 3 days! Thanks, Altrec! I will definitely do business with you again!
- January 11 2012
This is a perfect light weight down jacket that provides excellent warmth without being bulky. It layers well underneath a shell or can be worn as a solo outer layer. I'm 5'6" and weigh 135lb, and the small was a perfect fit. I never want to take it off!
- January 3 2012
Light, stylish and warm
I noticed this jacket was selling out in stores and on websites, and I now see why. This jacket is so light to carry around, it is warm, and it is SO cute! It is so cute that as I was crossing the street the other day, a guy stopped his car in the middle of the crosswalk to yell after me, "Nice jacket!" As I passed through a cashier in a cafe she said to me, "That is a gorgeous jacket. Gorgeous!" Patagonia designed this really well because it is very warm (800 fill) and not so puffy that it makes you look funny. In fact, I'm lucky I am able to get away with a size small. At 5' 1'' I have a small frame, yet I am large in the bust (C to D cup). This jacket fits well and allows me to layer. And it is SO light. Originally I purchased the Merrill Isadore parka in black size small. This also fits me well, and it too is very warm at only 650 fill. However, it is so heavy! I found this out when traveling. I was too hot to wear it on the airplane, and it was too bulky to stuff in my bag. I missed my chance to put it in the overhead and so I had this big thing on my lap the whole 6 hour flight! This would have never happened with the Patagonia down sweater, because it is so light and compress, and comes with its own built in stuff sack that is perfect for travel. I can also easily tie this jacket around my waist when hiking and warmed up. I love this jacket! It's also cute and stylish enough to wear in the office or casually on the weekends. I haven't washed it yet, but am trusting it will wash and dry easily. I also notice the fabric does not catch on things. Whereas some jackets (such as the Merrill Isadore) could get an easy snag, this one seems to repel objects that might catch such as rough fingernails and such. Thank goodness, because no one wants a ding in an expensive down jacket.
- January 3 2012
Wife loved it!
I bought this as a Christmas present for my wife and she loves it. It is a good jacket for wearing around town and layering at the ski hill. I'd be a little careful around nipping pups as I don't think the material would hold up to little teeth.