Rated 5 out of
Everything I was looking for and then some!First off I was surprised when I opened the box, it was a slightly different color scheme than shown and what I had though I had ordered. Graphite body, yes but with a dark magenta accents instead of the lime green pictured. I was not disappointed though as I am an über girly girl this suited my tastes quite fine.
It's not overly poofy, the sleeves are longer than a lot of jackets I have tried. With the wrist gaiters and the Velcro adjustable tabs it gave the ability to flail my arms around without the cold creeping in through my sleeves! I ordered a large, 5'6", 160lbs, 36C chest with an athletic build, fits nicely. I don't feel smothered in the chest or hips and it's not overly large around the waist with plenty of room to layer if needed. It's flattering as far as jackets go, hits mid hip and while not slimming I don't look like a total fatty.
There are a good amount of pockets, enough to carry everything I need at least. The exterior pockets are nicely lined and kept my hands warm even without gloves.
The collar is bulky with the hood stowed but once unfurled it lays nicely and feels comfortable.
The waterproofing is awesome! I stood out in the rain and once I came in I shook like a dog and the water beaded up and rolled right off. It's warm but not hot which is great because there is nothing worse than getting overheated in the cold and then getting chilled.
I'll be taking this jacket next month when I go to Czech Republic and Hungary and I'm completely confident I'll be toasty warm and dry!