I'm the kind of person who is always cold. This jacket is incredibly warm and I actually had to unzip it during a four hour snowshoeing hike in 28 degree weather. I've also warn it in 50 degrees and it's comfortable unzipped and I didn't overheat in it. My favorite part about it is that I feel like I'm in an amazingly comfortable sleeping bag when I wear it. The coat has a detachable hood (connected by a zipper that is covered by a flap) and comes with a carrying bag. Still very warm w/o hood b/c the neck zips up real high. When you stuff the coat inside of the bag it's close to the size of a football and it's pretty light. I bought the black color. When I purchased the coat I was worried that the mid-section fabric would be too shiny because some of the pictures make it seem very shiny and almost plastic-looking in comparison to the matte shoulders. In real life the fabric isn't very shiny, I think it's the way that the item is photographed that makes it look like that.
"My favorite, warmest belay jacket for ice climbing!"
This is hands down the warmest and most comfortable jacket for belaying during ice climbing on cold, cold days. It is the warmest jacket I own and huge but amazingly packs down to a relatively small enough size to hang off your harness. All the fabric reinforcements on the shoulders and arms are perfect for longevity since it is virtually impossible to poke a hole or rip the fabric. I also love the red color and it is so toasty to use for any super cold activity when you aren't moving a lot (bonfires, in your car changing clothes on the side of the road after xc skiing).
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