"DOES THE JOB! But you may look like a neon turtle."
If you tend to fair on the cold side, this jacket is for you. No doubt youll be warm and toasty. While I wanted to love this jacket (cool name, warmest synthetic patagonia, designed for awesome climber babes) I cant seem to get over a few things.... 1) The fit: I know its designed for function not fashion but the fit could be slightly more flattering. Its kind of bulky, err everywhere, and long. I am petite so I felt like I was swimming in it. Note: the baffles on the neck are nice and I do like the 2 way zipper for belaying. 2) The color: UHH THE COLOR! Come on patagonia: its not fair! Why should the mens colors be way more attractive. So basically as a female my only options for this jacket are to choose the GREENEST and shiniest color you ever saw with an awkward fit or pick PLAIN BLACK throughout the entire jacket with an awkward fit. Perhaps a blue or red. These colors are still highly visible. Unfortunately, its a no go :(
I was nervous about getting this coat because there weren't any reviews anywhere online, but I decided to take the plunge as I live in NH for a few months and winter has definitely arrived!Anyway, this coat isn't the MOST stylish, but I'm fine wearing it and I don't worry about my appearance, it's a very "typical' coat. But I have to tell you, it's SO warm, just so incredibly warm and cozy, that I don't even mind walking the mile or so to the drugstore or the gym.
I SOOOO wanted to love this jacket. Great color, materials, warmth etc! BUT and it's a big BUT.... the fit didn't work for me. I am 5'5" and 117 lbs. with an athletic build (wide shoulders and narrow hips), bought the XS, and the coat was too large in the shoulders and too slim in the hips (which usually never happens) . It looked like the fit of a men's jacket on me. I will try again if the fit is revised because the jacket is beautiful but just not for me.