Warm and functional
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: small
I moved to Minnesota 1.5 years ago, and went through my first winter without a properly fitting coat. I bought this one on sale last summer and have held off reviewing until I felt I'd had time to really experience it. Overall, I'm very happy with the coat. I was worried it wouldn't be warm enough when it arrived because it is so thin compared to typical winter coats, but it has done a good job so far this year. I've worn this coat down to a "feels like" temp of -15 F for short walks, and have been (relatively) comfortable. I'm also pleased that this coat is waterproof.
The only sticking point is that the zipper isn't the best. It sometimes gets stuck at the bottom, so can be difficult to zip up or unzip. you'd think that for the price you could get a fully functional zipper, but for me it's worth it given how good the rest of the coat is.
I think this runs true to size. I'm 5'2, around 125lbs, and typically wear a size 4-6. I ordered my usual small, and it fits well. There's room for a bit of layering underneath, but not too loose that cold air can get in.
I'm so glad to see a review that mentions the zipper! I bought this jacket last winter, at over 50% off, fortunately, becuz I would have returned it if it was full price simply becuz of the zippers. Overall I'm happy to have this coat as one of my rotating, protective gear wardrobe. But at this price point?; shoddy zipper quality is unacceptable! I'm 5'6", 125lbs, slim but busty. I got size M. If ur curvy or broad shouldered this jacket's fit might be tricky.
Anyway, the main point of my comment is about the ZIPPERS! I also got a shorter Backcountry brand down coat (@ a great discount as well) in size M, but the zippers were even more troubling than this coat and, upon delivery,down feathers were already poking out so I returned it. Everything about this coat is pretty compatible w the exception of the zippers; gortex protection is great, warmth is good but it doesn't protect legs much... The pocket angle and placement is a little 'square', not as comfortable as my Colombia jackets but the micro fleece lining is nice. The hood is a bit large but I have a child-sized head, and there's only the back hood adjustment, none on either side of the face to really cinch down when the wind is intense.
I also got the long Backcountry down a couple of weeks ago and that zipper is ridiculous! Worst zipper action I've ever encountered! I talked to a gearhead about and they gave me a further discount (it was already nearly 70% off) bc I really liked everything about this jacket so I kept it, really warm, lightweight and comfortable! So, again, my point is: Backcountry? Step up the zipper quality!!! AND if you get a Backcountry coat, from my experience? Expect poor quality zippers. I mean, I have cotton hoodies that are almost 30 years old that the zippers have never failed! I could zip them up in my sleep but w my Backcountry coats I've actually missed buses bc it took me 10 minutes to get zipped up before heading out. 🤔😛😉