Marmot Chelsea Down Coat - Women's
MarmotChelsea Down Coat - Women's

Serious warmth for city denizens.

Urbanites need to balance warmth, weather protection, and style, a see-saw act that Marmot nailed with the Chelsea Women's Down Coat. The knee-length cut is all about the classic trench coat look, but the waterproof 2L MemBrain laminate and fully taped seams provide real rain, sleet, and snow protection, unlike a flimsy coat that can cost just as much. A traditional trench doesn't offer much in the way of warmth, either, but the Chelsea's 700-fill down insulation keeps you as warm as a summer subway car, without all the unpleasant accompaniments. Even the details are designed to keep you cozy; the hand pockets, media pocket, and snap cuffs are lined with fleece, and the down-filled hood features a removable faux fur ruff that helps you embrace your inner fashionista if you're feeling saucy.

  • Stylish jacket with high-loft warmth and waterproof design
  • MemBrain 2L waterproof and breathable membrane keeps you dry
  • 700-fill down insulation traps toasty warmth
  • Insulated hood with removable faux fur gives style and coziness
  • Fleece-lined hand pockets keep hands toasty
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Warm on top but not the bottom

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

I wanted to love this coat so I could replace my much beloved winter coat of 7 years for something new but this is not going to cut it in Chicago! The coat fits true to size and was warm and very snug up top but there is very little down on the bottom half of the coat. My legs were cold and feeling the wind. The zipper suck too! I fumbled through several attempts before it caught. Returning.

Everything I wanted!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: xl

Just got my coat today as the temperature dropped. Fits true to size and looks amazing. Walked outside without getting cold, the hood kept my head toasty warm! Love how the collar will go all the way up to my nose to keep the warmth in and wind out. Definitely worth every cent!
The next day I took a 30 minute walk in 23 degree temperature with wind, I was toasty warm. I've read other reviews about it being noisy, it's not.

Wow!!! Not warm!!!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

And I *like* the cold!
But - some context. Since 2011, I’ve been searching the four corners of the retail world for an attractive women's parka that's as warm as my 1990 (550 fill) EMS 'Countryside Outfitters' or my husband’s 1994 (550 fill Northface. Pretty? Ugh, no! Puffy? Yes! Insanely! Warm: like a hearth. T-shirt test: 25 degrees, flying colors. Below 25 - layer a bit. (This, I realize, is subjective.)
In the course of my 7 year search, I’ve tested virtually every brand (except for CG. Which may be my tragic, final frontier). Every coat presents the same fatal issue: cold spots along the arms. Most modern, fitted down coats for women seem to have these - the issue is high fill power and … perhaps not enough of it. I realize that asking for vertical baffles, or baffle box construction, would be asking for the moon.
Marmot is a great brand - I pin my hopes for warmth on Marmot. But I’m stymied by the number of favorable review of this coat’s warmth factor. It’s very attractive, highly wind- and water proof (and I’m fine with the tight hood, too). But the cold spots on this baby are not limited to the arms - the *upper torso* area has them, too! Even in 40 degrees F.
Maybe I got a lemon? Maybe … younger people (ok - I’m old *ish*) don’t have the gold standard of the *really* warm coats of yore to judge by?
I’m just going to have to wear a Marmot Zeus ultralight underneath this thing (!) Or - return to my trusted friends of the ’90’s.

Excellent Coverage in Cold Weather

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: L

This Marmot coat keeps me warm in the cold winds that blow sideways. The coverage is superior to a shorter coat The only drawback is the two-way zipper at the bottom. Seems to be hard to join the two ends to start the zipper every time. A little frustrating! I can't do it with gloves on. It is also not as insulated as some of the other shorter cold weather jackets I own for other sporty activities, but I layer up. I use this coat daily and for walking.

Love this coat

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I am very happy with my new coat. The medium is slightly loose on me but I don't mind the extra room. It is definitely warm, comfy and cute. The customer service is excellent! I appreciate that they follow up regarding my purchase. I got a really good deal and couldn't be more happy with my purchase. Thanks backcountry!

Could be so great

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I loved this jacket at first, but it has some serious problems:
First, it sheds feathers big time! So disappointing. By the fourth or fifth wear, this coat is not nearly as warm as it was at first and I believe that is because SO much of the down has leaked out. Feathers constantly jab into my skin, which is super uncomfortable.
Second, the coat doesn't zip or button down far enough. The coat is long, a great length actually, but the zipper stops inexplicable short. The short zipper allows strong drafts to travel up under the coat, making it not nearly as warm. Big bummer.
Lastly, the coat is super noisy. I don't really mind it too much, but other people have commented that they can "hear me coming from a mile away." It seems to annoy people around me, so that isn't great either.
I have a small head, so I don't have issues with the hood and can comfortably wear a beanie under it without any problems. I also think the sleeves are great and I love the fleece lining in them. The fleece lining in the pockets is also fantastic.
Ultimately, I also have the Patagonia "Down with it" coat, and it is much warmer and doesn't shed feathers constantly. It isn't nearly as wind/waterproof as the Marmot Chelsea, but hey, the feathers stay in and it is warmer, and it zips down far enough.
I really wanted to love this coat, it was so perfect in so many ways until half the down fell out and not being able to zip the coat to the bottom made me cold. For the price of this coat, it should be awesome and not have SO many disappointing and preventable issues. Come on, Marmot, you can do better!

Could be great but sheds feathers

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I loved, loved, loved this coat the first two or three times I wore it. It has a great shape, fit, and looks really nice. It is more waterproof than I thought it would be and is fantastically windproof. It is fairly warm, but I also have the Patagonia Women's Patagonia "Down With It" coat, and the Patagonia is by far warmer, though doesn't look as great, have as great a fit, and is not as wind/waterproof. The Patagonia is still, by far, much warmer than the Marmot Chelsea. That isn't even my main problem with this coat. My problem is that after my second wearing of this coat, serious amounts of down began to leak from all of the internal stitching. Whatever I wear under the coat is covered in feathers when I take the coat off. I can see tons of feathers sticking through all the seams on the inside. It is really, really, really disappointing, especially because I didn't buy this coat on sale (because I temporarily lost my Patagonia "down with it" and needed a replacement immediately). The coat is also really squeaky like other reviewers have mentioned, but I don't mind that. I do mind all of the feathers leaking out all the time after only a second or third time wearing the coat. I have now had this coat for about 2 months, and have worn it several more times and have to say it isn't nearly as warm as it was at first. I imagine this is due to so much of the down coming out. It has also gotten fairly uncomfortable to wear because the feathers jab through whatever I am wearing and into my skin. It is not awesome to have sharp feathers jab you all over your back. If the feathers stayed in the coat, this would be the most awesome coat ever and I would absolutely love it and rave about it. Unfortunately, and maybe it is just my particular coat, but so many of the feathers have fallen out, it is no longer warm and is really annoying to wear. I am seriously bummed about this. Come on, Marmot, you can do so much better!!!!

Nice coat with some key flaws

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: M (fits in the body

I live in Boston, so a good winter coat is essential. I previously owned and loved the Marmot Montreaux coat, but wanted something different (and waterproof). There are things I like about this coat -- the color, the waterproofness, the luxe fur around the hood -- but there are some specific flaws that have left me dissatisfied:
- As other commenters have noted, without the fur trim, the hood is much too shallow to be useful.
- It's loud! The outer fabric is stiff and squeaks when you move.
- The inner lining is already starting to shed feathers onto my clothes.
- I have long arms, so I wish the sleeves were an inch longer.
Overall, I wish I'd gone with my gut and returned this coat before wearing it.

Sizing off

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XL

Loved this jacket, super warm and great length for someone who loves to wear dresses in winter. Sizes were off though. Tried a 2XL and it felt like a sleeping blanket and too big. Then went down a size and it was way to small on top. Fleece sleeve liners were nice but start to pill up so makes the jacket look worn. Overall loved it though just doesn't fit well.

I wish it was cold But love how it looks

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

It's such a beautiful jacket. It's very light weight. I'm 5'1" n it covers my knee caps. I bought a medium n I'm 165lbs n it's perfect.. It has just a little bit of extra room. But I like it not too snug where I can wear something like a long sleeve and a cardigan n still be comfortable in this when zipped up. Not too sure about the sound that some have mentioned but it's great so far. It makes me look slim. I love it. Can't wait til the cold comes back.
Got this on clearance and it's so worth it. I was going to get the north face miss metro jacket but then I thought why not for $30 more n get a jacket that's waterproof n 700 fill.

Almost perfect

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

Living in Boston this coat is a great match for the harsh winters...waterproof, warm, knee length and with style.
How can the designers get this right but blew it on the hood design.
I am 5'10" and the hood is small sized and too short making for an uncomfortable fit and a bad case of hat hair. Forget about having a small hat on underneath. Wish this coat had an adjustable hood like the Waterbury Down Jacket.

Sound and Down Issue

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XXL

Bought this coat for a recent trip to Iceland. While it was indeed very warm and looks pretty good on (I'm fairly tall at 5'11 and it fit me perfectly, even with arm length), there is a lot of noise when moving around. I thought at first it would only happen because it was so new, but I wore it consistently for about three weeks and the noise continued to happen. Also, I wear a lot of black and this was my biggest issue with the coat, every time I wore it I would get little down feathers stuck all over my clothing underneath. Quite disappointed in this Marmot product.

The sound issue is real

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

I ordered this coat because it seemed to check all the boxes of what I needed for a flattering coat to get me through Minnesota winters. It is warm, well made, and a great fit. BUT it is so insanely loud. I had seen this in other reviews and didn't think it would bother me, but even other people commented on it who were standing near me. You can't move your arms without making a ton of noise. The arms are also very short, so this is not for tall ladies. I also did not like how the zipper did not go all the way down- that's a necessity for dog walking in negative temps. Beautiful but too many problems.

Ordered too large

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Size Bought: Medium

Based on other reviews, I ordered this coat in a MEDIUM, which was waaaaay to big for me. I am 5'5" and about 135lbs, so one the high end of a size 6, but this medium was far too big and will be going back. I hope this helps someone else in their decision making process.
Apart from the sizing issue, the coat looked fabulous. Loved the hood - it enveloped my head, so great for snowy or cold days.

Unanswered Question

How does one CLEAN this coat? Is it washable?

Just what I have been looking for

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: medium

I have been searching for a winter coat that looks good, is warm and will hold up to the elements. This coat fits the bill. I have tried several different brands and they have all failed for various reasons (stylish but poor quality, poor fit). This coat is stylish and made extremely well. I think the fit is true to size, I am 5'6" and 135lbs and the medium fits great with a bit of room to spare for extra layers.

Warm&stylish-the best winter jack I have

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: s

+ Great value. Got it on a big sale.
+ It's super warm, waterproof(tested under light rain), and strongly resistant to the Chicago winter wind. It also has a flattering waist cut.
- Runs large. I could definitely go down to a XS.
- It makes a funny noise when I move, but it's not loud enough to be noticed by others.

Great find!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I purchased two down jackets and chose to keep this one. The sizing is good with a flattering fit, and with generous faux fur ruff on the hood (removable). I've yet to try it in really cold weather, but am hopeful it will keep me warm on an Alaskan adventure in March.

I haven't noticed anything specific about the sound this jacket makes - I don't find it either annoying or noticeable, and it seems to me to be very similar to other down ski/boarding parkas.

Uncomfortable collar

    I returned this immediately. The collar was too high and stiff and rubbed against my chin, forcing me to hold my head up at a weird angle. Also the size was HUGE, but I would have put up with that if the collar had been wearable. What a disappointment.

    Money well spent

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I looked at many coats, read many reviews and was impressed with the Chelsea Down, it made a list of top ten winter jackets. I bought the medium it fit very well. By far, this is the warmest winter coat I've ever had. It wasn't bulky, the sleeves were the right length and the length was at the knees. Being waterproof was an added bonus, the hood is as insulated as the rest of the jacket.

    Now that it's mid January and I've had time to really test this jacket, it has come through in 9° F weather. I've waited at the bus stop and on outdoor subway platforms and I've been warm and cozy.

    I don't have to wear as many layers and I'm quite warm. The jacket has to go on at the very last minute before I leave the house or I'll be roasting. What ever I paid for it was worth it, has been one of the best clothing purchases I've ever made.