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This is a great jacket. Super warm. Super simple. Super functional. No fancy bells and whistles, just good fit and warmth thanks to the puffy DryDown and DWR treatment. It has elastic at the cuffs and the hem, insulated pockets with fleece lining, and 2 stash pockets on the inside. Being able to stuff the jacket into one of the interior stash pockets to make a comfy fleece pillow is a nice bonus.
The hood fits amazingly well, though it’s not meant for use with a helmet. You can turn the hood inside to make a high, wind breaking collar. Very handy. The length is good and the arms are cut well, so that you can actually move your arms around and reach for things without the jacket shifting much.
I’m 6’1” 205 lbs. at the borderline between men’s large and XL according to the size chart, and I found the XL to be much better across the chest and armpits without being too loose elsewhere, especially with other layers underneath. Eric on Feb 6th 2017
Great lightweight down coat with true baffle construction and 850 down fill. Love the warmth to weight. Most of the baffles are overstuffed, a couple of the smaller sections are noticeably less filled but still sufficient. I love the pillow feature with felt lining. Will make backpacking in cold weather even more enjoyable! Would give 4.5 stars simply because at the price point every baffle should be evenly filled with down and in some places the jacket is overconstructed ie unnecessary/extra material. Alan on Jan 16th 2017
I was looking and looking for my first down jacket ever, an item I've always thought to be unneccessary, because usually when I'm out in the cold I'm also moving, and stay warm that way. Recently I went bouldering in sub zero temperatures with a friend, though, and the puffer he lent to me was mighty appreciated, and sold me on the concept. Gotta have one for that activity, at least!
Dri Down is a really fantastic idea, and makes so much sense. Nothing written here about what the durability implications are for this technology, but I would assume, hopefully correctly, that it would make the down fibers hold up longer. Downside: more plastic (coating the down fibers). But maybe that would be offset by the jacket as a whole lasting longer, thereby saving on the consumption of all the other plastics used for making the rest of a (replacement) jacket. I've used down for years in my Sierra Designs sleeping bag, and think that it would be great to try it in that application. Will try to if I need another one of those sometime.
Every detail of this jacket is so well thought out. I love that it is so simplified. The fact that there are no draw cords and not velcro is a boon. It fits my medium build great, and would I think adapt to many types of build, at least for a guy if not a gal. To appreciate this jacket one really has to see all the beautiful, and beautifully subtle, details. Proprietary stuff, like the way the cuffs are elasticized on the inside, that no else will really notice but that the wearer can feel. Even if she/he doesn't actually take notice of such details, because the jacket kind of disappears once it's been put on, like the really fine clothing and equipment always seems to. Also, the fabric on the outside is truly beautiful, and could be better described on this website. It's a kind of ripstop where the ripstop gridding is below the surface but still visible as a subtle shift in color, which one only notices by looking really close. A really nice surprise :-)
I do wish that the color options were more inspired. The brick color is beautiful, and I chose it because I wanted a warm color for my warm (hot, even) jacket. I think that there's so much that can be done with color, especially when it comes to synthetic fibers, where the possibilities are quasi-infinite. It seems Patagonia is monopolizing on this idea, and I would love for SD to take a similarly creative, if not artistic, approach.
Sierra Designs is such a sleeper in the world of outdoor stuff, and my go-to brand when I'm looking for understated and utterly functional design. The history of the company is really cool, like the fact that all the original "North Face" stuff for their first shop in San Francisco was made by SD (who knew that?!). See: http://www.outinunder.com/content/brief-history-foundation-sierra-designs & http://www.oregonphotos.com/SierraDesigns1.html
I think that SD should put more of this content on to this site, becasue people love stories, and stories sell if they are good ones. I think that doing this would also be in keeping with SD's recent harkening back to its origins with its "Heritage" line. Again, the big P is really monopolizing the story side, though of course they dump so much into this end of the business...and maybe that's one big reason why they've become such a behemoth, at least around these parts?
On that note, I wouldn't say that the latest logo re-design is an absolute hit, though I like the notion to bring back the tree motif+the half dome (see image of the original logo in the first link I inserted above). Subjective call, but it didn't talk to me, not quite, I must say.
So, the color options and the logo are the only little things I have something to say about, and that's really nothing. BRAVO :D Oliver M. on Jan 13th 2017
I love this jacket because unlike women's designs it is not fitted and much more suitable for outdoor activities that require an additional layer or more movement. The length in the back is an added bonus because you stay covered even if you have to reach up. It is by far the best jacket I have ever owned. And stylish! Elisabeth Cain on Jan 2nd 2017
I must preface this by saying that I am a woman who bought a men's small. I'm 5'4" and about 119 lbs. The sleeve length is fine, and it doesn't look or feel too big. The only issue I am having is that the bottom of the jacket seems super tight. That could be because my torso might be shorter than most men who would wear this jacket. I do wish it had a drawstring, so I could adjust it, but I find that if I pull the jacket up just a tad, it still gives me the coverage I seek to keep me warm, but is a little less constricting. Maria T. on Dec 27th 2016
I'm trying to purchase thus parka but have not found the form for purchase. It keeps asking for a review. I would think a purchase is necessary before a review. Steven Taylor on Nov 10th 2015
So cool that it converts into a great camp pillow! This parka is extremely well made, with great fabrics and zippers and a comfortable design. I bought this with longer winter outings in mind, hikes to huts, winter camping, etc., but I might just wear it around town as well. It would be too warm to wear while snowshoeing or skinning I think, but will add to my comfort once to my destination, and might possibly someday save my life. I'll pack it as my pillow, and have it available as needed. I'm looking forward to wearing it in many situations when winter comes. Here's hoping for a cold and snowy winter! Gregory on Sep 15th 2015