Amanda the Arctic traveler Purchaed this jacket for visit to Barrow, AK for job opportunity. Needless to say, this jacket exceeded all of my expectations! Never felt the cold and average temp was -25F with high winds! Perfect fit, I purchaed size medium, I'm 5'5'', 125lbs. Length of jacket was great as it helped block wind from legs. What I loved about this jacket was the practicality of the jacket keeping me warm and dry, but also having a more formal look at the same time. Worth the investment. Will be moving moving there full time and plan on this being my go to jacket. I honestly don't have anything negative to say about this jacket!
jmar This coat is perfect for climates with cold, nasty winters where you have to spend more time outdoors than running to and from your house and car. It is very warm and the design of the hood can cover your ears or pull more forward to hide everything but your mouth. The body is comfortably fitted, tapered in at the waist for a feminine shape, but roomy at the legs for movement. The shoulders also provide a lot of movement, unrestricted by bulk or the seams. Overall, the fit reduces bulk, but allows for generous layering of clothes underneath without restricting movement. The fleece wrists are soft and prevent wind from moving up the arm. The side pockets are very deep with a soft fleece lining on one side. The waterproof capabilities are perfect for snowy conditions. I don't know how it holds up in rain and sleet.In comparison to the North Face Metropolis parka, this is a bulky coat because of the cut at the chest. The cut allows for more movement and room for layering. It is not as bulky as the men's version of this coat, but this coat is designed with more function in mind than pure style. That said, the bulkiness is very relative, and for the warmth and movement designed in this coat, it is very minor, thus, I didn't check bulkiness as a con. The pockets at the breast are odd. They are difficult to access and I don't know what you'd want to specifically place there. I wish the bottom of the coat, along the legs, was cut slightly closer to the legs. I have plenty of room to move, but the added room allows for a little more wind to move up the legs.Overall, this is a fantastic coat for those who need warmth in various cold conditions and don't want to look like you are going skiing. I wouldn't wear this out to a night at the opera, but it's stylish enough to wear around town.
giblet76 Ill be living through two winters in Russia and ordered this parka to get me through. So far, its doing a great job. Its hot in my office, and with this parka, I can walk to work with just a t-shirt underneath and still be warm. I also wore it outside for hours at a time in below-freezing weather for a weekend in Latvia; the only place I was cold was my nose. This jacket is very warm indeed, but not stifling, it still breathes. Also, when it says waterproof it means it. Ive worn the coat in the rain, snow, freezing rain, and sleet, and it all beads right off. Awesome parka overall.
The Mrs. Ill be living through two winters in Russia and ordered this parka to get me through. So far, its doing a great job. Its hot in my office, and with this parka, I can walk to work with just a t-shirt underneath and still be warm. I also wore it outside for hours at a time in below-freezing weather for a weekend in Latvia; the only place I was cold was my nose. This jacket is very warm indeed, but not stifling, it still breathes. Also, when it says waterproof it means it. Ive worn the coat in the rain, snow, freezing rain, and sleet, and it all beads right off. Awesome parka overall.
northwest surviver I bought this jacket for a trip to China during the month of January where the average weather was going to be 20 degrees Fahrenheit and on some occasions with wind at 25mph at 0 degrees. I was by FAR the warmest person. I loved the length too so that when I sat down on a freezing bench I couldn't really feel the cold. The only downside would be that there are no under arm zippers to help ventilate when walking around. If you are prone to getting cold easily then it really is a great buy, but if you live in a climate where it isn't freezing it might even be too warm.
Rondi Love the coat! Keeps me warm and fits nicely. I usually wear size 4-6, so the original order was a size small which was too small. The medium is a great fit for me. Overall, I highly recommend this coat for warmth and good looks.
expatworldtraveler This was my first North Face purchase and I am in l-o-v-e. It was really difficult for me to spend so much money on one thing, but with REI's return policy I felt secure in my choice. I am 5ft 3 125-130lbs, 36B cup and bought the small. With a long sleeved shirt, this is slightly roomy when zipped up on my frame. I am also able to wear a hoodie under it or a small fleece coat for added warmth (I get cold easily). I wouldn't have sized up to an M--I bet it's too big for me. This style is fitted, so you don't look like you're wearing a feather pillow. It isn't heavy. It's water resistant so you can wear it in the rain or when it's snowing. It's machine washable. The fake animal fur zips off. The pockets will hold a small wallet and phone and iPod. This is comfortable and cozy in -15F weather (the lowest temp. I've experienced with it on). Everyone compliments me on this coat, asks where they can buy it and if it's worth the $$. I am very frugal and hoard my money, but this has been one of the best purchases I have EVER made. I've had it 2 winters and it still looks brand new. I would buy it again in a second and would consider buying a second to have on hand, I love it. Highly, highly recommended!