Coats and Outerwear
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This is hard to fit. It is well constructed and superior to the Patagonia equivalent. However, I found I would need 2 sizes - M to fit over a shirt, and L to fit over a fleece or sweater. Both made me look like the Pillsbury Doughboy and feel like a teenage boy. I realized perhaps I don't want or need a down vest as much as I thought I did.
I really wanted to love this vest as a die hard Patagonia wearer and I own the jacket. However, the vest is only good as a technical midlayer. It is really snug and the armholes are elastic, which would be good to keep wind out but as a vest over a shirt - uncomfortable and unattractive. I did not keep it.
This is a very soft fleece that is great for lounging around the house. I always take a size M in Patagonia but the M was way too tight in the chest and underarms and didn't breathe at all. The large fit better but then was too long in the torso and sloppy looking. The fit really varied based on the color which is maddening. Of 3 colors tried, only one (nickel) fit without being too long or too baggy. It is warm but useless in wind as a shell - the wind goes right through you. This is perfect to wear as a casual sweater but is definitely not a technical jacket. I really don't think this style is appropriate for the Patagonia slim cut, which is usually so flattering - fleece should not be skin tight!
About Jackets & Coats
No matter what part of the country you live in, or what time of the year it is, everyone needs a jacket or coat that is functional yet stylish.
A staple for everyone’s closet should be a selection from The North Face® fleece jacket or the Columbia® winter coat collections. They will keep you nice and toasty inside and most come with multi-functional zip pockets to keep your hands and your personal items warm and dry.
Even in the spring and summer months, a light-weight or soft-shell jacket is sometimes needed indoors when the air conditioning is still cranked up. For women, something as simple as a Hurley® jacket or an adidas® Originals track jacket will do just the trick.
For the men, a nice Ugg® leather jacket or Cole Haan® trench coat should be a part of your professional attire. For a nice dinner out on the town, look into a Moschino® blazer paired with a pair of designer jeans. Going for a more casual look, an Alpha Industries® nylon bomber jacket or Cutter & Buck® suede bomber jacket is the right choice.
Back-to-school is the perfect time to find that much needed jacket or coat for your child. Whether it’s a Western Chief® Kids raincoat for those in the Northwest, a Spyder® Kids down jacket for those in the Midwest or North East, or The North Face® Kids fleece jackets for those in the Southwest or Southeast, Zappos has just the functionality and style you’re looking for. Check out adidas® Kids track jackets, Nike® Kids hoodies or DC® Kids pullovers for those kids who refuse to wear jackets or coats.