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Comments about Sierra Designs Stratus Down Jacket - Women's:
I wish there were half stars as I would have given this a 4.5. I really like this jacket, so much so that I returned my Patagonia Nano Puff jacket for this one. I'll list out the pros and the cons, especially as compared to the Nano Puff.
-Super Warm, the down is definitely toastier than the synthetic that the nano puff is made of. I haven't tested it in wet conditions yet to see how it holds up.
-Thumbholes! I'm pretty obsessed with thumbholes and the fact that they put these in there were a big deal, they have a nice detail of having a bit of stretchy material over them so they don't leave a big gap for wind to sneak into when not in use.
-Separate collar from the hood, this means when the hood is down there is still a full collar to cover the back of the neck so breezes can't creep down there either.
-Adjustable hood, there are drawcords around the hood opening and around the back of the hood. I dislike that most of these lightweight puffers use elastic around the hoods because they don't fit that well and look kinda goofy. This was another big factor in my decision.
-Internal hem drawcords, you can adjust the tightness of the hem from inside the pockets which I like a lot better than having to reach under the front, which you have to do to loosen it but this is less of a concern to me.
-Color, the black isn't a deep black which I like better than say the color a comparable North Face jacket would be.
Cons (these collectively where minor compared to the pros):
-Odd sizing, I have a somewhat boyish figure (broad shoulders/chest, relatively narrow hips), I wore a L in the Nano Puff jacket but had to size up to a XL in this jacket because the L restricted arm movement a bit and this would be worse over bulkier clothes.
-Long Arms, I realize this may be on purpose because when you use the thumbholes, the sleeves then extend down without straining. They just bunch up a bit when not in use.
-Stiffer material, that's one thing I loved about the NanoPuff was the suppleness of the nylon. This is still relatively light and soft but not as much so as the Patagonia version.
-Separate stow pouch, vs. the integrated pocket in other versions, this seems to be a Sierra design standard though.
I wish both of them had an external chest pocket since I don't like having to unzip the jacket to get access. This may be related to waterproofing or something but I would much prefer the pocket to be on the outside.
Otherwise, I'm really happy with this jacket. As reluctant as I was to give up my Nano Puff, this one more than fits the bill.
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