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Sufficient for Cold, Northern Winter
on December 16, 2011
Tl; dr: The coat looks really nice, has nice details, and is very, very warm, despite a slightly awkward fit.
First the good:
This is by far the warmest winter coat I've ever owned. It's also pretty thin for how warm it is. I live in Beijing, and it's usually between -10 and 0 Celsius with strong winds, and I'm warm. I've never had a coat that blocked the wind as well or was as snow/rain proof (it bounces off!). I'm 5'4", and for me the size XS coat is the perfect length, falling at mid-thigh so your backside is totally covered for warmth but it's not long and cumbersome. The drawstrings on the waist are great and give a puffy parka a surprisingly sleek, feminine cut. I like the lining/inserts on the cuffs with the knitted material. They are really long and stretchy so you never, ever have gaps between your coat and gloves. Also, I don't agree with the other reviewer about the hood issue: the hood has a strap for adjusting in the back, so you can make it as large or small as you want (maybe she didn't notice this?) Lastly, the fleece-lined hand-warmer pockets seem awkwardly placed at first, but they free up the lower pockets for other things and keep your arms tucked up next to you for extra warmth.
Now the bad:
I think the fur ruff, although very luxurious, is over-the-top and not very functional. Also, the top and bottom of the coat seem to be slightly disproportionate. I have wide hips and a relatively large bust for my height/frame (I normally wear size 2-4 clothes), and the coat fits VERY snugly around my hips but is super loose around my chest and especially my arms, which is weird. I can easily fit my thickest winter sweaters underneath. Finally, the zipper is indeed a bit flimsy and sometimes catches the fabric while zipping up.