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Very warm & good quality
I was a little weary on purchasing this jacket with it having 0 reviews. I rely on reviews for online shopping. I liked the look enough to order and man I was not let down. This jacket is great quality. It is a thin jacket compared to a puffy parka. But I wore the jacket with a long sleeve shirt in 30F weather and was honestly sweating. I am someon... Read Moree who is always cold - and this jacket surprised me. The length is great too - not too long like a parka. You still have access to your jean/pant pockets.
An almost great jacket
Green color is awesome, decently warm and lots of pockets. Very nice and soft lining, and has a decently weatherproof exterior (I wouldn't bring it into a rain storm, but it repels water pretty well). I wanted to love this jacket so much. I am 5'10, 165. Small fit pretty well, not too tight or baggy. I know there is a longer parka version... Read More of the Isthmus, but still, I found it to be just a few inches too short. It doesn't cover the butt, and looks more like a young boys fit because of it. The length fits more like a bomber jacket, not a regular jacket. I wanted to try it out after reading reviews saying the same thing, and I loved everything else about it, but just couldn't get over how it felt a little too short and awkward. If you have a flannel or sweater underneath, those just extend past the jacket too much and the combination looks kind of weird. Patagonia, I think it would be fantastic to add a bit more length to this almost perfect jacket. Had to return unfortunately, and will be trying the parka version - which is not on sale like this one :(
Response from PatagoniaJune 8, 2022
We really appreciate your detailed and thoughtful feedback on so many aspects of this jacket and we're sorry to hear that it wasn't a great fit. If you haven't already returned it, please reach out to your local Patagonia-owned store or to our Customer Service team. We'll be happy to help with the return as well as suggest other [men's insulated jackets](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/mens-insulated-jackets-vests) that might work for you!
Nice tough jacket
I had ordered an XL which is my normal size and it looked handsome no doubt but I returned it for the XXL so I could layer up underneath it in freezing temps when camping. The XXL also gives s bit more length which equals more warmth. Its a nice simple but tough jacket. It will be perfect for cold nights after (or during) fishing. Thanks Patagonia ... Read Morefor another well designed no brainer piece of gear.
Nice utility jacket overall
Well made and comfortable jacket in general terms. Warm and lightweight. Plenty of room for layering. I only miss that the shell would have been made of a softer material, maybe a mix of cotton or canvas. But apart from that, it's a good jacket for a reasonable price (I bought it on sale).
Warm, fashionable, and functional
Had my eye on this jacket for quite a while. The jacket seems thin but it is incredibly warm for its weight. Needless to say the jacket looks amazing and the quality and craftsmanship is top notch. Thank you Patagonia for a wonderful, fashionable, and functional jacket that gets me back and forth everyday to work looking and feeling great.
I like the way the jacket fits and the extra pockets. The hood is detachable, which is a plus in my mind. The material is little more rugged than the typical synthetic jacket. I have worn it in temperatures as low as 37 degrees with only a light shirt underneath. It was warm, but not overly so.
Looks great on Husband
My husband would never take the time to write reviews so I'm doing so on his behalf. Being the great wife that I am, I went ahead and purchased this as a "Just because" gift. When he tried it on, he immediately loved it, it's a great fit, it feels warm and cozy. We will see how long it holds up but I would highly recommend. 10/1... Read More0: it's versatile for me to wear as an oversized layering piece! :D
Nice but sizing issues
I really wanted this coat/jacket to work. The recycled materials are great and good for the planet. Snaps instead of velcro is a wonderful feature. Problem: Sleeves are about two inches too short.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 11, 2022
We're sorry to hear about the sizing on this one, but we appreciate your feedback, Bob! If you haven't already returned them, we encourage you to reach out to our Customer Service team. We'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) facilitate the return as well as offer detailed measurement information for other jackets.
Great Overall Jacket
I have not owned an outright winter coat for some time. My wife convinced me that this was a necessary purchase for my wardrobe. This coat fits great and looks great. Its very warm, but not too puffy. I dont feel that I need to wear an additional mid-weight or heavyweight layer, as the coat is that warm. Please be aware that the jacket goes to the ... Read Morewaist only or just past, but not any further. If that is a style you are comfortable with, then this jacket fits the bill. If you are looking for additional coverage, I would look at the parka version. The insulated hood is great. The double front pockets (side hand-warmers and top-entry pockets) is a great feature which I use all the time (ex. keys and dog bags in the top-entry pockets and my hands in the side hand-warmer pockets). This is already a great investment as I have worn it through 3 major winter storms here in the Chicago area and to walk our dog every night during the winter. Time will tell if the coat will hold up over numerous winters, but if this coat is like any of the Patagonia I own already, Im sure it will. I highly recommend this coat and Im only upset I had not purchased it sooner.
Great jacket, but too short
This would be a perfect jacket, but the size M is noticeably short if you are 6 feet tall. I would recommend Patagonia make this jacket a normal length. The parka has shearling inside and doesn't seem to have the same sleeves, so that's not an alternative.
9.7 out of 10
This is a fantastic jacket. It is very warm, windproof and holds up in even pretty heavy rain. I have worn it down to 10s/20s with just a sweater on underneath. It's great as a winter, thrown-on-when-it's-cold jacket. I love that the hood is padded and detachable - turns into a real hat to keep your head warm and isn't too small. Def... Read Moreinitely more of an 'around town' jacket than a piece you'd wear hiking. I am 5'10 and about 185 pounds and medium is a perfect fit. I had tried the nano puff before this and could barely get it on, by comparison. Two small things to consider - you will warm up fast if you're doing any physical activity. Even pushing my kids up the hill in the stroller in pretty cold conditions I was almost sweating. It's definitely breathable, just not as much as some of Patagonia's more technical pieces. I am considering getting a nano air for when it's a bit warmer and/or I am doing more physical activities in the cold. Secondly, the hand warmer pockets are lovely and soft but aren't insulated. They can be a bit cold at first if you put your hands in them. Other than that, great piece - and I got mine basically brand new on Worn Wear for a steal! Great stuff.
Windproof and warm
I was looking for a jacket that would check many boxes for me. I needed it to be windproof as I live in western ks. This jack does great. 20 to 30 mph gusts and 20 degrees. Nothing got through and I was comfortable. I didn't want a jacket that was to heavy. I run hot and with this jacket I don't overheat. It seems to do a great job at reg... Read Moreulating temp. I can walk through a store with it on and not sweat it out. I also needed a good hood. The hood sinches around your head and is very warm. I also wanted a jacket that fit well but could also layer if needed. This jacket can do that as well. I will say when I thought I needed to layer I got to hot. This jacket is very warm for how thin it seems to be. This is a great jacket and I would recommend it to anyone.
Good Jacket, runs larger than any other brand
I bought this jacket last fall from an online authorized retailer and made the mistake of not trying it on until this summer. Big mistake! This is definitely the disadvantage of not having a place to try things on locally. I purchased a medium as I wear a medium in any other jacket, shirt or sweater. This was my first time purchasing Patagonia so I... Read More assumed it would fit like any other medium. I'm 5'5, 175ish lbs. The sleeves are really long and the jacket is baggy and overall boxy. I'm very disappointed. I really wish I would have tried it on sooner so I could have exchanged it. If your short with a dad bod, don't make the same mistake I made thinking a medium will fit. Buy a small. As for the quality. It's a great jacket. A bit noisy when moving around but seems like it would be a good all-purpose jacket. I like what Patagonia stands for which I why I opted to purchase. However, I am very wherry to purchase again without trying something on first. Unfortunately for me, that means driving 3.5 hrs to DC...
Response from PatagoniaAugust 31, 2021
Hi Kennith, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear size medium wasn't the right fit for you. Typically we ask that returns for size/fit are made within a timely manner, hopefully within the same season of purchase. With that said, we've reached out to you directly with further assistance. Additionally, you can always purchase directly from Patagonia.com and if you find the size isn't quite right you can [exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
All Purpose Jacket
I had my Bean 850 for about 5 years and really took it to task and I really was looking for a change away from the lofted coats that seemed to get soggy in the rain (and were hot when active). Decided to switch it up and really enjoyed the comfort of this jacket, to me on par with a light weight down, maybe a tiny bit heavier. The water resistance ... Read Morewas worth it as it totally beaded up and kept me dry. The jacket also was surprisingly light for how warm it was, but didnt leave me feeling clammy. This jacket combines the best of all worlds and only a slight increase in weight. I was looking at the Arcteryx Beta AR and went with this instead. Pound for pound and much stronger buy.
This jacket fits okay without anything in the pockets - and it is difficult for my husband to get his 2nd arm into the jacket. Zipped up it looks fine but getting it there with previous arm surgery is difficult. And putting anything - glass cases, sets of keys and cell phone - in the pockets is so tight that it doesn't look good. We like the ... Read Morejacket but would like to have a Large!
Great Jacket but Brushed Jersey lined Collar wears out
This is my 2nd Isthmus Jacket and my everyday go to jacket. AND the Brushed lined Jersey Collar WEARS OUT...over time. Patagonia need to use mid weight fleece that holds up over time. This could be a 5 star jacket but needs to have the jersey collar fixed and add Velcro adjustable cuffs instead of metal snap cuffs
Response from PatagoniaOctober 28, 2020
We appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback on ways to improve our gear. We've looped our design team in regarding your suggestions. We are so sorry to hear that portions of your favorite jacket aren't lasting over time. All of our gear is backed by our Ironclad Guarantee and you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it under warranty.
Fits well and works great
I always have a hard time finding jackets small enough for me so that I don't lose most of my heat. This jacket fits perfectly and doesn't impede my movement either. It's warm enough, though the sleeves seem to be much less warm and are noticeably thinly lined. The outer fabrics seems to be a higher quality than similar jackets I hav... Read Moree tried on. Even though it is a parka, it's not that long which I like, and I love that I can use the second main zipper to make the front open more, which helps me get into pockets and move my legs more.
Versatile - great for midwest dadventures
30-50˚ F temps seem to be the norm in the Cleveland area and this jacket is great for that range. The material has a durable exterior and soft interior - it is warm enough but not too heavy. Has been extremely durable and hasn't hel any stains. The double pockets at the bottom front are excellent: keys and junk in the top – hands the others. I... Read More also have kids and a wife who always seem to give me something to carry so those buttoned pockets are used more than I could have imagined. The negatives: It's a kind of noisy jacket material on the outside. Not a deal-breaker but worth pointing out. It seems especially noisy when wearing the hood. Also: there was a definite scent that has lasted quite a while - also not worth knocking off a star but might bother some.
I live in California and don't do too much cold weather stuff, so when I had a trip booked to Montreal and realized the temps were going to be in the teens, I went searching for an appropriate jacket. I am about 5'8" and 150 lbs. I bought a medium and it fits great, with enough room underneath for layers like sweater, vest, shirt, et... Read Morec. This is a very well made jacket and I like that so many of the materials are recycled and it is fair trade sewn. I always feel deeply compromised buying clothing made with synthetic materials in sweatshops. Other aspects I like are: pockets you can put your hands in also pockets with secure flaps above the hand pockets for gloves, hats, etc. inside pocket hood has no string to get messed up later. hood stays securely on your head as long as the jacket is zipped up. water repellent, so I can use it in California coastal winter.
New Favorite Jacket
Definitely the new favorite. I live at 8200' in the Colorado mountains and this jacket has been great for anything above 20 degrees and still good below that with layers. Better to layer in this climate as the temps swing widely. I really like the abrasion resistance and quilted interior. I'm bored with puff jackets and never cared for th... Read Moree delicate material so this fits the bill. I'm 5'8" with slightly broad shoulders so the large fits better than the medium. Sleeve length is perfect and so is the overall jacket length. A taller person might want something longer.
Great quality jacket
This is a great jacket. I'm 6'0", weigh 165 lbs, and a size medium fits me perfectly. I like the outside vertical pockets on it that come in addition to the hand warmer pockets. The jacket is a little lighter than I was expecting but it is still very warm. The zippers and buttons are all great quality as you would expect from Patago... Read Morenia.
Great mid weight
I have a 30 year old heavy duty Patagonia winter coat that will last another 30 if I do. I have several other lightweight up and this Patagonia slides right under my heavyweight and has kept me toasty warm so far. Great length and weight. Excellent design on the pockets and has an inside zipped pocket I love. The hood actually fits pretty well and ... Read MoreI can tweak that adjustment still. You can't go wrong with this one or with Patagonia in general.
This jacket hit all the marks for me. Being a Californian, real weather doesn't happen all that often. I needed a jacket I could use for those few months of the year in a more casual setting. I didn't need another micro puff or other technical piece. I just needed something for getting the kids to school, going out for a beer, heading to ... Read Morea conference, etc. If course, I wanted something made to last, with a lookAnd construction that will last me years, if not decades. This jacket had done all that. Save the technical jackets for technical weekends.
Stylish yet functional urban / daily wear jacket
This is my third Patagonia product. Normally i was buying a size S (I am 165 cms tall with chest size of 36 inches and waist measuring 29 inches and i weigh 69 kg) but this time i decided to size down and i can say the XS fits me so much better. Even with a base layer / t-shirt and a woollen sweater the fit is snug without being tight. I still have... Read More room to add another inner layer. The sleeves are a tad long by about half an inch or so but with the snap button option on the cuff opening this is not a problem. Would suggest sizing one size down if you prefer form fitting jackets. If you like your jacket to be more roomier and baggy then i guess stick to your standard size. This is a very stylish urban setting jacket which i guess you can wear to more dressier occasions as well since the fabric and fit is very stylish. But it also looks and feel rugged enough for a walk in the woods. This brings me to the Sediment color which i opted for. I had read several reviews from people not happy who felt the color was more military olive green than brown. Actually the color in the picture on the website is absolutely a true reflection of the actual color. This is not a typical brown. However its also not also olive green. But because the fabric used has a sheen i can well understand why some people have said its more olive green than brown. But in truth it's sediment color as clearly mentioned on the website. Its a stunner and i just love it. My wife saw the jacket and immediately said she loved the color. The pockets have a soft jersey lining and the zips are very sturdy. Enough space to carry a small bottle in one external pocket and gloves plus keys in another. That still leaves you with an internal pocket which can easily hold a mobile phone and wallet.
Lightweight but still warm
Nice jacket. It is light and comfortable but is still warm. Wore in weather in the mid to high 30's and in the 40's. My activity was minimal but I was still warmer than I was in my previous jacket from Bean's that was a little heaver weight. Fit was good also. I also like the fact you can remove the hood. Overall a nice jacket.
Stylish and Functional
As a new resident of the Pacific Northwest, I was looking for a functional jacket that provided warmth and weather-resistant material. I decided on the Isthmus Jacket and I'm so happy with my decision. The jacket is well crafted, a perfect fit, provides plenty of warmth, and does well repelling the Seattle rain. Not only does the jacket look g... Read Morereat, but it's also incredibly functional with its large top-entry pockets, hand-warmer side pockets, and detachable hood. And it's made by a legendary environmental champion to boot? If you're looking for a versatile jacket, do yourself a favor and choose Patagonia's Isthmus jacket and support the environment in the process.
My 12yo son loves it,dark ash color is green
My adolescent son wears a coat all the time,and he is really particular about which coat he wants. Coat shopping is a stressful task given all of his requirements: slick liner (no fleece!),lots of large pockets,fits a lanky kid,can withstand serious abuse and constant wear. After rejecting several other jackets,my son loved this one and started we... Read Morearing it immediately. He chose the dark ash color,which we called brown,but it's actually green as other reviewers noted. Wishing this came in a bright color,since he commutes on his bike to school every day. The XS fits him perfectly; he's around 5'5" and 115 lbs. I used the sizing tool on the Patagonia site to decide. Fingers crossed that this jacket can withstand the abuse for a couple of years!
Nice but the color is not right
As other reviewers have said,the Dark Ash color is definitely olive green,not brown as shown in the photo. Patagonia definitely needs to fix this by providing a more representative product photo. Despite the color issue,it seems to be a nice,durable,warm jacket. I was looking for a less-technical jacket to wear around town and this seems to do th... Read Moree job. I just wish it was brown,not green.
Dark Ash is definitely Green.
I haven't had a chance to wear the jacket yet,but I wanted to second what Lenny said. I ordered the dark ash thinking it would be a shade of brown (as it looks in the pictures). It's definitely green. I like the green enough to keep it,but I was a little disappointed. It'd be nice if they'd take some new pictures that show the t... Read Morerue color. The fit is nice,though,and I think I'll love the jacket once it gets cold enough for me to try it out.
Great, stylish jacket but a WARNING
I didn't have a ton of time with this jacket and I'll explain why in a minute, but for when I did use it, it was very warm. I was out in maybe 25 degrees and perfectly fine. It looks great, the style is timeless. Fit is a bit large but still fit fine, I am somewhat between sizes. I liked that the wrists had adjustable tabs, I did not expe... Read Morect that. The material seemed very durable and possibly weather resistant, could probably shed a light shower. Here's the issue: I ordered the dark ash, expecting the deep tan you see on the screen, kind of a ranch style rugged color, what I got was clearly a hue of green. It wasn't the wrong shade, no no, it was a completely different color. Wrong shade I could have lived with. This green does not show up from the colors listed, but I found what matched it almost exactly, on the Isthmus Parka, the industrial green looks exactly like it. I had no desire to look GI draped in olive drab, I wanted a brown work coat, and this is why I promptly returned it. If it had come in the correct color, or even better a lighter shade of brown, I would have undoubtedly kept it, everything else was exactly what I was looking for. So because it was my personal opinion and really not an issue if you know ahead of time, I am still giving this 5 stars.
Excellent all purpose winter jacket!!!
I was looking for a new go-to winter jacket. Something for when the weather was a bit colder,but not extremely cold. Something with more durability than a puffer. Something all purpose. This is what I chose. It was an excellent choice! This jacket is comfortable yet rugged enough,it has kept me nice and warm in very cold days,but not overly warm so... Read More that I overheat when it's borderline warm out. I think it is a great deal price wise too. Very versatile,great fit,has everything I need. I'm so glad I purchased this jacket,and I highly recommend it!
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