Isis Whisper Coat Review
When it comes to cold weather, Isis has you covered with their Whisper down products. Isis offers a solution for all of your active and casual needs with the Whisper Jacket, Whisper Hoodie, Whisper Hoodie Vest, and Whisper Coat.
A few years back, I reviewed the shorter-length Whisper Hoodie, and this year I had the opportunity to try out the Whisper Coat. The Whisper Coat is geared toward casual use, yet packs some great features that you typically find only in active jackets. For starters, the Whisper Coat has excellent warmth-to-weight ratio, something I don’t typically expect from a long down coat. The Whisper Coat weighs a touch over 1 lb* and features 650 fill goose down that has kept me toasty on single-digit, early morning strolls with the dogs in Colorado’s high country. A detailed quilting pattern helps reduce the bulk and allows the down to remain equally distributed, two important features in my book.
Like many active down jackets, the Whisper Coat comes with a stuff sack, and can be compressed into a small package for easy travel. The photo does not do it justice; the actual dimensions when compressed are approximately 4 inches x 12 inches. I utilized this feature and took the coat in my carry-on when I headed to the Midwest for a quick trip. If you like to keep a warm coat in the car “just in case”, the Whisper Coat would be great peace of mind and easily stows out of the way.
The Whisper Coat has a longer center drop than any other coat that I own; the length is 34.5 inches, and hits just about mid-thigh on me (I am 5’9”). This added length helps to seal out the frigid air, and keeps my backside warm. It also comes in handy when wearing a skirt or dress to work because of the added coverage. Other features that I found helpful to keep me warm were the adjustable hood, elastic no-frill cuffs, DWR finish (water repellent), and a draft flap. The draft flap is an extra piece of fabric that lies behind the zipper, preventing air from entering the tiny zipper holes. I have worn the jacket out during a snowstorm and stayed dry after about 30 minutes in the elements (I cannot speak to the water repelling capability beyond that time frame). You will be pleased to know that, when it is cold enough to zip the coat all the way up, there is a super soft chin guard that buffers your chin against the zipper. Two zippered pockets along each hip, and an inner zippered security pocket round on the features.
Like all Isis outerwear, the Whisper Coat is available in size 2 to 18. I really like this feature because it allows the wearer to get a more customized fit than the standard XS to XL sizing system. Utilizing the size chart, my measurements would dictate a size 6. However, I went to a local outfitter prior to ordering the coat, and found that a size 4 was more to my liking. I think this was more of a personal choice because I like more slim-fitting jackets. Even in the size 4, I can still wear a sweater or other mid-layer underneath with room to spare. Therefore, unless you will be layering heavily underneath, you may want to size down for a streamlined fit. The Whisper Coat is cut with a female body in mind and I found it to be very flattering in all of the right places, especially the curve the jacket makes just around the true waist, and then the widening around the hips. The coat is easy to walk in and does not restrict your movement, while sitting down is also a cinch.
The Whisper Coat is available in four different colors: Eggplant (dark purple), Moroccan blue (green-blue), Cinnabar (burn orange), and Black. The inside of the jacket is a fun pattern with lots of color to enhance the feminity. In years past, the lining pattern and colors varied with the color of the jacket. This is no longer the case, but also not a drawback in my opinion.
Overall, the Isis Whisper Coat is a feminine, warm, full-length coat that is also super light and compactable, making it a handy addition to your winter wardrobe.
*Weighed at the grocery store, no weight information provided by Isis