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Sherpa Adventure Gear Karma Jacket – Product Review

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The Sherpa Adventure Gear Karma Jacket – So soft and cozy I never wanted to take it off!

When I ordered the Karma Jacket I was looking for a multi-purpose layer to wear under a light rain jacket or parka, depending on whether I was hiking an urban trail or heading up to snow. The Karma jacket really fit the bill!

The Sherpa Adventure Gear Karma Jacket
The Sherpa Adventure Gear Karma Jacket takes on Mount Rainier. Seams are off the shoulders increasing comfort under pack straps.

Sizing

I typically wear a Medium shirt, and would recommend a Large in the Karma jacket if you plan to wear a heavy sweater or shirt underneath. I ordered a Medium and found the fit roomy enough (jacket provides underarm gussets) to allow athletic movement, even with a long sleeve t-shirt underneath. I have long arms and found the sleeve length to be adequate whether I was using the thumb holes or not.

Features

Since I was planning to layer the Karma Jacket, I appreciated that the jacket fabric, a high performance two-sided fleece, provided a smooth outer surface which slid easily against other layers and didn’t grab or bunch up when I put on my rain jacket. Also, the seams of the Karma jacket are placed off the tops of the shoulders for non-chaffing comfort under pack straps.

There is a medium sized media pocket on the sleeve with an internal access point to plug in headphones. The media pocket was too small for my large iPhone, but can easily accommodate smaller devices. Speaking of pockets, I’m really a big fan, and was pleased to find external zippered pockets as well as roomy internal pockets.

Sherpa Adventure Gear Karma Jacket
The Sherpa Adventure Gear Karma Jacket is packed with pockets to keep you organized when you are on the go.

 

Materials

The Karma jacket is 100% polyester two-sided fleece brushed on both sides for comfort and warmth. The fabric wicks moisture away from the body, keeping you dry and cool. I appreciated the wicking as well as the anti-stink Polygiene® antimicrobial technology since I tend to run hot and sweat a fair amount.

Recommendation

The Karma jacket is very versatile. I have worn it on chilly days over a t-shirt, around the house or running errands and love the soft fabric, vibrant color and colorful details. I’ve also worn it during early morning runs on damp grey Seattle days, appreciating the light-weight warmth.  And finally, I’ve worn it as a layer under a heavier coat in cold weather, finding it provided great insulation from the cold.  I highly recommend the Karma jacket and find the combination of features, makes it a valuable addition to an active wear wardrobe. It’s easy to care for and always looks good.

Extra credit: I was especially pleased to see that sales from Sherpa Adventure Gear supported youth programs in Nepal. For every garment Sherpa Adventure Gear sells, a donation is made to provide scholarships to children who grow up in remote Himalayan villages. I also appreciated that the company is environmentally conscious, they are committed to constantly improving the environmental impact of sourcing, manufacturing, packaging, distribution and recycling efforts throughout all phases of their business.

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