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Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber Review

A rugged, warm jacket with limited but impassioned appeal
Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber
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Price:  $875 List | $875.00 at Backcountry
Pros:  Rugged, warm, blue collar styling
Cons:  Polarized style, super expensive
Manufacturer:   Canada Goose
By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 11, 2018
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  • Warmth - 25% 8
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 6
  • Comfort - 20% 3
  • Style - 20% 3
  • Features - 10% 8
  • Durability - 5% 9

Our Verdict

The Canada Goose Chilliwack is a high-end interpretation of a blue-collar staple. The ridiculously warm and durable bomber jacket style fills a niche that might just appeal to you. At this price, the Chilliwack does not have a deep customer base, but there is nothing else like it on the market. If you have the means and dig this form and style, the Chilliwack is a natural choice. Our Editors' Choice, the Arc'teryx Camosun is also a high-end piece of equipment, at a slightly lower cost and with broader appeal.

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Pros Rugged, warm, blue collar stylingDurable, clean looking, warm, weather resistantWarm, weather resistant, very stylishFashionable, warm, weatherproofWarm, long hem, comfortable hood, great features
Cons Polarized style, super expensive“Crinkly” shell fabricLight on featuresExpensive, controversial hoodBulky, faux fur hood is polarizing
Bottom Line Durable warmth in a form that is costly and bold - which just might appeal to youCrème de la crème of winter coats, this model outperformed the others overallA stylish long-hemmed parka with excellent warmth and weather resistanceA good choice for staying warm and looking good, but you'll have to fork over a hefty chunk of cashExtreme cold weather protection with a relatively affordable price tag
Rating Categories Chilliwack Bomber Arc'teryx Camosun Parka Arc'teryx Thorsen Parka Patagonia Frozen Range McMurdo Down Parka
Warmth (25%)
8
7
8
8
9
Weather Resistance (20%)
6
9
9
8
6
Comfort (20%)
3
8
8
7
7
Style (20%)
3
10
9
8
7
Features (10%)
8
6
5
7
8
Durability (5%)
9
10
9
9
9
Specs Chilliwack Bomber Arc'teryx Camosun... Arc'teryx Thorsen... Patagonia Frozen... McMurdo Down Parka
Down Fill Power 625 750 750 700 550
Total Weight (pounds) 2.89 lb 2.14 lb 2.44 lb 2.76 lb 3.55 lb
Pockets 2 external zippered, 2 velcro handwarmer, utility pocket on left sleeve, 1 flap-closed internal 2 zippered hand, 1 internal security 2 hand zip, 1 internal zip 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 external zippered chest, 1 interior drop-in 2 chest height, zippered handwarmers, 2 exterior top-entry Velcro flap pockets, 1 sleeve, 1 interior media pocket, and 2 side-entry waist handwarmers
Hood Yes Yes (removable) Yes Yes Yes (removable)
Hood Adjustments Adjustable face opening drawcords and rear strap 3 adjustable drawcords 3 adjustable drawcords One rear drawcord Rear drawcord
Baffle Type Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric Interior baffles Interior baffles Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric
Main Fabric Arctic-Tech
85% polyester / 15% cotton with DWR finish
N150p-x Gore-Tex 2L 2L Gore-Tex Shell: 4 oz 75-denier 100% recycled polyester Gore-Tex 2L, Lining: 100% recycled polyester ripstop with DWR finish DryVent 2L 100% nylon

Our Analysis and Test Results

In our overall scoring, the Chilliwack is nothing special. Remember, though, that every product that makes it into an OutdoorGearLab review is an excellent product. Because we buy the products we test and dedicate many resources to our comparative testing regimen, we are quite selective. We keep tabs on the entire market and select only the best available. If we were to compile a scoring chart of the whole spectrum of available winter jackets, the Chilliwack Bomber's relative score would look very different. It would be near the top, with the only products beating it being the same products that surpass it in this select list.

Performance Comparison


Canada Goose clothing is marked by excellent hoods. The hood of the...
Canada Goose clothing is marked by excellent hoods. The hood of the Chilliwack is no exception.
Photo: Jediah Porter

Warmth


Canada Goose is known for making incredibly warm jackets. The associations are right there in the brand name. The Chilliwack isn't the warmest jacket they make, but it is still warmer than the most insulating products from some other companies. The Chilliwack is what we'd call a warm "all-around" winter jacket. For even the coldest climates, the Chilliwack Bomber is as insulating as you'll need for walking between transit modes and while taking the dog out to pee.

The high collar and long cuffs lock out the weather.
The high collar and long cuffs lock out the weather.
Photo: Jediah Porter

The Best Buy The North Face McMurdo III Parka has a similar insulation thickness as the Chilliwack, but the cut of the McMurdo extends lower. Overall, therefore, we grant the McMurdo a slightly higher warmth score. The Chilliwack is warmer than most of the jackets we tested.

Weather Resistance


Canada Goose has made the Chilliwack protective enough. Incidentally, "Chilliwack" is a Canadian suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia. The external fabric is waterproof and thick. However, the plethora of seams and pockets, along with the fur-rimmed hood make it inappropriate for the wettest of conditions. Water will get through the seams and mat the fur. A jacket this warm is better suited to the coldest conditions anyway. Conditions in which liquid water is a distant proposition.

The short cut is unique in our test. Some dig the comfort and style...
The short cut is unique in our test. Some dig the comfort and style, while others don't. All notice that the shorter length offers less protection. Thankfully this jacket is plenty warm otherwise.
Photo: Jediah Porter

Comfort


Our review team delivered a mixed bag of feedback on the comfort of the Chilliwack Bomber jacket. The short-torsoed design was the polarizing feature. Long torso testers found the jacket to ride up and leave room for drafts. Others just didn't like the shortcut. A select few, though, liked the unencumbered design of the "bomber" cut. Especially for sitting down in, the shortcut is less confining than a longer design.

For manual labor, the shorter cut allows for a greater range of...
For manual labor, the shorter cut allows for a greater range of motion.
Photo: Jediah Porter

Features


The possible features of a winter jacket include the pocket selection, hood, and associated adjustments, wrist closures, and other protective measures. With these, the Chilliwack is pretty well equipped. First, there are abundant pockets. The cuffs of the Chilliwack are simple stretchy knit cuffs. They keep the warm in and are comfortable.

Style


The Chilliwack Bomber is the most uniquely styled jacket we tested. The pilot "bomber" style is bold and stands out. Universally, the feedback we got was strong. Some liked it while others certainly did not. No one was ambivalent about this Canada Goose product. The only other jacket that elicited such impassioned feedback was the Editors' Choice Arc'teryx Camosun Parka. One observer stated about the Camosun, "whoa, isn't that classy." All others found the Camosun neutral in styling.

The utilitarian style of this jacket is complemented by bombproof...
The utilitarian style of this jacket is complemented by bombproof construction.
Photo: Jediah Porter

Durability


This is a durable jacket. The rugged construction and down insulation could withstand even the most rugged conditions. Unless you are crawling into the engine cowling of a bomber for cold weather repairs, you are unlikely to exert enough force on the Chilliwack Bomber to generate more than superficial wear.

Value


Canada Goose jackets are expensive. There is no way around this fact. Though you get impeccable construction, super-durability, top-notch materials, and high-end performance for the price, we cannot in good conscience call the Canada Goose Chilliwack a "value" choice. This is a luxury item.

Conclusion


We dig the Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber. Our testers were polarized on the style and fit, but no one could refute the warmth and durability. Weather protection is compromised, but you won't use this much in wet climates anyway. The price is absurdly high, but if it tickles your fancy, you're likely to look straight past that number.

Jediah Porter