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Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber Review

A rugged, warm jacket with limited but impassioned appeal.
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Price:  $825 List | $825.00 at Backcountry
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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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RANKED
#12 of 13
  • Warmth - 25% 8
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 6
  • Comfort - 20% 3
  • Style - 20% 3
  • Features - 10% 8
  • Durability - 5% 9

The Skinny

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 over $800, 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. Those that want the absolute warmest jacket you could imagine should check out the Top Pick, and sibling to the Chilliwack, the Canada Goose Expedition Parka. The Expedition Parka brings the same high-end construction and materials with an even warmer construction.


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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


The Chilliwack is warm and rugged, with a loud style. Overall it compares in cut and fashion to the former Best Buy The North Face Gotham III. The Canada Goose is warmer and better in wet weather.

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

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. For more extended forays into the coldest of climates, only the sibling (and Top Pick winning) Canada Goose Expedition Parka is warmer.

The high collar and long cuffs of the Chilliwack Bomber lock out the weather.
The high collar and long cuffs of the Chilliwack Bomber lock out the weather.

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 the rest of the jackets we tested, including the Editors' Choice Arc'teryx Camosun.

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 of the Chilliwack 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 the Chilliwack is plenty warm otherwise.
The short cut of the Chilliwack 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 the Chilliwack is plenty warm otherwise.

Arc'teryx makes the most weather resistant jackets in our test. The Gore-Tex fabric and clean, smooth construction of the Editors' Choice Arc'teryx Camosun and sibling Fission SV keep out the gnarliest of circa freezing wind and precipitation. The North Face Arrowood Triclimate is also better in wet weather than the Chilliwack, but is much much less insulating.

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 of the Chilliwack allows range of motion.
For manual labor, the shorter cut of the Chilliwack allows range of motion.

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. Only the longer award-winning jackets have more pockets, like the Best Buy The North Face McMurdo III and Top Pick Canada Goose Expedition. The cuffs of the Chilliwack are simple stretchy knit cuffs. They keep the warm in and are comfortable. For truly sealing around gloves in nuking weather, the velcro cuffs of the Arc'teryx Fission SV are better. The Editors' Choice Camosun Parka has non-adjustable cuffs, like the Chilliwack. The Camosun cuffs are more carefully tailored, but both perform just fine.

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 the Chilliwack is complemented by bombproof construction.
The utilitarian style of the Chilliwack is complemented by bombproof construction.

Durability


This is a durable jacket. The rugged construction and down insulation could last a lifetime. 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. The same can be said for the Top Pick Expedition Parka from Canada Goose. No other jacket we tested is as durable as either of these siblings parkas.

Best Applications


If the style works for you, this is an excellent all-around cold weather insulator.

Value


Canada Goose jackets are expensive. There is no way around this fact. It is rare in our OutdoorGearLab reviews that a product exceeds the price of Arc'teryx's offering. Canada Goose does it. 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