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Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber Review

A rugged, warm jacket with limited but impassioned appeal
canada goose chilliwack bomber winter jacket review
Credit: Canada Goose
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Price:  $1,325 List | $1,325.00 at Backcountry
Pros:  Rugged, warm, blue collar styling
Cons:  Polarized style, super expensive
Manufacturer:   Canada Goose
By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 23, 2022
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RANKED
#15 of 16
  • Warmth - 25% 8.0
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 6.0
  • Comfort - 20% 3.0
  • Style - 20% 3.0
  • Features - 10% 7.0
  • Durability - 5% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Canada Goose Chilliwack is a high-end interpretation of a blue-collar staple. The ridiculously warm and durable bomber style winter jacket 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. The Chilliwack is a natural choice if you have the means and dig this form and style. However, you will likely not find it functional in every situation and will have to supplement with a range of other jackets.

Editor's Note: The Canada Goose Chilliwack review was updated on February 23, 2022. We included more information on which products we would buy and help to make better recommendations for you.

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Pros Rugged, warm, blue collar stylingFashionable, warm, weatherproofWarm, long hem, comfortable hood, great featuresWarm, weather resistant, durableInexpensive, warm enough, comfortable, stylish
Cons Polarized style, super expensiveExpensive, controversial hoodBulky, faux fur hood is polarizingNot very breathable, limited color optionsNot weather resistant, few features
Bottom Line A rugged, warm jacket with limited but impassioned appealThe best choice for a fashion-forward and high-performance winter jacket, with a high price tagA warm, stylish, and budget-conscious jacket for those in the coldest regionsA versatile and high-performance winter jacket with plenty of warmth and weather protection, at a great priceWarm, stylish, and inexpensive, this jacket gets the job done at a low price
Rating Categories Canada Goose Chilli... Patagonia Frozen Range The North Face McMu... REI Co-op Stormheng... Tommy Hilfiger Men'...
Warmth (25%)
8.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Weather Resistance (20%)
6.0
8.0
6.0
8.0
4.0
Comfort (20%)
3.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
Style (20%)
3.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
Features (10%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
3.0
Durability (5%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Specs Canada Goose Chilli... Patagonia Frozen Range The North Face McMu... REI Co-op Stormheng... Tommy Hilfiger Men'...
Down Fill Power 625 700 550 850 Synthetic
Total Weight 2.89 lbs 2.76 lbs 3.55 lbs 1.94 lbs 1.84 lbs
Baffle Type Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric Interior baffles Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric Sewn through
Main Fabric Arctic-Tech
85% polyester / 15% cotton with DWR finish
Shell: 4 oz 75-denier 100% recycled polyester Gore-Tex 2L
Lining: 100% recycled polyester ripstop with DWR finish
DryVent 2L 100% nylon HydroWall 2L 100% Nylon
Hood Yes Yes Yes (removable) Yes Yes
Hood Adjustments Adjustable face opening drawcords and rear strap One rear drawcord Rear drawcord 3-way adjustable 2 side drawcords
Pockets 2 external zippered, 2 velcro handwarmer, utility pocket on left sleeve, 1 flap-closed internal 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 5 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 2 internal) 2 external hand, 1 zippered interior

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 excellent. 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 chilliwack bomber winter jacket review - 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.
Credit: 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, even if you have only a thin layer on underneath.

canada goose chilliwack bomber winter jacket review - the high collar and long cuffs lock out the weather.
The high collar and long cuffs lock out the weather.
Credit: 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, and this jacket is made to withstand temperatures found in that area. 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 in which you encounter fluffy snow rather than liquid water.

canada goose chilliwack bomber winter jacket review - 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.
Credit: 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 more extended design.

canada goose chilliwack bomber winter jacket review - 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.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Features


The possible features of a winter jacket include the pocket selection, hood, 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 jacket that elicited equally impassioned feedback was the Editors' Choice Arc'teryx Camosun Parka.

canada goose chilliwack bomber winter jacket review - the utilitarian style of this jacket is complemented by bombproof...
The utilitarian style of this jacket is complemented by bombproof construction.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Durability


The Chilliwack is a durable jacket. The rugged construction and down insulation could withstand even the harshest 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.

Should You Buy the Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber?


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. It is a luxury item, and we only recommend it to those who already have well-equipped winter wardrobes and are looking for some punch style to turn heads on the street.

What Other Winter Jackets Should You Consider?


We dig the Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber. Although it did not rank very high compared to other winter jackets we tested, we are happy with its performance overall. Our testers were polarized on the style and fit, but no one could refute the warmth and durability. The price is absurdly high, but if it tickles your fancy, you're likely to look straight past that number. If a piece like this doesn't fit in your budget, but you still want something warm and relatively stylish, you can look at the Editors' Choice Arc'teryx Camosun Parka.

Jediah Porter
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