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Canada Goose Expedition Parka Review

Ridiculously warm, this bulky jacket is for the high end user in extremely cold climates and conditions
Canada Goose Expedition Parka
Credit: Canada Goose
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Price:  $1,695 List | $1,695.00 at Backcountry
Pros:  Incredibly warm, many pockets, great features
Cons:  Bulky, too warm and heavy for most users
Manufacturer:   Canada Goose
By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 23, 2022
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  • Warmth - 25% 10.0
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 7.0
  • Comfort - 20% 4.0
  • Style - 20% 4.0
  • Features - 10% 10.0
  • Durability - 5% 10.0

Our Verdict

Does a temperature of -5 degrees F mean a warm day to you? Do you wake up in the dark to go outside to clear the driveway with a snow blower? If this is starting to describe a typical winter day for you, you might be interested in what the Canada Goose Expedition Parka can offer. This burly winter parka provides incredible warmth and function in severe conditions, designed for polar expeditions and long, frigid snowmobile commutes in the cold northern latitudes. It is undoubtedly the most niche jacket in our review and is likely too much jacket for a lot of people, and many would be better off choosing a different product. But if you are looking for the ultimate in cold weather protection, our Top Pick for Extreme Cold will fit the bill.

Consider Donating to Polar Bears International with PBI Expedition model
The Expedition Parka is part of a line of custom products that donates a part of your purchase to Polar Bears International. PBI is a non-profit organization that strives to protect polar bears and the habitat crucial to their survival. For a little extra, the Canada Goose PBI Expedition Parka comes in a signature royal blue. A Polar Bears International patch is sewn on the right shoulder, and your contribution to the future of a vulnerable species.

Editor's Note: The Canada Goose Expedition Parka review was updated on February 23, 2022, with additional sections on the products we would buy for ourselves and what we would recommend to others.

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Pros Incredibly warm, many pockets, great featuresDurable, clean looking, warm, weather resistantWarm, long hem, comfortable hood, great featuresWarm, lightweight, comfortableWarm, weather resistant, durable
Cons Bulky, too warm and heavy for most users“Crinkly” shell fabricBulky, faux fur hood is polarizingNot that durable, minimal featuresNot very breathable, limited color options
Bottom Line Ridiculously warm, this bulky jacket is for the high end user in extremely cold climates and conditionsThis stylish jacket is the closest thing to perfection we have testedA warm, stylish, and budget-conscious jacket for those in the coldest regionsA warm, comfortable, and lightweight down parka that is ideal for winter hiking and outdoor activitiesA versatile and high-performance winter jacket with plenty of warmth and weather protection, at a great price
Rating Categories Canada Goose Expedi... Arc'teryx Camosun P... The North Face McMu... Rab Neutrino Pro REI Co-op Stormheng...
Warmth (25%)
10.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Weather Resistance (20%)
7.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
8.0
Comfort (20%)
4.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Style (20%)
4.0
10.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Features (10%)
10.0
6.0
8.0
5.0
7.0
Durability (5%)
10.0
10.0
9.0
5.0
7.0
Specs Canada Goose Expedi... Arc'teryx Camosun P... The North Face McMu... Rab Neutrino Pro REI Co-op Stormheng...
Down Fill Power 625 750 550 800 850
Total Weight 4.46 lbs. 2.14 lbs. 3.55 lbs. 1.38 lbs. 1.94 lbs.
Pockets 4 zippered exterior, 4 exterior velcro (lower exterior torso pockets are half-fleece lined), 2 arm, 1 zippered interior 2 zippered hand, 1 internal security 2 chest height, zippered handwarmers, 2 exterior top-entry Velcro flap pockets, 1 sleeve, 1 interior media pocket, and 2 side-entry waist handwarmers 2 zippered hand, 1 internal chest 5 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 2 internal)
Hood Yes Yes (removable) Yes (removable) Yes Yes
Hood Adjustments Adjustable bracing wire and face opening drawcords. 3 adjustable drawcords Rear drawcord 2 side drawcords, rear velcro 3-way adjustable
Baffle Type Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric Twisted arm baffle Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric
Main Fabric Arctic-Tech, coyote fur around hood N150p-x Gore-Tex 2L DryVent 2L 100% nylon Pertex Quantum HydroWall 2L

Our Analysis and Test Results

Weighing in at 4 pounds 9 ounces, the Canada Goose Expedition Parka is the most substantial and bulkiest jacket in our winter jacket review. The reason for this weight is the immense amount of 625-fill-power duck down and the heavy-duty Arctic-Tech outer shell material. Storage is not an issue with a total of 10 exterior pockets, with a mix of zipper and Velcro closures, as well as one interior zippered pocket. Additional features like a snow skirt and best-in-the-business hood make this jacket one of the most effective dedicated winter parkas out there.

Performance Comparison


Like many specialized products, the very excellent Expedition Parka doesn't rank very high in our lineup. The overall performance of a product like this involves inherent compromises. Warmer jackets are less comfortable, for instance. The Expedition Parka optimizes for warmth at the expense of other things, hence the less-than-stellar overall scoring.

Canada Goose Expedition Parka winter jacket - the hood and high collar work together to block out the coldest wind...
The hood and high collar work together to block out the coldest wind and blowing precipitation.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Warmth


Unless you want to zip yourself into a full-body Himalayan down suit, you would be hard-pressed to find a warmer jacket elsewhere. It earned one of the best scores in this metric. During our review, we saw temperatures from 40 down to -10. This coat was comfortable while standing around but was too hot when doing something active like shoveling snow. This warmth comes from 625-fill-power duck down. Although it is not the highest quality down available, the amount of down fill is the root of this parka's warmth.


It has a full-length parka with a snow skirt and an insulated hood lined with genuine coyote fur that is roomy enough to fit a beanie under. This jacket does an excellent job of trapping body heat and keeping cold out. Long rib-knit cuffs provide a superb seal while allowing gloves to be worn over the top. The only cold spots we could find were in the outer pockets, which are non-insulated. While we liked the warmth offered by this model, the Marmot Fordham is a much more versatile insulated jacket and one-quarter the price.

This jacket's warmth is nearly matched by the highly technical Feathered Friends Khumbu Parka, but the Canada Goose Expedition is much more durable.

Canada Goose Expedition Parka winter jacket - even light duty snow shoveling can generate enough heat to overwhelm...
Even light duty snow shoveling can generate enough heat to overwhelm someone wearing the Expedition Parka.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Weather Resistance


The Arctic Tech fabric that constitutes the outer shell of the jacket is coated with a DWR treatment, which is unsurprising given this jacket's intended environment. It is one of the more wind and waterproof options.


While able to shed snow and sleet, the fabric did begin to show wetting in prolonged exposure to moisture. Again, if it is raining, it is probably way too warm to wear this parka, so it is unlikely you will find this a problem. Because it's meant to be used in the coldest of cold climates, it will be overkill in areas with more temperate winters.

Canada Goose Expedition Parka winter jacket - the huge cuff allows for even the biggest gauntlet style mitts to be...
The huge cuff allows for even the biggest gauntlet style mitts to be used with ease.
Credit: Jen Reynolds

The integrated snow skirt keeps updrafts from entering from below. An insulated adjustable hood with coyote fur trim keeps the face warm and is less ticklish and more resistant to freezing up than the faux fur trim of the The North Face Gotham III.

Canada Goose Expedition Parka winter jacket - the "snow skirt" is something we expect on ski resort specific...
The "snow skirt" is something we expect on ski resort specific jackets. In this context, it makes sense to lock in that valuable heat.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Comfort


We like the recessed rib knit cuffs that provide a snug fit and the soft real coyote fur trim around the hood. The Expedition is a beast of a jacket, though, and its bulk makes it tough to sit down comfortably while wearing it. Also, due to the volume, exertion is laborious. Again, though, you are unlikely to be exerting a high amount in this jacket, as you will be just too warm. It earned a relatively low score for comfort.


The size of the front zipper means that not only will it be durable, but it is also much easier to operate with gloves on than any of the other jackets, including its close competitor, the Feathered Friends Khumbu Parka. Our Editors' Choice winner, the Arc'teryx Camosun, and Best Buy winner, Marmot Fordham, scored the same in this metric and are suitable in a much broader range of conditions than the Expedition Parka, which is only comfortable until it is uncomfortably warm.

Canada Goose Expedition Parka winter jacket - while this jacket is really bulky, it doesn't seem all that bad when...
While this jacket is really bulky, it doesn't seem all that bad when wearing insulated pants and winter boots.
Credit: Jen Reynolds

Features


Features? You name it. This jacket has it.


The hood uses a three-way adjustable drawcord to keep the snow and wind from whipping you in the face and is lined with real coyote fur to provide more protection. The waist also uses a drawcord, although the fabric is so bulky that it is hard to cinch tight. A Velcro snow skirt wraps tight around the inside waistband, keeping you dry when riding fast on a snow machine or walking out into the whipping snow.

Canada Goose Expedition Parka winter jacket - look at all those pockets! you can carry a whole day's supplies in...
Look at all those pockets! You can carry a whole day's supplies in the pockets of this parka.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Canada Goose put every bell and whistle it could on this parka, and although a researcher in the Antarctic may find a use for the ten exterior pockets, the average consumer will be hard-pressed to use them all. The only feature we wished for is an extra-large interior pocket for a thermos, gloves, or goggles.

Canada Goose Expedition Parka winter jacket - there are lot of pockets on this jacket!  top load, side zipper, you...
There are LOT of pockets on this jacket! Top load, side zipper, you name it.
Credit: Jen Reynolds

Canada Goose Expedition Parka winter jacket - the huge and protective hood of the canada goose expedition parka...
The huge and protective hood of the Canada Goose Expedition parka does the job, but some will object to the use of real coyote fur.
Credit: Jediah Porter

Style


This Canada Goose jacket has a unique style. It might have an application in specific casual settings, but this is a functional parka designed primarily for cold, inhospitable conditions that do not demand a flattering fit. It earned a score on the lower end of the group.


The cut is boxy and allows for plenty of layering underneath, and although it hits mid-thigh like the Arc'teryx Camosun, it does not have any of the high fashion of the more casual trench coats reviewed. Some may find the use of real animal fur unappealing, in which case the faux fur trim used on jackets such as The North Face McMurdo may be a better option. The excellent, non-furred hood of the Marmot Fordham is also ideal.

Canada Goose Expedition Parka winter jacket - while this jacket offers more overall protection from the elements...
While this jacket offers more overall protection from the elements than any other parka we reviewed, it's not the most "stylish."
Credit: Will Dean

Durability


The Expedition Parka is a tank, and we did not experience any abnormal wear and tear issues during our test.


The zippers on this jacket are some of the largest on the market, and the Velcro closures are burly and held up well to the stresses of the massive outer fabric. With a lifetime guarantee, one can be assured that their investment is protected.

Canada Goose Expedition Parka winter jacket - we loved the burly shell fabric for hard-working chores in brutally...
We loved the burly shell fabric for hard-working chores in brutally cold temps.
Credit: Meagan Buck Porter

Should You Buy the Canada Goose Expedition Parka?


The Canada Goose Expedition is one of the warmest and most burly jackets available. It will keep you warm and happy if you have to spend extended time outside in the winter, whether you live in Fairbanks, AK, or Ithaca, NY. Despite being a niche parka compared with many others in this review, only the thin-skinned Khumbu can compare when it comes to warmth, which is why we've made this jacket our Top Pick for Extreme Cold. There is a reason why Canada Goose parkas have such a dedicated following.

Canada Goose Expedition Parka winter jacket - shoveling snow in the front walkway is almost too much for this...
Shoveling snow in the front walkway is almost too much for this jacket. We quickly overheated thanks to the large amounts of down fill. This parka is better suited to more sedentary pursuits in really cold climates.
Credit: Jen Reynolds

What Other Winter Jackets Should You Consider?


The Expedition is the most expensive jacket in our review. Although it is a significant investment, this is a jacket that should last for many years of use and is likely less costly than layering two or more lighter-weight jackets together. However, it is overkill for the majority of outdoor enthusiasts. But don't worry, if you are looking for a jacket to keep you warm, other, less aggressive options may be better suited to everyday use, and you don't have to spend thousands to purchase one. The REI Co-op Stormhenge Down Hybrid Parka is a great all-around jacket that earned above-average scores in almost every metric and manages to keep the cost down. If you want something more stylish, the Arc'teryx Camosun Parka is our top-ranked option in this review.

Jediah Porter
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