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Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka Review

This heavily-featured and weather-resistant parka will keep you warm and dry in stormy winter climates
Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka
Credit: Outdoor Research
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Price:  $499 List | $349.26 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Great features, good weather resistance, durable
Cons:  Could be warmer, bulky
Manufacturer:   Outdoor Research
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 15, 2022
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RANKED
#9 of 17
  • Warmth - 25% 6.0
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 8.0
  • Comfort - 20% 6.0
  • Style - 20% 6.0
  • Features - 10% 9.0
  • Durability - 5% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka is a warm and weather resistant jacket with tons of pockets and urban styling. It has enough down insulation to keep you warm on most days of winter in the average winter climate, and a Gore-Tex membrane in the shell to keep water from penetrating. It isn't the warmest or most weather resistant jacket on the market, but it gets the job done. It is heavy and bulky, but most trench-style jackets are, due to the thick and slightly uncomfortable shell material. However, this shell also fends off sharp surfaces and adds durability. The style is urban, and doesn't turn heads, but it looks decent on the winter streets. For users looking for an urban-styled trench coat that also has some high-performance attributes, this jacket is a good choice.

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Pros Great features, good weather resistance, durableDurable, clean looking, warm, weather resistantWarm, long hem, comfortable hood, great featuresWarm, lightweight, comfortableWarm, weather resistant, durable
Cons Could be warmer, bulky“Crinkly” shell fabricBulky, faux fur hood is polarizingNot that durable, minimal featuresNot very breathable, limited color options
Bottom Line This heavily-featured and weather-resistant parka will keep you warm and dry in stormy winter climatesThis 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 Outdoor Research St... Arc'teryx Camosun P... The North Face McMu... Rab Neutrino Pro REI Co-op Stormheng...
Warmth (25%)
6.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Weather Resistance (20%)
8.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
8.0
Comfort (20%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Style (20%)
6.0
10.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Features (10%)
9.0
6.0
8.0
5.0
7.0
Durability (5%)
9.0
10.0
9.0
5.0
7.0
Specs Outdoor Research St... Arc'teryx Camosun P... The North Face McMu... Rab Neutrino Pro REI Co-op Stormheng...
Down Fill Power 700 750 550 800 850
Total Weight 2.89 lbs. 2.14 lbs. 3.55 lbs. 1.38 lbs. 1.94 lbs.
Pockets 2 snap hand, 2 zippered chest, interior zip chest, 1 interior mesh 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 Front chordlocks 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 Polyester N150p-x Gore-Tex 2L DryVent 2L 100% nylon Pertex Quantum HydroWall 2L

Our Analysis and Test Results

It's not every day that we see a winter jacket with urban looks, technical features, and good overall performance.

Performance Comparison


Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka winter jacket - the outdoor research stormcraft down parka has urban style with...
The Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka has urban style with technical features for above-average performance.
Credit: Sam Willits

Warmth


The OR Stormcraft Parka is insulated with 700-fill power down, which is packed into baffles underneath the hardshell exterior. The result is a jacket that is warm enough for most winter weather, though there isn't enough insulation to keep users warm on truly frigid days. We felt warm enough down to about 15 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 Celsius). The hood and sleeves don't feel all that warm, but the torso insulation gets the job done. This jacket is plenty for most urban winters, but users in frigid climates will need more insulation.

Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka winter jacket - down baffles throughout the torso provide warmth underneath the shell.
Down baffles throughout the torso provide warmth underneath the shell.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Weather Resistance


The Stormcraft features a Gore-Tex waterproof/breathable membrane in the burly shell fabric, allowing air to escape from within, but preventing water from penetrating the down baffles. Down loses its insulating properties when wet, and although the fabric is waterproof, the handwarmer pockets aren't. This weak spot doesn't affect the jacket's performance in most weather, but during serious downpours, water can get in and soak the down feathers. The hood is large but is hard to sinch tightly. The elastic sleeve gaskets are great at preventing wind and cold from penetrating through the wrists.

A large hood offers shelter from harsh winter weather in the...
A large hood offers shelter from harsh winter weather in the Stormcraft.
Elastic wrist cuffs keep wind and rain out of the sleeves on the...
Elastic wrist cuffs keep wind and rain out of the sleeves on the Stormcraft.

Comfort


This jacket is bulky, and the shell fabric feels thick and canvasy. It is stiff to the touch and, like other trench coats, the parka feels like a big blanket that weighs the user down. The stiff material is irritating to the chin, even though a small fleecy fabric patch is placed at the top of the front zipper. In general, wearing this jacket feels cumbersome compared to other jackets we have reviewed, but it feels similar to other heavy, urban winter jackets.

Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka winter jacket - a fleece patch is does little to remedy the stiff and uncomfortable...
A fleece patch is does little to remedy the stiff and uncomfortable feel of the thick shell fabric against the face.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Style


The Stormcraft is styled to fit into urban environments and city winters. It has a bulky, boxy cut, large cargo hand pockets, and a long hem. A long front zipper flap is easily noticed in the front of the jacket, and the dual external zippered chest pockets also stick out. This mix of technical and trench coat features produces a slightly odd look, but the jacket doesn't garner much attention in the first place. Overall, we received mixed opinions on the style of this parka, but nobody thought it deserved any fashion awards.

Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka winter jacket - with urban style features and some technical highlights, the...
With urban style features and some technical highlights, the Stormcraft doesn't seem to fit in perfectly in either world.
Credit: Sam Willits

Features


This parka is loaded with useful features. It has two handwarmer pockets on each side, one top entry, and one side entry. There are also two external chest pockets with waterproof zippers, which honestly is overkill, but still notable. On the inside, there is one zippered chest pocket and one mesh stash pocket. This jacket has tons of storage space. The wrist cuffs have elastic gaiters and the long hem can be tightened with a drawcord.

Two entry points into the external handwarmer pockets are neat, but...
Two entry points into the external handwarmer pockets are neat, but overkill. We used the side-entry openings more often on the Stormcraft.
A large internal stash pocket holds all kinds of winter accessories.
A large internal stash pocket holds all kinds of winter accessories.

Durability


Like most urban parkas, the Stormcraft has a thick shell that feels like canvas and resists snagging and tearing when in contact with sharp edges. The front zipper features large teeth for easy opening and closing, and the front flap protects the zipper from damage. The chest pocket zippers feel solid. The down insulation will last longer than the synthetic insulation found in other jackets.

Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka winter jacket - the stiff and thick face fabric may be uncomfortable, but it sure is...
The stiff and thick face fabric may be uncomfortable, but it sure is durable. The OR Stormcraft fends off sharp objects and surfaces with ease.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Should You Buy the Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka?


With technical features and urban styling, the Stormcraft doesn't cut any corners and the relatively high price reflects this commitment to performance. This winter jacket isn't cheap, but it has durable features and good weather protection, as well as long-lasting warmth for most winter climates. If you like the style and are willing to pay a premium for technical features, this jacket represents a decent value and will be a good investment.

What Other Winter Jackets Should You Consider?


The Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka has technical features like high-quality down insulation and a Gore-Tex membrane, in a jacket with urban styling and tons of features. If you're looking for something with a similar urban styling that performs a little better, check out the Patagonia Frozen Range, and if you're looking for something a bit more affordable, take a look at the Best Buy Award-winning REI Co-op Stormhenge Down Hybrid Parka. Some high-end options that are a little lighter-weight with excellent weather resistance are the Editors' Choice Arc'teryx Camosun Parka or the high-scoring Arc'teryx Thorsen Parka.

Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka winter jacket - the outdoor research stormcraft down parka is a good option for...
The Outdoor Research Stormcraft Down Parka is a good option for users who want an urban-styled jacket with the performance of a technical shell.
Credit: Sam Willits

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