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Patagonia Frozen Range Review

The best choice for a fashion-forward and high-performance winter jacket, with a high price tag
Patagonia Frozen Range
Credit: Sam Willits
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Price:  $699 List | $524.25 at Backcountry
Pros:  Fashionable, warm, weatherproof
Cons:  Expensive, controversial hood
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 23, 2022
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#3 of 17
  • Warmth - 25% 8.0
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 8.0
  • Comfort - 20% 7.0
  • Style - 20% 8.0
  • Features - 10% 7.0
  • Durability - 5% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Patagonia Frozen Range Parka is a warm and stylish winter jacket that narrowly missed out on the Editors' Choice award. With full down insulation and a fashion-forward design, this jacket should be a top contender for those who spend their winters in cold and snowy urban centers. However, the same features render this product less versatile than other jacket styles. It is an excellent jacket for urban winters where snow is the norm and rain is less common. The Frozen Range Parka will keep you warm, dry, and looking good through the coldest days of most winters in North America.

Editor's Note: The Patagonia Frozen Range review was updated on February 23, 2022, with the addition of tips on what we would buy and more details to compare products.

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Pros Fashionable, warm, weatherproofDurable, clean looking, warm, weather resistantWarm, long hem, comfortable hood, great featuresWarm, lightweight, comfortableWarm, weather resistant, durable
Cons Expensive, controversial hood“Crinkly” shell fabricBulky, faux fur hood is polarizingNot that durable, minimal featuresNot very breathable, limited color options
Bottom Line The best choice for a fashion-forward and high-performance winter jacket, with a high price tagThis 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 Patagonia Frozen Range Arc'teryx Camosun P... The North Face McMu... Rab Neutrino Pro REI Co-op Stormheng...
Warmth (25%)
8.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Weather Resistance (20%)
8.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
8.0
Comfort (20%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Style (20%)
8.0
10.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Features (10%)
7.0
6.0
8.0
5.0
7.0
Durability (5%)
9.0
10.0
9.0
5.0
7.0
Specs Patagonia Frozen Range 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 2.76 lbs. 2.14 lbs. 3.55 lbs. 1.38 lbs. 1.94 lbs.
Pockets 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 external zippered chest, 1 interior drop-in 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 One rear drawcord 3 adjustable drawcords Rear drawcord 2 side drawcords, rear velcro 3-way adjustable
Baffle Type Interior baffles 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 Shell: 4 oz 75-denier 100% recycled polyester Gore-Tex 2L, Lining: 100% recycled polyester ripstop with DWR finish N150p-x Gore-Tex 2L DryVent 2L 100% nylon Pertex Quantum HydroWall 2L

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Patagonia Frozen Range Parka packs high-quality down insulation into a burly Gore-Tex shell and does it with style to boot. It is a fully-featured winter jacket that performs well in most cold and wintery environments, from slushy days on the streets to the bitter, dry, and cold winds of the Rocky Mountains.

Patagonia Frozen Range winter jacket - the frozen range is perfectly suited to bitter cold mornings around...
The Frozen Range is perfectly suited to bitter cold mornings around town.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Performance Comparison


This jacket stood out from the competition and nearly took home the Editors' Choice Award. If the style of this jacket is appealing, look no further.

Patagonia Frozen Range winter jacket - this is a stylish and well-built parka from patagonia.
This is a stylish and well-built parka from Patagonia.
Credit: Sam Willits

Warmth


This jacket scored highly for warmth compared to most other jackets in our review, scoring 8 out of 10. The Frozen Range Parka features lots of high-quality, 700-fill power packed into interior baffles, which means there are no thin spots in the insulation.

Patagonia Frozen Range winter jacket - thick baffles of 700-fill power down will keep you warm all winter...
Thick baffles of 700-fill power down will keep you warm all winter long.
Credit: Sam Willits

Down baffling continues through the hood, including an interior rib of down insulation around the neck, taking up any empty space inside the jacket and preventing cold air from entering through the top of the coat. The long hem provides warmth for the lower torso. This jacket is certainly warm enough for most winter conditions, especially if you start with a solid base layer. However, if you are one of the few that must weather the most extreme winters on earth, check out the Top Pick for Extreme Cold, the Canada Goose Expedition Parka.

Patagonia Frozen Range winter jacket - this internal, down-insulated neck rib was appreciated in cold and...
This internal, down-insulated neck rib was appreciated in cold and windy weather.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Weather Resistance


This jacket features a coarse, burly Gore-Tex shell with fully taped seams and a highly protective hood to seal out any rain and snow, and block the wind with ease. We had no issues with water making its way through the jacket, and it earned an 8 out of 10 for weather resistance.

Patagonia Frozen Range winter jacket - the frozen range's thick and durable gore-tex shell repels all...
The Frozen Range's thick and durable Gore-Tex shell repels all liquid water with ease.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

The long hem and stretch-knit storm cuffs add weather protection. The hood's unique "snorkel" design provides a significant distance between wind or precipitation and the sensitive skin of the nose and face, a feature many testers love.

Patagonia Frozen Range winter jacket - patagonia's "snorkel" hood design defends the face from wind, rain...
Patagonia's "snorkel" hood design defends the face from wind, rain, and blowing snow.
Credit: Sam Willits

One downside is the lack of any synthetic insulation in this jacket. When water makes its way into down insulation, the feathers can quickly lose their loft, bunch together, and lose their insulating properties. The Frozen Range shell will keep most water out of the jacket, but perspiration or light precipitation entering through the neck and pockets is inevitable. We wish Patagonia had included some moisture-resistant synthetic insulation around the neck and shoulders of this jacket.

Comfort


Overall, this is a well-fitting jacket that is easy to wear. It earned a 7 out of 10 for comfort, but some features get in the way of a perfect fit. The jacket is neither too slim nor too baggy, making it very comfortable when putting it on for the first time. The shell fabric is stiff but doesn't feel nearly as plasticky or crinkly as other models. The stiffness of the shell can be felt when bending over or sitting down, but the 2-way main zipper allows for opening the bottom of the jacket to increase mobility. The down baffled neck rib and stretch-knit cuffs are cozy.

Patagonia Frozen Range winter jacket - stretchy and soft storm cuffs seal in warmth, and are very...
Stretchy and soft storm cuffs seal in warmth, and are very comfortable.
Credit: Sam Willits

Each handwarmer pocket has a small mesh cell phone pocket sewn into the lining, which gets in the way of a comfortable hand-warming experience. When the front zipper closes completely, the hood's brim is pulled into the back of the head due to the elongated snorkel design of the hood. These two features are slightly distracting but, overall, aren't that big of a deal.

Patagonia Frozen Range winter jacket - the brim of the hood makes contact with the back of your head when...
The brim of the hood makes contact with the back of your head when the jacket is zipped up.
Credit: Sam Willits

Features


This jacket provides an adequate amount of features to make life easier in winter, earning a 7 out of 10 in this metric. Two large handwarmer pockets with soft woven linings provide refuge for cold fingers, but the mesh cell phone slots are overkill. There is no insulation between the outer shell and the pockets, and we often wished for gloves instead. The insulated and spacious chest pocket is cleverly hidden behind the large front zipper flap and provides plenty of room for modern smartphones. On the inside, the large elastic stash pocket has plenty of room for a pair of gloves, hat, scarf, or other winter essentials.

Patagonia Frozen Range winter jacket - the external chest pocket has plenty of room for a phone, keys, or...
The external chest pocket has plenty of room for a phone, keys, or wallet, and the zipper is hidden by the button flap.
Credit: Sam Willits

The hood was the most controversial feature of this jacket amongst our testers. The design may make or break the jacket in the eyes of most potential users. The snorkel design provides a large distance between the outside world and the face of the wearer, providing excellent protection from blowing snow and biting winds. It is clear that Patagonia designed this hood for the stormy winters of Chicago, Boston, and New York City. However, it can block all peripheral vision and is a questionable style choice, in our opinion.

Patagonia Frozen Range winter jacket - the internal stash pocket can hold whatever you happen to be...
The internal stash pocket can hold whatever you happen to be carrying this winter.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Style


The Frozen Range Parka is designed with fashion in mind, and it earned an 8 out of 10 for style. It stands out from other products in this review as a sharp-looking jacket that is equally at home on Fifth Avenue as it is on the streets of Aspen. Style is personal, and this jacket is proof of that, as some will be enticed by its design, and others will immediately look elsewhere.

Patagonia Frozen Range winter jacket - this sharp and elegant parka scored highly in the style metric.
This sharp and elegant parka scored highly in the Style metric.
Credit: Sam Willits

The jacket's cut, optional front button closure, and long hem suggest a trench coat look, and the snorkel hood is unique and polarizing. Our testers were dubious at first about the style of the hood, but over time, they warmed up to it and even appreciated the way this jacket stands out in a crowd. For this reason, this jacket scored highly in the Style metric, but not as high as the more universally styled Arc'teryx Camosun Parka.

Patagonia Frozen Range winter jacket - the hood design on the patagonia frozen range gave some of our...
The hood design on the Patagonia Frozen Range gave some of our testers pause.
Credit: Sam Willits

Durability


This jacket is bomber. The robust shell fabric feels tough and is resistant to catching, tearing, and staining. The interior polyester fabric is thin but doesn't come into contact with any zippers, and none of the zippers in this jacket ever caught on nearby material during our test. The hood adjustment cord is hidden underneath a durable fabric panel and won't get snagged on anything. Overall, it earned a 9 out of 10 for durability.

The apparent weakness to the durability of this jacket is the large buttons, which are attached with a small sewn fabric strand. These buttons have the potential to get hung up when picking up the coat or walking through crowds. However, there is a stylistic component to them, and the front flap does a good job of protecting the buttons when not in use. Thin mesh cell phone slots in the handwarmer pockets are also a weak point and sometimes get caught on metal keyrings or car keys. These features prevented this jacket from being rated as durable as the Arc'teryx Camosun Parka or the Canada Goose Expedition Parka.

Patagonia Frozen Range winter jacket - the large buttons featured on the front of this coat are elegant...
The large buttons featured on the front of this coat are elegant, but they are also the most likely part of the jacket to get caught and tear off.
Credit: Sam Willits

Should You Buy the Patagonia Frozen Range?


Keeping the cold at bay while keeping you looking sharp, the Patagonia Frozen Range Parka is an excellent winter jacket that barely missed the Editors' Choice Award. It is warm, comfortable, weather-resistant, and incredibly durable; almost everything we could ask of a solid winter coat. If the style of this jacket appeals to you, put it at the top of your list.

Patagonia Frozen Range winter jacket - the kenny factor in full effect.
The Kenny factor in full effect.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

What Other Winter Jackets Should You Consider?


This well-constructed jacket is more expensive than any other option in our review except for the Canada Goose jackets. However, Patagonia is known for its quality, consistency, and warranty, meaning that this jacket can be considered a long-term investment that will protect you for many winters to come. Plus, the urban style of this jacket can compare to much more expensive tailored jackets from mainstream fashion brands. But if the style is not your top priority, you may be better off looking elsewhere. While a bit pricey, our Editors' Choice Camosun Parka is slightly more affordable than the Range jacket and is more versatile and durable. If you are looking for a budget option that will keep you just as toasty and protected, the The North Face McMurdo Down Parka is one of our favorite options.

Jeff Dobronyi
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