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Patagonia Jackson Glacier Review

A mid-weight insulated jacket, suitable for shoulder seasons or milder winter climates.
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Price:  $349 List | $349.00 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Soft construction, water and stain resistant outer
Cons:  Not as warm as most, limited waterproofness
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 11, 2018
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  • Warmth - 25% 5
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 3
  • Comfort - 20% 9
  • Style - 20% 9
  • Features - 10% 5
  • Durability - 5% 8

Our Verdict

We tested the best of the best winter jackets for 2018. Every product we assessed is worthy of your consideration. Consider the Jackson Glacier from Patagonia if you are looking for sharp-looking casual wear for all but the coldest of conditions. Some jackets are more insulated than the Glacier, and some will certainly better protect against wet weather. However, for most purposes, the Jackson Glacier has a place.

Color Updates
The olive color we tested is no longer available. See a current color offering in the photo above.


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Pros Soft construction, water and stain resistant outerDurable, clean looking, warm, weather resistantFashionable, warm, weatherproofThree jackets in one.Warm, long hem
Cons Not as warm as most, limited waterproofness“Crinkly” shell fabricExpensive, controversial hoodRelatively confining fit in combined mode for the amount of warmth it provides.Bulky, small hood
Bottom Line A mid-weight insulated jacket, suitable for shoulder seasons or milder winter climates.Near perfection in a winter coat, at a premium price.The best choice for a fashion-forward and high-performance winter jacket, with a high price tag.A unique product in a crowded field, the Tres stands out for great construction and modular versatility.A budget-conscious jacket for those in the coldest regions.
Rating Categories Patagonia Jackson Glacier Arc'teryx Camosun Parka Patagonia Frozen Range Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka McMurdo Parka III
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Specs Patagonia Jackson... Arc'teryx Camosun... Patagonia Frozen... Patagonia Tres... McMurdo Parka III
Down Fill Power 600 750 700 700 550
Total Weight (pounds) 1.88 lb 2.14 lb 2.76 lb 2.94 lb 3.55 lb
Pockets 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 zippered internal media 2 zippered hand & 1 internal security 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 external zippered chest, 1 interior drop-in 5 (Outer Shell: 2 zippered hand-warmer, one external chest. Inner: 2 hand w/zip, 1 interior w/zip) 2 chest height, zippered handwarmers, 2 exterior top-entry Velcro flap pockets, 1 sleeve, 1 interior media pocket, and 2 side-entry waist handwarmers
Hood Yes Yes (removable) Yes Yes (removable, uninsulated) Yes (removable)
Hood Adjustments 3 Hidden adjustment cords 3 adjustable drawcords One rear drawcord 3 adjustable drawcords Rear drawcord
Baffle Type Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric Interior baffles Sewn-through innner layer Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric
Main Fabric 2-layer 50D 100% polyester with a DWR finish N150p-x Gore-Tex 2L Shell: 4 oz 75-denier 100% recycled polyester Gore-Tex 2L, Lining: 100% recycled polyester ripstop with DWR finish H2No Performance: 2-layer, 6.7-oz 100% polyester stretch twill DryVent 2L 100% nylon

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Patagonia Jackson Glacier Jacket is warm, cozy, and simple. Our testers dug its style and comfort, and the insulation is just warm enough for most people's use.

Performance Comparison


We score products in weighted categories. We then sum these scores to generate an overall, numerical ranking. We know that we've done a good job with our scoring metrics when the hierarchy of products as scored "objectively" match the general impression we generate as a team. The Patagonia scoring near the middle of the pack is not surprising in the least. Others are more polished or warmer, while about half are less so.

Casual  classic styling blends in.
Casual, classic styling blends in.

Warmth


The Jackson Glacier is the lightest sort that we still consider to be a full-function winter parka. The less insulated pieces in our review all receive "caveats" in their respective reviews. Insulation is relative and somewhat subjective, but we have the opportunity to make direct comparisons between these products. We employ a team of testers, in a variety of conditions, making immediate comparisons between products. In this way, we generate the relative warmth scores our table reports.

The Jackson Glacier is warmer than four pieces, including the Top Pick for the "barely-winter" climates of southern latitudes Columbia Mission Air Interchange 3-in-1. The Jackson Glacier is similar in insulating value to Arc'teryx's Fission SV. The Jackson Glacier is all anyone should need in all but the coldest weeks in the United States "Lower 48". For extended time in the coldest conditions, something like the or the Top Pick Canada Goose Expedition Parka will be warmer.

Patagonia and Arc'teryx hoods are world class. No other hoods in our test seal as well nor do they stay out of your way as well.
Patagonia and Arc'teryx hoods are world class. No other hoods in our test seal as well nor do they stay out of your way as well.

Weather Resistance


Patagonia employs the best water repellent coating in the business. Somehow, over the course of years now and through multiple review categories, our testers have always found the outer fabric and the coatings of Patagonia clothing to be remarkably water-resistant. It is the water-resistant coating of the outer fabric that makes water "bead up." Rub it in, let it sit, and spend enough time out and about, and water will still soak in. However, Patagonia products better resist this soaking-in than any others we use, perennially. This is good, in this case, because beyond the water-repellent coating, the Jackson Glacier has little to protect against wet weather. It protects enough, but the full Gore-Tex construction of the Arc'teryx Camosun is more protective than the Jackson Glacier.

Comfort


The entire construction of the Jackson Glacier is soft. The outer, the inner, and the insulation are cozy and tender. Our testers loved these textures. The fit is unconfining and close. For the size, the Jackson Glacier runs small. Our 5'10", 165-pound lead test editor is almost exactly "medium" in virtually every clothing category. In the Jackson Glacier jacket, he preferred a size large.

Only the Best Buy Marmot Fordham ties the Jackson Glacier for comfort. Both are made of light and soft fabrics and insulated with down insulation - surely a recipe for comfort.

As a puffy winter jacket  we'd prefer the fit to be a little looser. Size up if you are similar.
As a puffy winter jacket, we'd prefer the fit to be a little looser. Size up if you are similar.

Features


The Glacier is a simple jacket. It has a basic pocket set and a brilliant hood. The feature set is comparable to that of the Woolrich Bitter Chill and the Editors' Choice Arc'teryx Camosun. The double-digit pocket count in the Top Pick Canada Goose Expedition Parka is dizzying when compared to the Jackson Glacier.

The simple knit cuff inside the sleeve can be set up to seal over a glove. It is easier  though  to do so with Velcroed cuffs. The knit cuffs are great for casual usage.
The simple knit cuff inside the sleeve can be set up to seal over a glove. It is easier, though, to do so with Velcroed cuffs. The knit cuffs are great for casual usage.

Style


Our lead test editor tells an anecdote that summarizes the muted style of the Jackson Glacier jacket. He wore it for a few social engagements over a couple of weeks in November of 2017, but no one commented. He then switched to the bolder styled Woolrich Bitter Chill. A keen observer noted that he had switched and said, "that's nice, but what about that green one you always wear?". The Jackson is sharp enough to be memorable, but not so bold as to elicit immediate comment. At least on our main tester, the Patagonia Jackson Glacier had a familiar, easy style.

Durability


Down insulation and seemingly stain-resistant fabric means that the Jackson Glacier should last the owner for years. A model like this will not see very much rugged use. If you will work in your winter jacket, something with a more robust outer layer is likely a better choice.

Value


Construction quality is great. This competitor will last years and years of regular use. Additionally, Patagonia is known for a good warranty. Consider that its price is sandwiched right between both of our Best Buy winners. Both of our Best Buy winners are warmer (with The North Face McMurdo III Parka being quite a bit warmer), but the price point is right.

Conclusion


Warm bloods in cold climates or cold bloods in southern latitudes will dig the style and function of this parka. It is not quite insulated enough to receive any of our awards, but it is worth considering nonetheless.


Jediah Porter