The Tres 3-in-1 Parka is an all-purpose winter jacket that can be disassembled to provide a down sweater and separate shell jacket. Or it is a comfortable, cozy down sweater and a well-made rain jacket that can be combined for cold and nasty weather. Wear just the inner on crisp fall and spring days. Wear just the shell when it's raining but not yet freezing. No matter how you look at it, the Tres is unique and useful. Other jackets are warmer and other jackets are more comfortable, but the Tres fills a niche for many users.
Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Three jackets in one.
Cons: Relatively confining fit in combined mode for the amount of warmth it provides.
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|Pros||Three jackets in one.||Durable, clean looking, warm, weather resistant||Fashionable, warm, weatherproof||Wet-weather ready with the best handwarmer pockets in the review||Warm, long hem|
|Cons||Relatively confining fit in combined mode for the amount of warmth it provides.||“Crinkly” shell fabric||Expensive, controversial hood||Synthetic insulation will break down with time||Bulky, small hood|
|Bottom Line||A unique product in a crowded field, the Tres stands out for great construction and modular versatility.||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 moderately insulated, wet weather thorough-bred, the Fission SV is purpose built for wet and cold climates.||A budget-conscious jacket for those in the coldest regions.|
|Rating Categories||Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka||Arc'teryx Camosun Parka||Patagonia Frozen Range||Arc'teryx Fission SV||McMurdo Parka III|
|Weather Resistance (20%)|
|Specs||Patagonia Tres...||Arc'teryx Camosun...||Patagonia Frozen...||Arc'teryx Fission SV||McMurdo Parka III|
|Down Fill Power||700||750||700||Synthetic Coreloft||550|
|Total Weight (pounds)||2.94 lb||2.14 lb||2.76 lb||1.99 lbs||3.55 lb|
|Pockets||5 (Outer Shell: 2 zippered hand-warmer, one external chest. Inner: 2 hand w/zip, 1 interior w/zip)||2 zippered hand & 1 internal security||2 zippered handwarmer, 1 external zippered chest, 1 interior drop-in||2 zippered hand, 2 zippered chest, 2 internal mesh||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 (removable, uninsulated)||Yes (removable)||Yes||Yes||Yes (removable)|
|Hood Adjustments||3 adjustable drawcords||3 adjustable drawcords||One rear drawcord||3 adjustable drawcords||Rear drawcord|
|Baffle Type||Sewn-through innner layer||Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric||Interior baffles||Synthetic batting||Sewn-through under an outer shell fabric|
|Main Fabric||H2No Performance: 2-layer, 6.7-oz 100% polyester stretch twill||N150p-x Gore-Tex 2L||Shell: 4 oz 75-denier 100% recycled polyester Gore-Tex 2L, Lining: 100% recycled polyester ripstop with DWR finish||N40r GORE-TEX 2L
N70p GORE-TEX 3L
|DryVent 2L 100% nylon|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Tres is the only 3-in-1 down parka we tested in this review. We like it. The utility is nice, but it comes with some inherent tradeoffs. Read on as we compare the Tres to the rest of this strong field. It compares in overall construction (that 3-in-1 design) to The North Face Arrowood Triclimate. But, it is more nicely made, better protects in wet weather, and includes down insulation while these other two insulate with fleece. Overall, the Patagonia is nicer than the other three in one style jackets.
With down insulation and more-than-average layers of fabric, the Tres delivers a warm score in a svelte-looking package. The insulation is entirely concentrated in the inner, hoodless "down sweater." However, additional warmth is provided by the air space between sweater and shell, as well as the multiple layers of fabric in the shell piece. The sum is roughly similar to the warmth of Top Pick Arc'teryx Fission SV. The top of the heap Editors' Choice Arc'teryx Camosun and Best Buy Marmot Fordham are both a little warmer. The main drawback in terms of warmth of the "three-in-one" design is that the hood ends up uninsulated. On the Tres, this is noticeable. The hood protects against wind and rain but lets the warmth slowly seep out.
The shell of the Tres is made of Patagonia's proprietary, waterproof/breathable laminated fabric they call H2No. The seams are all sealed and the zippers are waterproof. Only the Arc'teryx jackets and the Haglofs Torsang offer similar protection. For shelter from the gnarliest wind and precipitation, the Tres is immaculately equipped. The hood design complements the fabric with protective and sealing function.
The inner part on its own is as comfortable as any jacket reviewed. It is essentially a down sweater hanging lightly and warmly on your frame. The shell of the Tres on its own is similarly loose and free, but made of stiffer materials. The catch, comfort-wise, when choosing a three-in-one style jacket, is that all the extra layers of fabric and zippers make for a more confining construction. For the warmth and protection provided by the Tres, other jackets are far more comfortable.
The North Face McMurdo is way warmer and feels similarly confining to the doubled-up Tres. For this level of warmth and protection, the Arc'teryx Fission SV is far more comfortable than the combined version of the Tres. Separate the layers, however, and you return to a comfy jacket providing freedom of motion.
The three-in-one status of the Patagonia Tres is its most notable feature. The option to use just the shell, just the inner layer, or both together is a huge benefit. Beyond that, the hood is effective, the pocket set is useful, and the various hem and cuff seals are solid. The other highly weather protecting jackets in our review, like the Arc'Teryx Fission SV, do not offer as many features as the Tres.
This is decidedly an urban coat. The lines are clean, and the hardware is metal. The cut is long and generous, sometimes confining motion but always looking great. We mentioned that there are drawbacks to the three-in-one style jacket, and style is one of them. When you separate the layers and wear just the outside, the shell hangs loosely and looks too big. In order to size the coat for comfortable "unified" wear, this baggy shell fit is inevitable.
The smooth style is most similar to that in the Editors' Choice Camosun. In some ways, the smooth style of these two will also appeal to those that dig the old school look of the Fjallraven Greenland or the Patagonia Isthmus.
In assessing durability, we look for tight seams, heavy fabrics, and long-lasting insulation. The down used in the Tres' inner jacket will last a long time if properly cared for. The shell is constructed of beefy fabrics and sewn together with careful Patagonia craftsmanship. We have no reservations about the durability of the Tres 3-in-1 Parka. We anticipate the Tres to be similar in durability to the Camosun or Marmot Fordham.
Just like the name says, with three jackets in one the value quotient of the Tres is worth noting. Those that live in areas with four true seasons will find a use for all three versions of the Tres. For them, this is worth the relatively high cost of admission.
As a truly unique piece in this high-end field, it is easy for the Tres to stand out. Beyond the unique design, we laud the Tres its for excellent construction.
— Jediah Porter