Canada Goose Hybridge Perren - Women's Review
Cons: Heavy, stiff, not versatile for active use
Manufacturer: Canada Goose
Our Analysis and Test Results
In our experience, Canada Goose had always made a high-quality jacket. The Hybridge Perren is no exception. In this review, it suffered when pitted against some seriously mountain-savvy jackets, but for an urban adventure coat, it might fit the bill.
The Hybridge Perren uses high quality 800 fill down, and a variety of thick, durable fabrics, such as soft shell with microfleece lining, which make this jacket feel warmer than the loft and overall thickness of the jacket might imply. It performed very well in the wind, though it is shorter in torso length than most of the jackets in this review, and it does not have an adjustable drawcord at the bottom hem to seal out cold drafts.
We liked the internal gussets in the cuffs, which also helped seal out the cold, as well as the high collar. The hood is not insulated, it is just an emergency shell zipped into the collar, but we appreciated the option to bust it out in inclement weather. The Hybridge is not the warmest for its weight; a great option for warmth is the Arc'teryx Cerium.
At 13 ounces for a size small, this was one of the heaviest jackets in this review. This is due to the use of a variety of fabrics, including some breathable and flexible softshell fleece which is a nice addition for comfort but adds a lot of weight. Otherwise, the use of 800 fill down improves the jacket's compressibility and helps keep it lighter. The Hybridge is also a relatively heavy jacket, meant more for urban use than for backcountry. A good urban/backcountry crossover is the Kuhl Spyfire.
Similar to the Weight metric above, the Hybridge Perren also suffered in Compressibility due to the bulkier soft shell fleece material. The 800 fill down is plenty compressible, but there is a lot of soft shell in this jacket which makes it bulkier. Just as this jacket is not light, it is not compressible, due to the heavy, thick, durable fabrics.
The Hybridge Perren sports a lot of clever features. We love hoods, and they put an emergency storm hood in the collar so that it doesn't detract from the style of the jacket. The collar is also very tall, which makes it feel much cozier even without a warm, insulated hood to nestle into.
The cuffs have gussets that help seal out the cold, a very nice and ergonomic shape, and a zipper to make them looser or tighter around your wrist. There is a small mesh pocket inside the jacket, great for a phone or small wallet. We also really liked the fleece lining in the hand pockets.
The jacket sports a variety of fabrics and baffle sizes that help improve the mobility of the jacket; however, overall, this model still felt quite stiff, so it would not be our go-to sport or mountain jacket. The Hybridge has a number of features, some of which may be more than you need. For a mastery of features, we like the Arc'teryx Cerium, winner of our Editors' Choice award.
This contender is highly durable. The Tri-Durance PF fabric is rugged, and the outer shell is thick and strong. This is a model that could hold up well to rock climbing and some serious abuse in the mountains, however, it was too stiff to wear for most of our mountain sports. We liked it for light hiking or snowshoeing and cross-country skiing where you don't have to make a lot of big movements. The Hybridge is very durable; if this is your first priority, we'd also recommend The North Face Aconcagua.
The Perren sloughed off light rain very well; with the hidden storm hood, we felt very confident that we could weather the weather on our commute while dashing from office to coffee shop. As always, we advise a good rain or hard shell if you plan to hike or walk for lengths of time in the rain, as it will reduce the lifespan of the down if you get it wet repeatedly. A down jacket is not meant to be waterproof, but the Hybridge does pretty well. For an even better performance rating in this category, as well as a more well-rounded product, we love the Arc'teryx Cerium.
The Hybridge Perren looks very sharp. It has a stylish design and is made of very durable materials which looked just as new at the end of this review.
The Perren is a great business casual model for those who commute in cities with gnarly and cold weather. It's not the warmest jacket for those bitter cold days, but a good choice for those days dipping closer to freezing.
At $775, this is by far the most expensive jacket in this review. Given its limitations, we don't think this jacket is a good value. If you like the brand and the style, however, it might be a good fit.
The Hybridge Perren is very well made and stylish, but heavy and bulky to make it hard to use for climbing and backpacking. It feels relatively stiff but would do well enough for hiking trips or for those living in urban environments.
— Lyra Pierotti