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Arc'teryx Patera Parka Review

A bomber waterproof winter jacket that you won't overheat in.
By: Liz Williamson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 22, 2018
Price:  $649 List  |  $649.00 at Backcountry
Pros:  Athletic fit, comfortable, warm, waterproof, breathable, sleek
Cons:  Less down in sleeves and hood, non-detachable hood, finicky zipper, expensive
Manufacturer:   Arc'teryx
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  • Warmth - 30% 7
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 7
  • Style - 20% 8
  • Comfort - 20% 6
  • Durability - 5% 8
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Our Verdict

Shoveling the driveway in a snowstorm, or hanging out by a fire won't be a problem in the Arc'teryx Patera Parka. A head turner, to say the least, this sleek yet straightforward knee-length parka is warm, cozy and waterproof, making it a better choice than the Columbia Heavenly or Arc'teryx Darrah. The Patera is a durable and practical winter jacket that can handle stormy conditions, but at the same time, it maintains a simple and sophisticated look.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

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City elegance meets mountain durability in the Arc'teryx Patera Parka. With its classic knee-length cut and sophisticated look, this parka can be easily dressed up for a night on the town, or worn to the gym. The outer shell is made of Gore-Tex and is highly waterproof, as well as durable. Arc'teryx strategically placed 750 fill European down with Coreloft synthetic insulation throughout the jacket, offering technical features to a classy winter jacket.

Performance Comparison


The Patera was in our review two winters ago  and we decided to review it again this year. Unfortunately  it wasn't the warmest or most waterproof jacket we tested  but it was still a stylish and warm contender  and we enjoyed the Caper color.
The Patera was in our review two winters ago, and we decided to review it again this year. Unfortunately, it wasn't the warmest or most waterproof jacket we tested, but it was still a stylish and warm contender, and we enjoyed the Caper color.

Warmth


This jacket initially did a great a job at keeping us warm. Strategic placement of the 750 fill European down in the core and arms is supposed to offer extra warmth, while Coreloft synthetic insulation covers spots that come into contact with moisture, like the sleeves, hem, and collar. These features help add extra warmth where it's needed while eliminating unnecessary bulky down. However, despite all the advances in technology, we could feel the difference in the warmth of our core compared to our arms. We noticed our arms were distractingly colder than the rest of our body, especially in snow and super cold weather.

The knee-length allows for extra warmth and protection when outside in any environment. The waterproof Gore-Tex fabric kept us protected from windy and stormy weather, but the warm down kept us cozy. This a better choice compared to the Legendary Whitetails Anchorage Parka or Columbia Heavenly. We found it almost comparable in warmth to The North Face Metropolis Down Parka II.

The interior of the jacket kept us warm in the core  thanks to the 750-fill-power down  but there wasn't enough of it in the sleeves  and we noticed a distinct difference between the warmth of our body and our arms.
The interior of the jacket kept us warm in the core, thanks to the 750-fill-power down, but there wasn't enough of it in the sleeves, and we noticed a distinct difference between the warmth of our body and our arms.

Weather Resistance


Gore-Tex waterproof fabric treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) on the exterior of the parka allows water to bead up and roll off, which extended our time outside in the elements. These waterproof features make it a better choice than the Patagonia Fiona Down Parka or the Patagonia Down With It Parka. It wasn't as waterproof as our Best Buy winner, the Arctic Parka II.

A Gore-Tex waterproof shell is a great feature  especially for someone living in a wet climate like Seattle. This parka did a great job in stormy conditions. When out in the elements  water beaded up and rolled off the clean  smooth fabric. Saturation eventually occurred after an extended period  but the warmth of the interior down wasn't jeopardized.
A Gore-Tex waterproof shell is a great feature, especially for someone living in a wet climate like Seattle. This parka did a great job in stormy conditions. When out in the elements, water beaded up and rolled off the clean, smooth fabric. Saturation eventually occurred after an extended period, but the warmth of the interior down wasn't jeopardized.

Tested in snow, rain, and wind, the Patera kept us dry and protected. The durable shell, complete with a wind flap covering the zipper, offered exceptional protection in windy conditions. The hood doesn't detach and a bit too big, but there are adjustable cords that allow for a tighter fit in stormy weather. The knee-length cut also offers better coverage and protection than the Arc'teryx Darrah. While testing this parka for an extended period in the heavy rain, the exterior of the jacket became saturated., while the inside remained warm and dry. Tested next to our Top Pick for a Wet Climate, the Patagonia Tres Down Parka, it fell short of a faster saturation rate.

Style


Unlike any other parkas we tested, this one has an athletic fit. We were impressed with the simple, sleek look of this jacket and its plush down interior.

The Patera is the only parka we tested that came with both synthetic and down insulation: down in the core for warmth  and synthetic in the shoulders and sleeves in case of wet weather.
The Patera is the only parka we tested that came with both synthetic and down insulation: down in the core for warmth, and synthetic in the shoulders and sleeves in case of wet weather.

The waterproof fabric maintains a clean and smooth look compared to the Marmot Montreaux or the Rab Deep Cover Parka, which both have the classic "puffy" jacket appearance on the outside. Even though the Patera is considered a casual jacket, it has a sophisticated, technical look, with the features to back it. During testing, we received multiple compliments on the how nicely the jacket fit, and its smooth, straightforward style. The Kensington Parka has a simple look but offers more features and a classic, parka look. It also costs more than $200 more.

This parka was cut in an "athletic" fit  with ample space in the shoulders for ease of movement. It's form-fitting from all angles  urban chic with mountain durability. Note: The hood isn't detachable.
This parka was cut in an "athletic" fit, with ample space in the shoulders for ease of movement. It's form-fitting from all angles, urban chic with mountain durability. Note: The hood isn't detachable.

Comfort


Lined with plush down, the Patera is comfortable and allows you to stay warm while keeping a sleek appearance on the outside.

750-fill-power down oozes comfort and warmth. Plush down runs the length of this cozy parka.
750-fill-power down oozes comfort and warmth. Plush down runs the length of this cozy parka.

The hood is lined with down for extra warmth and comfort and still allows enough room to wear a beanie. The exterior pockets are lined with fleece, which also lines the collar, adding extra warmth and comfort. Because this jacket's outer shell consists of a polyester Gore-Tex fabric, it is soft to touch, but also a bit stiff. With use, the stiffness becomes more comfortable. Knee-length but with a two-way zipper ending mid-thigh, we found this jacket had better mobility than a full-zip knee-length parka, such as The North Face Arctic Parka II or our Best Buy award winner, the Marmot Montreaux.

Features


The athletic fit offers extra room where you need it, allowing for better mobility, which is a great feature for a waterproof winter jacket to have. It made it easier to move around in bad weather while still having a knee-length cut.

A nice feature is the button snap just above the knee. Along with the two-way zipper  there are many options for better mobility. This jacket is highly functional and practical.
A nice feature is the button snap just above the knee. Along with the two-way zipper, there are many options for better mobility. This jacket is highly functional and practical.

Strategic placement of the down is a great feature that Arc'teryx offers. The core and sleeves are filled with 750 geese European down, while under the arms, hem, and collar are filled with Coreloft synthetic down. This equates to less bulk, though we did notice a lack of warmth in the arms! Weighing in at 2lb 2.8 oz, the Patera doesn't feel heavy when wearing it, unlike the Canada Goose Shelburne Parka, which feels like a lot of extra jackets when wearing it and carrying it.

Durability


We tested each contender in rain, snow and everyday use and the Patera proved it was highly durable in any condition. The polyester fabric is smooth, clean, and impenetrable, and we see this jacket holding up well for winters to come. It wasn't as waterproof as our Top Pick for Wet Climate award winner, the Patagonia Tres Down Parka, or our Best Buy, The North Face Arctic Parka II, but we were still impressed.

Best Applications


The Patera is a great all-around winter jacket. It's sleek, smooth, waterproof Gore-Tex fabric makes this jacket a stylish choice for the mild or cold climate that gets stormy weather. It's perfect for commuting to work in stormy weather or walking your dog on a cold day. If you live somewhere that tends to have wet winters versus super cold ones, the Patera may be the one for you. Our Editors' Choice award winner, the Canada Goose Kensington Parka offers great protection from wet weather, despite being only being water-resistant; it's also a warmer jacket.

This jacket is best for mild winters in wet climates  or for those wanting a sleek  form-fitting look.
This jacket is best for mild winters in wet climates, or for those wanting a sleek, form-fitting look.

Value


With a price tag of $649, this parka is expensive. It has a lot to offer but at a high price. If you're looking for a jacket loaded with technical features, it may be worth it to you to spend the extra money. But, do know that higher scorer options exist for a lower cost.

Conclusion


Even though the Arc'teryx Patera didn't receive any awards, we still recognize this as a good choice for a winter jacket in wet climates. Durable and dependable, we wouldn't mind getting stuck in bad weather in this bad boy. Despite the arms being somewhat chilly, there is enough space to wear an extra layer if necessary. With its Gore-Tex waterproof fabric, DWR protective coating, and 750 fill European goose down, this Patera is loaded with technical features and a smooth, sleek appearance!

Liz Williamson

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