Arc'teryx Patera Parka Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Athletic fit, comfortable, stylish, temperature regulating, waterproof
Cons: Sleeves and hem are less insulated, tricky hood tightened, expensive
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|Pros||Athletic fit, comfortable, stylish, temperature regulating, waterproof||Comfortable, durable fabric, awesome pockets, weather-proof and breathable||Flattering, waterproof, durable, three jackets in one, recycled down and polyester||Warm, flattering, cozy, double-sided zipper, functional pockets||Waterproof, windproof, breathable, warm, durable|
|Cons||Sleeves and hem are less insulated, tricky hood tightened, expensive||On the bulky side, face fabric holds onto water||Uninsulated hood, tight shoulders, no two-way zipper on down jacket, tricky pockets||No front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproof||Cold pockets, slightly tight shoulders, and collar|
|Bottom Line||A classically stylish waterproof winter jacket that helps you avoid overheating||An extremely warm, comfortable, stylish, and durable parka with lots of pockets||Wet, sloppy weather doesn't stand a chance against this versatile winter jacket||Serious warmth is packed into this lightweight, flattering, and reasonably priced parka||A warm and waterproof winter jacket that is available at a reasonable price|
|Rating Categories||Arc'teryx Patera Parka||Fjallraven Nuuk - W...||Patagonia Tres 3-in...||Marmot Montreaux||The North Face Arct...|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|Specs||Arc'teryx Patera Parka||Fjallraven Nuuk - W...||Patagonia Tres 3-in...||Marmot Montreaux||The North Face Arct...|
|Insulation and Fill Power||750 fill down||Supreme microloft (100% polyester)||700 fill recycled duck and goose down||700 fill power duck down with water resistant Down Defender||550 fill goose down and recycled polyester insultation|
|Fill Weight||59 g Down, 100 g Coreloft||250 g||150 g||221 g||Down - unavailable, Synthetic - 150 g|
|Hood||Insulated hood||Insulated with detachable faux fur trim||Uninsulated, removable||Insulated, removable, detachable faux fur trim||Adjustable, insulated with removable faux fur trim|
|Pockets||2 handwarmer, 1 internal chest pocket||2 internal, 2 bellows, 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 2 chest||2 zippered handwarmer in shell, 2 zippered handwarmer and 1 internal chest in down liner jacket||2 zippered handwarmer, 2 internal chest (1 zippered)||1 internal, 2 external|
|Weight (size small)||2.0 lbs||3.7 lbs||2.9 lbs||2.3 lbs||2.8 lbs|
|Weather Resistant Features||Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish||Waterproof, windproof||Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish||Water resistant down, DWR treatment||Waterproof, windproof, breathable (DryVent), DWR|
|Sizes Available||XS to XXL||XXS to XXL||XS to XXL||XS to XXL||XS to 3XL|
|Social or Environmental Certifications||Some materials meet bluesign criteria
Responsible Down Standard
|Fluorocarbon-free impregnation||100% recycled down, 50% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester jacket, Fair Trade Certified sewn||Lining 100% recycled polyester, Responsible Down Standard|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The sleek knee-length Arc'teryx Patera Parka is a unique winter jacket meant for people on the go. It's warm, waterproof, and very light. Weighing just two pounds, it never feels like a burden when you pull it off to carry around the store.
This is a light and warm jacket intended for active use. Fluffy down wraps around your core and covers the tops of your arms to hold in heat where you need it most. Arc'teyx used synthetic Coreloft insulation everywhere else, where moisture is more likely to build-up. That includes the hood, the collar, the side panels, underneath your arms, and in the bottom eight inches of the coat.
The logic behind the design makes sense. Down loses loft and heat when wet, even from sweat. Synthetic insulation does not, and it doesn't usually trap as much heat as down. Arc'teryx calls this combination Down Composite Mapping. The synthetic insulation in the side panels and bottom eight inches of the hem is thinner than the down portions. While our core never feels cold in this coat, our arms do sometimes catch a chill in frigid temps. Still, we stayed warm when standing around in windy, 17-degree weather.
The front zipper doesn't extend all the way to the hem, which hits right at your knees. It stops just where the synthetic insulation starts, but a snap below that can hold the bottom of the jacket closed in truly frigid conditions. The pockets are uninsulated. So they don't offer much in the way of warmth. We do appreciate that soft, flexible wrist gaskets keep drafts from coming up the sleeves.
The synthetic insulation in the generous hood works well, and you can fit a hat underneath if you need more warmth. The hood cinches down around your face to protect you from wind, rain, or snow. Unfortunately, the tightening system is overly complicated. It's easy to snug down, but releasing it takes some finagling.
This isn't the warmest jacket we tested, but its roomy cut lends itself to layering. And frankly, many winter coats are too warm for the weather you're likely to encounter.
This jacket works in a range of temperatures and activity levels. It's great for city commuting or when you're walking in frigid weather to pop into the store.
Tested in snow, rain, and wind, the Patera kept us dry and protected. The durable shell, complete with a storm flap that snaps over the waterproof zipper, offers exceptional protection in wet or windy conditions.
The hood doesn't have a fur ruff, making it better suited to wet winters, where ruffs can hold onto water. That also means that bitter winds have better access to your face. And the collar only zips up to your chin. The hood is deep enough to work pretty well anyway. You just might want a scarf for your face.
This jacket excelled in our shower test. Other than some splashing into the hood, it's impenetrable. The face fabric has a durable water repellent (DWR) finish and covers a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane. The DWR doesn't bead the rain for long, but even when the outer fabric looks saturated, no moisture is making it through. It also dries quite quickly. This jacket is an excellent option for wet and sloppy weather conditions.
The satiny down baffles glide effortlessly over sweaters and feel pleasant and cloud-soft all day. The relaxed cut works well for a range of body types and gives you plenty of room to move. It's one of the few winter jackets tested that is not tight in the shoulders, even when you're wearing layers. It never feels heavy or bulky, thanks to the thin synthetic panels at your sides. We also appreciate the extra mobility we get since the two-way zipper ends mid-thigh.
The hood fits nicely and is adjustable, which means you can keep it out of your eyes. Micro-fleece brushes the backs of your hands in the handwarmer pockets, but they are uninsulated and can be chilly. Sitting down with anything in the pockets is awkward. Even the polyester outer shell is pleasant to the touch. In all, the Patera is one of the most comfortable jackets in our review.
The Patera impresses with its clean, unfussy style. There's nothing bulky about it. It's like the blazer of winter coats. Its skill is that it looks perfectly put together without taking any attention away from you.
The thin side panels create a trim and flattering silhouette. Thoughtfully placed snaps keep the storm flap from gapping, and the front pockets never interrupt the jacket's simple lines. The satin finish on the plush down interior doesn't hurt either.
We had a hard time pealing this jacket away from our most fashionable testers, who coveted its sophisticated look and technical features. We've also received a steady supply of compliments on the slim fit and straightforward good looks.
The Patera proved highly durable during the daily grind of commuting, hiking, and dog walking. The polyester fabric is smooth, clean, and impenetrable, and the pocket and main zippers work perfectly. The toggles that cinch the hood are small and a bit challenging to operate. They'll likely last, but they stand out as the one possible week point.
Insulation mapping aside, this is a straightforward winter jacket. It has two front pockets large enough to hold your hands or phone and an interior chest pocket that zips and is big enough for most modern smartphones.
We appreciate the two-way zipper and the fact that it stops eight inches above the hem to allow maximum mobility. Though it does sacrifice some warmth, a lower button placement lets you close it tighter in frigid conditions. The hood is roomy with easy-to-use pull tabs for strong winds. The hood doesn't detach, but we don't mind. We don't like to be out in unpredictable cold weather without one.
This parka has a lot to offer — but at a high price. It's probably only worth the money if you need a sleek, weatherproof winter jacket that will keep you warm and dry on the go. We often overheat when running around a city — from transit to the coffee shop, through the weather, and to the office before repeating the whole process to get to dinner. We appreciate that Patera is built to keep us more comfortable in real-life situations.
The Patera is an excellent choice for an active winter jacket, particularly in wet climates. Durable and dependable, we don't mind getting stuck in bad weather in this bad lady. The generous but flattering cut allows for extra layers when temperatures plummet. This parka is ready for everything from a night on the town to a wintery hike.
— Clark Tate