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Arc'teryx Patera Parka Review

A classically stylish waterproof winter jacket that helps you avoid overheating
Arc'teryx Patera Parka
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Price:  $649 List | $649.00 at REI
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Pros:  Athletic fit, comfortable, stylish, temperature regulating, waterproof
Cons:  Sleeves and hem are less insulated, tricky hood tightened, expensive
Manufacturer:   Arc'teryx
By Clark Tate ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 18, 2021
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  • Warmth - 30% 6
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 9
  • Comfort - 25% 9
  • Style - 10% 8
  • Durability - 10% 9

Our Verdict

City elegance meets mountain weather protection in the Arc'teryx Patera Parka. With its Gore-Tex waterproof fabric and optimized warmth and breathability, the Patera is loaded with technical features while maintaining a streamlined and sophisticated look. It's also durable, blocks wind and breathes well. It wraps down insulation around your core and uses synthetic stuffing where sweat is likely to accumulate, like under your arms. The result is an impressively light jacket that helps you regulate your temperature in the winter. It will keep you comfortable when you're on the go in cold, sloppy weather.

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Pros Athletic fit, comfortable, stylish, temperature regulating, waterproofComfortable, durable fabric, awesome pockets, weather-proof and breathableFlattering, waterproof, durable, three jackets in one, recycled down and polyesterWarm, flattering, cozy, double-sided zipper, functional pocketsWaterproof, windproof, breathable, warm, durable
Cons Sleeves and hem are less insulated, tricky hood tightened, expensiveOn the bulky side, face fabric holds onto waterUninsulated hood, tight shoulders, no two-way zipper on down jacket, tricky pocketsNo front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproofCold pockets, slightly tight shoulders, and collar
Bottom Line A classically stylish waterproof winter jacket that helps you avoid overheatingAn extremely warm, comfortable, stylish, and durable parka with lots of pocketsWet, sloppy weather doesn't stand a chance against this versatile winter jacketSerious warmth is packed into this lightweight, flattering, and reasonably priced parkaA 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...
Warmth (30%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
Weather Resistance (25%)
9.0
7.0
9.0
5.0
8.0
Comfort (25%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
6.0
Style (10%)
8.0
7.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Durability (10%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
8.0
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
2-way zipper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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.

Performance Comparison


The Patera is a comfortable and durable jacket that strives to keep...
The Patera is a comfortable and durable jacket that strives to keep you warm without overheating you. It often works for us.
Photo: Clark Tate

Warmth


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.

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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.

Cozy gaskets help hold in heat.
Cozy gaskets help hold in heat.
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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.

The smooth liner makes it easy to pull the jacket on over layers.
The smooth liner makes it easy to pull the jacket on over layers.
Photo: Clark Tate

Weather Resistance


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 Patera is waterproof and its tall collar and ample hood keep the...
The Patera is waterproof and its tall collar and ample hood keep the wind and the snow out.
Photo: Clark Tate

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.

A relaxed fit allows for plenty of room to move. We never feel...
A relaxed fit allows for plenty of room to move. We never feel restricted in this jacket.
Photo: Clark Tate

Comfort


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 zipper ends higher on this jacket, making it easier to zip up...
The zipper ends higher on this jacket, making it easier to zip up and walk in but letting in more of a draft.
Photo: Clark Tate

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.

We think we look pretty cool in this jacket, and that's what counts...
We think we look pretty cool in this jacket, and that's what counts right?
Photo: Clark Tate

Style


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.

We have every expectation that this jacket will take some abuse over...
We have every expectation that this jacket will take some abuse over the course of many a winter season.
Photo: Clark Tate

Durability


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.


This is a streamlined jacket, with two minimal hand-warming pockets...
This is a streamlined jacket, with two minimal hand-warming pockets and one internal media pocket.
Photo: Clark Tate

Features


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.

The Patera is pricey, but its versatility, durability, and...
The Patera is pricey, but its versatility, durability, and sophisticated daily style should help it earns its keep.
Photo: Clark Tate

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

We appreciate this jacket's simple and sophisticated style.
We appreciate this jacket's simple and sophisticated style.
Photo: Clark Tate

Clark Tate