Arc'teryx Seyla Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Insulated with 750 fill down, stylish, simple, light
Cons: Hood doesn’t detach, no internal cuffs on sleeves, not waterproof
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|Pros||Insulated with 750 fill down, stylish, simple, light||Comfortable, durable fabric, awesome pockets, weather-proof and breathable||Athletic fit, comfortable, stylish, temperature regulating, waterproof||Flattering, waterproof, durable, three jackets in one, recycled down and polyester||Windproof, warm, super comfortable, lightweight, packs into a pillow|
|Cons||Hood doesn’t detach, no internal cuffs on sleeves, not waterproof||On the bulky side, face fabric holds onto water||Sleeves and hem are less insulated, tricky hood tightened, expensive||Uninsulated hood, tight shoulders, no two-way zipper on down jacket, tricky pockets||Not waterproof, hood doesn’t detach, finicky zipper|
|Bottom Line||We stayed warm while looking good when temperatures dropped down to freezing||Durable and waterproof, this jacket is a great option for cold or wet weather||Stylish and functional, this jacket will keep you dry and warm when moving around in the winter months||This parka is a versatile option that shines in wet winter conditions||This parka is windproof and warm|
|Rating Categories||Arc'teryx Seyla||Fjallraven Nuuk - Women's||Arc'teryx Patera Parka||Tres 3-in-1 Parka||Canada Goose Camp Hooded|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|Specs||Arc'teryx Seyla||Fjallraven Nuuk -...||Arc'teryx Patera...||Tres 3-in-1 Parka||Canada Goose Camp...|
|Insulation and Fill Power||750 fill European grey goose down||Supreme microloft (100% polyester)||750 fill down||700 fill recycled duck and goose down||750 fill hutterite white duck down|
|Fill Weight||206 g||250 g||59 g Down, 100 g Coreloft||150 g||Unavailable|
|Hood||Insulated hood||Insulated with detachable faux fur trim||Insulated hood||Uninsulated, removable||2-way adjustable tunnel hood|
|Pockets||2 zippered hand, 1 internal zippered security||2 internal, 2 bellows, 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 2 chest||2 handwarmer, 1 internal chest pocket||2 zippered handwarmer in shell, 2 zippered handwarmer and 1 internal chest in down liner jacket||2 external, 1 internal, 1 internal stretch mesh pocket|
|Weight (size small)||1.1 lbs||3.7 lbs||2.0 lbs||2.9 lbs||1.3 lbs|
|Weather Resistant Features||Water repellant face fabric||Waterproof, windproof||Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish||Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish||Windproof, DWR treatment|
|Sizes Available||XS to XL||XXS to XXL||XS to XXL||XS to XXL||2XS to 2XL|
|Social or Environmental Certifications||Fluorocarbon-free impregnation||Some materials meet bluesign criteria
Responsible Down Standard
|100% recycled down, 50% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester jacket, Fair Trade Certified sewn|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Insulated with 750 fill European grey goose down, this jacket is intended for some seriously cold temperatures. We had no problems wearing this pleated style parka with a light layer underneath during cold winter days.
There were some features to this jacket that helped keep us warm, and there were also some things lacking. The oversized hood was great, but there is no way to adjust it for a tighter fit on windy days. We were able to fit a beanie underneath the hood, which allowed for a snugger fit. One feature that always helps with keeping us warm in the winter is the internal cuffs in the sleeves. The Seyla has elastic cuffs that make the fit around the opening a bit tighter.
One thing we noticed about the Arc'teryx Seyla is that it does run a bit big. We originally ordered a medium and had to return it for a small. When we tested the medium, we noticed that cold air got in at the bottom of the bell shape and loose fit. You may want to try this jacket on at the store if you are concerned about the sizing.
Water-resistant, but not waterproof, this jacket isn't intended for heavy wet weather. When tested in light snow and rain, it held up, but then became saturated after an extended time outside. This jacket is warm, but we wouldn't recommend it for someone that doesn't live in a very wet climate like Portland or Seattle.
Instant style points go to the Arc'teryx Seyla for its simplicity, while still maintaining ample warmth on some below-freezing days this winter. We easily wore this jacket to the gym, out to dinner, or running errands around town. The pleated exterior with no bells and whistles makes this jacket highly versatile.
More often than none we forgot to take of this jacket when coming inside the cold. Comparable to a lightweight sleeping bag, this jacket is lightweight, warm, stylish, and very comfortable.
The main feature of this jacket is its warmth to weight ratio. Being one of the lightest, wet warmest jackets we tested, Arc'teryx nailed it with the Seyla. The exterior pocket doesn't have any fleece inside them, which is a common feature on the jackets we test. This small feature is a game-changer on cold days. Slipping your hand into a cozy pocket makes all the difference, especially on chilly days.
There is a double-sided zipper that allows access from both ends and is also nice to use on days that were a bit warmer, and we needed more airflow or even more mobility.
Over the two months that we tested this jacket, we didn't see many feathers escaping at the stitching. The outer material is made of nylon and is quite thin. It's important when wearing this jacket to keep that in mind. We did get snagged while wearing this coat in a heavily treed area and it caused a tear.
The outer material has a DWR water-resistant coating and isn't intended to be worn in heavy wet weather. When we tested it in light snow, it handled well.
This jacket falls towards the more expensive side out of all the jackets we tested. Yes, it is incredibly warm and insulated with 750 fill grey goose down, it's lightweight and very comfortable, but for the price, you don't get a ton of features. We did enjoy testing this jacket, its simple style was easy to dress up or down depending on what we were doing, but keep in mind, it's not waterproof and isn't intended to be worn in wet weather.
The Seyla is light and keeps you warm in freezing temperatures. We wouldn't recommend this jacket if you live in a very wet climate, but it is a great option for someone living in an environment that experiences cold winters.
— Liz Williamson