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Arc'teryx Seyla Review

A seriously lightweight and stylish looking parka that will keep you warm and looking good all winter long
Arc'teryx Seyla
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Price:  $425 List | $317.73 at REI
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Pros:  Insulated with 750 fill down, stylish, simple, light
Cons:  Hood doesn’t detach, no internal cuffs on sleeves, not waterproof
Manufacturer:   Arc'teryx
By Liz Williamson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 21, 2020
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#12 of 15
  • Warmth - 30% 9
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 4
  • Comfort - 25% 8
  • Style - 10% 9
  • Durability - 10% 6

Our Verdict

Arc'teryx delivered with the Seyla, an incredibly warm, but lightweight winter jacket. Insulated with 750 fill European grey goose down. One way to describe the Arc'teryx Seyla Parka is simple and stylish. With only three earth tone colors to choose from and no bells and whistles, it's easy to dress this jacket up for a night out or simply wear it to the gym. The exterior material is water-resistant, not waterproof and isn't intended for wet weather.

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Pros Insulated with 750 fill down, stylish, simple, lightSeriously warm, flattering, removable faux fur ruff, double sided zipper, functional pocketsFlattering, waterproof, durable, three jackets in one, recycled down and polyesterWarm, light, largely comfortableStylish, comfortable, easy to wear
Cons Hood doesn’t detach, no internal cuffs on sleeves, not waterproofNo front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproofUninsulated hood, tight shoulders, no two-way zipper on down jacket, tricky pocketsSomewhat awkward collar, small hoodNot as warm, awkward pockets
Bottom Line We stayed warm while looking good when temperatures dropped down to freezingAn insanely warm and cute jacket that won't break the bankThis parka is a versatile option that shines in wet winter conditionsThis warm and trim parka is sophisticated and can handle itself in rough weatherWhile it's not the warmest jacket it is comfortable, cute, and easy to wear
Rating Categories Arc'teryx Seyla Marmot Montreaux Tres 3-in-1 Parka Jackson Glacier Columbia Suttle Mountain Long
Warmth (30%)
9
10
7
9
7
Weather Resistance (25%)
4
6
10
7
7
Comfort (25%)
8
10
8
8
9
Style (10%)
9
10
8
7
9
Durability (10%)
6
6
9
9
8
Specs Arc'teryx Seyla Marmot Montreaux Tres 3-in-1 Parka Jackson Glacier Columbia Suttle...
Insulation and Fill Power 750 fill European grey goose down 700 fill power duck down with water resistant Down Defender 700 fill recycled duck and goose down 700 fill recycled duck and goose down 100% polyester synthetic down and thermal-reflective lining
Fill Weight 206 g for size small 221 g 150 g 170 g Not available
Hood Insulated hood Insulated, removable, detachable faux fur trim Uninsulated, removable Insulated Insulated, detachable faux fur trim
Length Mid-thigh Knee-length Mid-thigh Knee-length Mid-thigh
Pockets 2 zippered hand, 1 internal zippered security 2 zippered handwarmer, 2 internal chest (1 zippered) 2 zippered handwarmer in shell, 2 zippered handwarmer and 1 internal chest in down liner jacket 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 internal chest (zippered) 2 snap handwarmer, 1 external zipped chest
Weight (size small) 1.1 lbs 2.25 lbs 2.9 lbs 2.0 lbs 2.4 lbs
2-way zipper Yes Yes Yes and No Yes Yes
Main Fabric Arato 10 (100% nylon) 100% polyester 100% polyester, H2No 100% recycled polyester 100% polyester
Weather Resistant Features Water repellant face fabric Water resistant down, DWR treatment Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish DWR treatment Water resistant fabric
Sizes Available XS to XL XS to XXL XS to XXL XS to XL XS to 3X
Top Features Plush fleece lined torso, micro fleece pockets and cuffs Zip-out two layer design, removable hood, fleece-lined pockets No stitch bonded quilting Fleece-lined hood, thermal reflective lining
Social or Environmental Certifications 100% recycled down, 50% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester jacket, Fair Trade Certified sewn 100% recylced down, 100% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester lining, Fair Trade Certified sewn

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


This is one of the stylist parkas we tested. Simple and sweet, the...
This is one of the stylist parkas we tested. Simple and sweet, the cut of the jacket hides the plush 750 fill grey goose down. Reaching just above our knee we had no problems wearing this jacket on chilly morning walks or running errands.
Photo: Sierra Purcell

Warmth


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 from this jacket. The oversized hood was great, but there is no way to adjust it to have it be 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.

The hood isn't detachable like some of the jackets we tested. We...
The hood isn't detachable like some of the jackets we tested. We didn't find this to be a problem because of how light it was. It's insulated with an ample amount of down. There is enough room to wear a beanie underneath.
Photo: Sierra Purcell

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.

Weather Resistance


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.

Style


Instant style points go to the Arc'teryx Seyla for its simplicity, while still maintaining ample warmth on some below-freezing days this winter. With three colors to choose from Whiskey Jack (gray), black, and flux (which is more of a dark maroon, then it appears in photos), 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.

Front view of the form-fitting Seyla. Simple and sweet is a great...
Front view of the form-fitting Seyla. Simple and sweet is a great way to describe the jacket. There are three earth tone colors to choose from: whiskey jack (gray), flux (pictured above), and black.
Photo: Sierra Purcell

From all angles we found this model to be an attractive parka...
From all angles we found this model to be an attractive parka. Form-fitting, lightweight and highly flattering, we enjoyed wearing it out and about.
Photo: Sierra Purcell

Comfort


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.

Features


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 weren't too many issues with the Seyla parka but, we wish...
There weren't too many issues with the Seyla parka but, we wish there would have been micro lined fleece in the pockets like the Marmot Montreaux. Having lined pockets makes all the difference.
Photo: Sierra Purcell

There are two exterior pockets and one interior pocket. The interior...
There are two exterior pockets and one interior pocket. The interior pocket has a zipper and is perfect for keys, phone or a wallet.
Photo: Sierra Purcell

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.

There is a double-sided zipper that offers access from both ends of...
There is a double-sided zipper that offers access from both ends of the jacket. This came in handy when we wanted better mobility or were too hot and need some cool air to enter the jacket.
Photo: Sierra Purcell

Durability


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.

Value


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.

Conclusion


Overall we were impressed with how warm we stayed when temperatures hit freezing thanks to the lofty and comfortable 750 fill grey goose down. Besides being incredibly warm, the Seyla was also one of the lightest jackets we tested. 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