A durable and dependable winter jacket that will last multiple seasons to come
Price: $1,275 List | $1,495.00 at BackcountryPros: Stylish, warm, nice features, durable, highly water-resistant, windproof, good quality construction, interior carrying straps Cons: Expensive, heavy, feels like a lot of jacket, huge hood, doesn’t detach, boxy fit Manufacturer: Canada Goose
The Canada Goose Shelburne Parka is insulated with 625-fill-duck down and meant to be worn in some menacingly cold conditions. Reaching just above our knee, this jacket is warm, stylish, and a head-turner. The durable Arctic Tech outer shell has a DWR (durable water repellent) and is highly water-resistant, but not waterproof. We had no issues wearing this jacket in some seriously sloppy winter weather. Falling just behind the feature-loaded and flattering North Face Outer Boroughs Parka, we were still impressed with the Shelburne.
Every season, Canada Goose tweaks their color options slightly. While the color we tested may not always be available, the surefire basic black shown above is always a safe bet.
Our Analysis and Test Results
Canada Goose offers yet another high-quality winter jacket. With various options to choose from, there is a perfect color for everyone. At four pounds, it was one of the heaviest in the fleet; despite this, we still enjoyed wearing this parka, and it was one of our top scorers.
Intended to be worn when temperatures drop from 15F to - 5F, we didn't have any issues testing warmth around the Lake Tahoe region. However, when the temperatures dropped below freezing, we started to feel slightly cold and added an extra layer underneath for additional warmth. Insulated with 625-fill-goose down, it wasn't as warm as the Marmot Montreaux or the Rab Deep Cover Parka, as both are loftier than the Shelburne Parka. The durable Arctic Tech outer layer did a great job of stopping the wind from making us bone-chilling cold. When we had the overly large hood on, we were even toaster. There is a fur ruff around the outside of the hood that helped trap heat in and cold air out, which is a definite plus. The hood is also adjustable, allowing for a tighter fit in stormy or windy weather.
Microfleece lines the two exterior pockets of the jacket. Whenever a jacket offers fleece-lined pockets, our hands are always warmer, compared to pockets with only cold nylon or polyester in the inside. There are thick ribbed cuffs at the wrist of the sleeves of the jacket, which keep heat in and cold air out, better than the Patagonia Down With It Parka, the Fjallraven Nuuk Insulated Parka, or the Arc'teryx Seyla which lacks any kind of cuff on the sleeves. There is also an adjustable cuff on the exterior of the jacket that allows for a tighter fit; this was helpful and noticeable on colder days.
There are interior carrying straps on the Shelburne. We didn't use this feature often, but it's useful when it gets warmer out, or when you want to go hands-free without having to carry your jacket. The back of the Shelburne has kicked pleats for better mobility, though we noticed cold air slowly leaking in between where the snaps were located to secure the kicked pleats. It became more apparent in colder than normal weather, but the Shelburne still provided more than enough warmth to make up for it.
Despite not being a waterproof jacket, we were impressed with the DWR (durable water repellent) coating on the exterior layer. When we tested this jacket in rain and snow, water beaded up and rolled off, and was almost comparable to our Editors' Choice Award Winner the North Face Outer Boroughs Parka.
One of the most stylish coats we tested, the Shelburne has a true winter parka feel and look. From the durable exterior to the real fur ruff around the hood, it screams mountain mama. We noticed heads turning left and right when we wore this jacket out and about in Lake Tahoe. 85% polyester and 15% cotton make up the exterior. It reaches above our knee, and the matte appearance emphasizes its durability.
The real fur ruff around the hood added warmth and style, but we understand that it's not for everyone.
The Shelburne is comfortable. It wasn't swimming in down insulation, which allowed for decent movement. It also has an adjustable two-way zipper on the jacket for more mobility and access. The kicked pleats on the back are secured with snaps that are uncomfortable to sit on when sitting on a hard surface, which lowered the overall score.
The microfleece-lined pockets were cozy and warm, and we loved that there was lining on both sides of the pockets. There is also a piece of fleece on the collar by the chin, which was pleasant when the jacket was zipped up. We did have an issue with the comfort of the hood in that it felt huge. We were able to adjust the hood, thanks for the strap on the back of it, but it still felt like there was a lot of extra material. It did keep us toasty and comfortable outside in freezing weather, better than the Patagonia Tres Down Parka and The North Face Arctic Down Parka II, but we could do without the extra material.
The Shelburne had just the right amount of features. From its durable Arctic-Tech TEI 3 outer shell to its fur ruff around the hood, no details were left out. There are kicked pleats on the back of this jacket for mobility, though we didn't find them necessary. If anything, they let in cold air and were uncomfortable to sit on when sitting on hard surfaces.
Canada Goose uses a Thermal Experience Index (TEI) to help you decide which jacket is right for you. It ranges from TEI1 (which is lightweight for active pursuits) all the way to TEI5 (field-tested for the coldest place on earth). The Shelburne is rated for TEI3 (fundamental warmth fashioned for everyday use) 15F / - 5F, and we think that rating is a bit on the low side. To be on the safe side, consider going up a TEI rating if you intend on wearing your jacket in super cold weather.
There are two snap secured exterior pockets lined with microfleece on both sides. The inside of the jacket has two pockets as well. There's one media pocket with a zipper, which is perfect for keys or a cell phone, as well as one regular pocket. There is no zipper on the other pocket, but a flap over the top of it to secure items.
The Shelburne has unique interior carrying straps. While they are not necessary, they added little weight to the jacket.
Over the three months that we tested this jacket, we didn't have any issues with its durability. In fact, the Shelburne was one of the most durable jackets we tested. The Shelburne's exterior fabric is heavy-duty, and we foresee it having a hard time ripping or getting snagged. The fur ruff around the hood is one of the most durable out of all the faux/real fur ruffs we tested. It's also very soft, and we didn't notice it losing its loftiness over time when we were outside in the stormy weather.
The Shelburne is one of the most expensive jackets we tested. You are getting a highly durable jacket, loaded with features, and a classic winter parka look. For the right person, the price tag may be worth it, especially considering this jacket will last you many winters to come. Despite reviews saying the quality is not worth it, we found that was simply not the case. As expensive as Canada Goose may be, you will get your money's worth for multiple seasons.
The Canada Goose Shelburne Parka is solid jacket at a steep price. If you are looking for a jacket with longevity, then this is the one for you, as paying the extra money will allow you to own this jacket for many seasons to come. There wasn't a lot of down insulation in the Shelburne and think that the rating of 15F / -5F was a bit on the low side, as we felt cold when temperatures dropped below 32F. We'd also recommend checking out a higher TEI rating if you live somewhere that's bitter cold.
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