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Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka Review

This soft, extra-long down parka with a cavernous hood is a dream to wrap up in when the temperatures drop
Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka
Credit: Outdoor Research
Top Pick Award
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Price:  $379 List | $379.00 at REI
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Pros:  Warm, light, soft, great hood
Cons:  No cinch at the waist, not the most stylish
Manufacturer:   Outdoor Research
By Clark Tate ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 23, 2022
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#3 of 15
  • Warmth - 30% 9.0
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 7.0
  • Comfort - 25% 10.0
  • Style - 10% 4.0
  • Durability - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

The Outdoor Research's Coze is well-named. It's one of the coziest winter jackets we've tested, earning it our top pick award for parades, hockey games, and anything else that has you standing around in the cold. Reaching midway down our calves, it is like wearing a giant sleeping bag, and also has a large, deep, and overstuffed hood that protects your head while shielding your face from crosswinds. Despite its length, high-quality down keeps it light, and the soft nylon shell, knit cuffs, and touchpoints make every inch of it delightful. Sure, it looks like you're a walking marshmallow, and most of us struggle to feel elegant in a straight-cut, feather-stuffed sack. But if you live in a very cold climate or do not generate much body heat when you are outside, we consider this an essential piece to add to your jacket collection.

Editor's Note: The Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka review was updated on February 23, 2022, with additional information on what we would buy and more details on how products differ from one another.

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Pros Warm, light, soft, great hoodComfortable, durable fabric, awesome pockets, weather-proof and breathableWarm, flattering, cozy, double-sided zipper, functional pocketsWarm, comfortable, simple, inexpensiveStylish, incredibly warm, lightweight to down ratio, detachable fur hood
Cons No cinch at the waist, not the most stylishOn the bulky side, face fabric holds onto waterNo front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproofShallow hood, no internal pocketsSomewhat bulky, not waterproof, some feather & down loss
Bottom Line This soft, extra-long down parka with a cavernous hood is a dream to wrap up in when the temperatures dropAn extremely warm, comfortable, stylish, and durable parka with lots of pocketsSerious warmth is packed into this lightweight, flattering, and reasonably priced parkaCute, streamlined, and warm enough for almost any winter weather, this jacket is a great valueA stylish winter jacket that will keep you warm when temperatures start to drop
Rating Categories Outdoor Research Co... Fjallraven Nuuk - W... Marmot Montreaux REI Co-op Norseland... Rab Deep Cover Parka
Warmth (30%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
Weather Resistance (25%)
7.0
8.0
5.0
6.0
3.0
Comfort (25%)
10.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
Style (10%)
4.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
Durability (10%)
5.0
9.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
Specs Outdoor Research Co... Fjallraven Nuuk - W... Marmot Montreaux REI Co-op Norseland... Rab Deep Cover Parka
Insulation and Fill Power 700 fill down Supreme microloft (100% polyester) 700 fill power duck down with water resistant Down Defender 650 fill duck down 650 fill RDS Certified Hydrophobic European duck down
Fill Weight 240 g 250 g 221 g 238 g 340 g
Hood Adjustable Insulated with detachable faux fur trim Insulated, removable, detachable faux fur trim Fleece lined Insulated, detachable hood with faux fur trim
Pockets 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 internal zippered security, 1 internal pouch 2 internal, 2 bellows, 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 2 chest 2 zippered handwarmer, 2 internal chest (1 zippered) 2 zippered handwarmer 1 internal, 2 external
Weight (size small) 2.0 lbs 3.7 lbs 2.3 lbs 2.0 lbs 1.9 lbs
2-way zipper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Weather Resistant Features Water and wind resistant Waterproof, windproof Water resistant down, DWR treatment DWR treatment DWR treatment
Sizes Available XS to XL XXS to XXL XS to XXL XS to XL 6 to 18
Social or Environmental Certifications Responsible Down Standard - Certified, bluesign approved, 100% recycled nylon shell Fluorocarbon-free impregnation Responsible Down Standard - Certified , 100% recycled polyester lining, bluesign approved 650 RDS - (responsble down standards) certified hydrophobic European Duck Down, fluorocarbon-free Hydrophobic Down

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Outdoor Research Coze jacket is one of the longest in our lineup, offering more protection whether you're standing around waiting for a ride or sitting down around the campfire. It also provides a uniquely protective hood, keeping you comfortable in bitter temps.

Performance Comparison


Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka winter jacket womens - this jacket covers most of your body and keeps you very warm even...
This jacket covers most of your body and keeps you very warm even when standing still. When we're running around, we often have to leave it unzipped.
Credit: Ryan Reed

Warmth


This jacket is filled with 240 grams of 700 fill-power down, in other words, a good amount of high-quality feathers. However, it is long, reaching mid-calf on our 5 foot, 6-inch tall tester. That means those feathers need to cover more real estate than shorter jackets with a similar amount of down. While it's not as warm as some others, it's as warm as we ever needed it to be.


The jacket's length holds heat around more of your body, and this jacket kept us warm in the mountains around Maine's Baxter State Park in chilly and damped late fall temps. We expect it to keep us cozy into the teens and comfortable above zero based on our experience testing winter jackets. We'll keep testing it as temps plummet and keep you updated.

Even when you're sitting down, the jacket fully covers the back of your legs and your thighs. Since you compress the down when you sit on it, it doesn't do much to insulate you from, say, cold metal bleachers. But it is like sitting with a down blanket draped over you.

Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka winter jacket womens - soft knit cuffs help your hands stay warm and block drafts from...
Soft knit cuffs help your hands stay warm and block drafts from sneaking up your sleeves.
Credit: Ryan Reed

Thoughtful features extend the cocoon of warmth. Soft cuff gaiters extend far enough to cover your hands and include a convenient thumb loop. They only exclude your fingers. The main zipper tops out near your mouth. It features a soft knit interior to snuggle against since the collar is wide enough to tuck your lower face out of the cold. A knit-lined, down-stuffed collar wraps around your neck, keeping out drafts whether your hood is up or down.

And that hood, it's cavernous, with what Outdoor Research calls a baffle ruff. Many winter jackets come with a fur ruff circling the hood, usually synthetic but occasionally authentic. They typically extend past your face and do a magnificent job blocking bitter winds or the frosty bite of snow or sleet.

Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka winter jacket womens - the insulated hood has a down baffle ruff, that tube of down where a...
The insulated hood has a down baffle ruff, that tube of down where a fur ruff would be. When we cinch it down it keeps us quite warm, though it doesn't block the wind as well as fur.
Credit: Ryan Reed

This jacket aims to offer the same functionality by extending the down hood beyond the tip of your nose. It's not as effective at catching snowflakes, but it certainly shelters you from all but head-on wind. Drawstrings let you snug it down as much as you'd like, and it is large enough to wear a beanie underneath.

Two zippered handwarmer pockets tuck your fingers against your body and under the jacket's downy warmth, the warmest place they could be. The pockets are smaller than we'd like but plenty big for your paws. An internal zipper pocket will fit any smartphone and keep it warm enough to save your battery. A sizeable internal mesh pouch pocket can hold on to gloves or a hat.

Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka winter jacket womens - the knit-lined pockets tuck under the down layer for warmth but are...
The knit-lined pockets tuck under the down layer for warmth but are small and oddly shaped for our tastes.
Credit: Ryan Reed

Weather Resistance


Outdoor Research calls this jacket water and wind-resistant, and the customer service rep we contacted told us that it does have a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating its nylon shell. When we took it out into the field, we were impressed. It isn't the highest scorer, but it's better than other down parkas in this review.


We test all of our winter jackets with a 2.5-minute test at full water pressure. The Coze faired impressively well. Water beaded and ran off immediately and continued throughout the test. With its deep hood, it kept the water off our face even when we stood facing the showerhead. After the test, many of the jackets felt heavy and waterlogged. This one was still as light as when we started. We shook the water right off, and it dried quickly.

The thing is, when temps are well below freezing, you shouldn't run into too much water anyway. It will be frozen. While it lacks the characteristics of a true rain jacket, the water-resistant coating allows this jacket to handle some rain or sloppy mixes.

Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka winter jacket womens - the durable water repellant (dwr) finish sheds water nicely. very...
The durable water repellant (DWR) finish sheds water nicely. Very little soaked in during our 2.5-minute shower test.
Credit: Ryan Reed

The Coze also impressed us in the wind. We tested it alongside several other jackets on a North Atlantic beach when 25-knot winds were kicking up whitecaps. We felt nothing through the length of the coat or the zippers. It's a fortress. We actually got too hot.

That deep hood builds a protective cage for our head and face. But we found the limitations of the down baffle ruff in the ripping wind. When we compared it back-to-back with the Fjallraven Nuuk Parka's super protective fur-ruffed hood, the difference was breathtaking. Nothing stops the wind and snow like fur, even when it's artificial. The down ruff does help, though, especially when you cinch it down. It kept us much warmer than the jackets without any ruff at all.

Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka winter jacket womens - this jacket does an excellent job of cutting the wind. when you zip...
This jacket does an excellent job of cutting the wind. When you zip it all the way up and cinch down, the hood even your face stays fairly well protected.
Credit: Ryan Reed

Comfort


This jacket nails comfort, earning one of the highest scores in the group. It feels both snug and incredibly lightweight, with a soft knit covering every point where your skin is likely to brush against it. Even the nylon shell is pleasant in hand.


The generous cut never feels binding in our standard size. Even bundled up with multiple layers, we have plenty of room to move, from shoulders to hips to knees. When you zip the jacket from top to bottom, climbing stairs can feel restrictive. A good solution is to unzip the front zipper or the two 9-inch zippers on either side of the hem.

Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka winter jacket womens - 9-inch zippers on either side of the hem make it easy to walk when...
9-inch zippers on either side of the hem make it easy to walk when you're all zipped up and heading into the wind.
Credit: Ryan Reed

No part of this jacket tugs, binds, or feels restricting. Even the collar is spacious enough that it lets you keep your chin and face out of the cold, a rarity among winter jackets. It's like wearing a light, down sleeping bag if it were a thoughtfully constructed winter jacket.

Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka winter jacket womens - some of our testers really like the look of this jacket and feel...
Some of our testers really like the look of this jacket and feel great in it. Others found it unbearably frumpy.
Credit: Ryan Reed

Style


While the lightweight and cozy drape of this jacket can help us feel elegant when it's unzipped, we're not convinced that we look it. This jacket is not as put-together as some others we tested, and it earned a below-average score in this metric. It's so long that it can look a little like it's eating you. Our testers are all around 5 feet, 6 inches tall. Taller folks may not struggle as much with this aspect of the look.


When the jacket is all zipped up, it's hard to argue for any hint of style. It hangs straight up and down with no definition at the waist. It's a piece that seems to put function before form.

Kind of slimming and stylish.
Kind of slimming and stylish.
Kind of shapeless and frumpy. It's all about the angles.
Kind of shapeless and frumpy. It's all about the angles.

That said, our lead tester couldn't care less that it's not particularly flattering. The length, comfort, and lightweight feel give her a little swagger, like a fashionable somebody who doesn't care what you think of her outfit.

Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka winter jacket womens - any jacket that makes us feel this happy is worth a little fashion...
Any jacket that makes us feel this happy is worth a little fashion controversy.
Credit: Ryan Reed

That said, we would love to see some buttons or snaps added to this jacket. Not only would they add a flap of warmth to protect the zipper, but they also make it much easier to pull the coat on to step outside in milder weather. You can use the double zipper to get the same effect, but it's a pain.

Pull this simple toggle to tighten the hood.
Pull this simple toggle to tighten the hood.
We don't love that you have to search for the invisible button that...
We don't love that you have to search for the invisible button that releases the hood.

Durability


This jacket appears to be well-made with solid zippers, which is good since there are six in total, counting all the pockets. The only other moving parts are the toggles that tighten the hood's baffle — thin nylon strings tucked into the corners of the collar. Pulling them to batten down the hood is a cinch. Searching around for the buttons hidden under the hood's fabric to release them is not.


It all seems robust and likely to last. The thin nylon shell is the most likely weak point we'd expect to see over time. They tend to rip, and certainly more easily than the jackets in this test with multi-layered shells. That's why it gets more of an average rating in this metric.

Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka winter jacket womens - that big protective hood and calf-length down baffles offer a lot of...
That big protective hood and calf-length down baffles offer a lot of value.
Credit: Ryan Reed

Should You Buy the Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka?


It's not the most fashion-forward option from the jackets we've worn, and there are options stuffed with even more warm and fluffy feathers, but this jacket offers excellent coverage and comfort at every contact point. It wraps you in downy insulation from the middle of your shins to the middle of your face, leaving you just enough room to see out of while shielding your eyes from both sides. We do love snuggling up in it when hanging out by the campfire or around town.

This jacket is also certified to meet the responsible down standard, which indicates that the birds who grew the feathers didn't suffer more than necessary. Outdoor research provides a tracking number through its down supplier, Allied Feather. Our jacket’s down came from grey ducks in China.

The shell is also 100% recycled nylon. If these steps to prevent animal cruelty and increase environmental responsibility fall in line with your values, that adds to your purchase.

Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka winter jacket womens - the soft knit detailing on the inner baffle collar and the taller...
The soft knit detailing on the inner baffle collar and the taller outer collar keep us smiling.
Credit: Ryan Reed

What Other Winter Jackets Should You Consider?


We must say, we're impressed. While this jacket isn't exactly a looker, it feels luxurious. We love it when gear that helps keep you outside longer comes in at a more affordable price point. If you are looking for the best combination of warm and comfy, stop here. If you would like to see a little more style or weatherproofing in your winter coat, there are a few other options to consider. The Fjallraven Nuuk earned an equally high warmth rating, despite being quite a bit shorter, and it performed excellently in wet and windy conditions. On the other hand, the Arc'teryx Patera Parka is not as insulated as the jackets mentioned above. Still, it is very stylish, and the waterproof shell makes it an excellent option for climates that get more wet/sleet precipitation.

Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka winter jacket womens - we tell all our friends how comfy this jacket is.
We tell all our friends how comfy this jacket is.
Credit: Ryan Reed

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