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.
Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Warm, light, soft, great hood
Cons: No cinch at the waist, not the most stylish
Manufacturer: Outdoor Research
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|Pros||Warm, light, soft, great hood||Warm, flattering, cozy, double-sided zipper, functional pockets||Warm, comfortable, simple, inexpensive||Stylish, incredibly warm, lightweight to down ratio, detachable fur hood||Waterproof, windproof, breathable, warm, durable|
|Cons||No cinch at the waist, not the most stylish||No front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproof||Shallow hood, no internal pockets||Somewhat bulky, not waterproof, some feather & down loss||Cold pockets, slightly tight shoulders, and collar|
|Bottom Line||This soft, extra-long down parka with a cavernous hood is a dream to wrap up in when the temperatures drop||Serious warmth is packed into this lightweight, flattering, and reasonably priced parka||Cute, streamlined, and warm enough for almost any winter weather, this jacket is a great value||A stylish winter jacket that will keep you warm when temperatures start to drop||A warm and waterproof winter jacket that is available at a reasonable price|
|Rating Categories||Outdoor Research Co...||Marmot Montreaux||REI Co-op Norseland...||Rab Deep Cover Parka||The North Face Arct...|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|Specs||Outdoor Research Co...||Marmot Montreaux||REI Co-op Norseland...||Rab Deep Cover Parka||The North Face Arct...|
|Insulation and Fill Power||700 fill down||700 fill power duck down with water resistant Down Defender||650 fill duck down||650 fill RDS Certified Hydrophobic European duck down||550 fill goose down and recycled polyester insultation|
|Fill Weight||240 g||221 g||238 g||340 g||Down - unavailable, Synthetic - 150 g|
|Hood||Adjustable||Insulated, removable, detachable faux fur trim||Fleece lined||Insulated, detachable hood with faux fur trim||Adjustable, insulated with removable faux fur trim|
|Pockets||2 zippered handwarmer, 1 internal zippered security, 1 internal pouch||2 zippered handwarmer, 2 internal chest (1 zippered)||2 zippered handwarmer||1 internal, 2 external||1 internal, 2 external|
|Weight (size small)||2.0 lbs||2.3 lbs||2.0 lbs||1.9 lbs||2.8 lbs|
|Weather Resistant Features||Water and wind resistant||Water resistant down, DWR treatment||DWR treatment||DWR treatment||Waterproof, windproof, breathable (DryVent), DWR|
|Sizes Available||XS to XL||XS to XXL||XS to XL||6 to 18||XS to 3XL|
|Social or Environmental Certifications||Responsible Down Standard - Certified, bluesign approved, 100% recycled nylon shell||Responsible Down Standard - Certified , 100% recycled polyester lining, bluesign approved||650 RDS - (responsble down standards) certified hydrophobic European Duck Down, fluorocarbon-free Hydrophobic Down||Lining 100% recycled polyester, Responsible Down Standard|
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
— Clark Tate
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