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Patagonia Down With It Parka Review

A comfortable, warm, simple, and sweet puffy winter jacket
Patagonia Down With It Parka
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Price:  $299 List | $299.00 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Warm, stylish, comfortable
Cons:  Runs small, tight shoulders, limited mobility
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Clark Tate ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 3, 2020
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#9 of 15
  • Warmth - 30% 9
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 6
  • Comfort - 25% 8
  • Style - 10% 7
  • Durability - 10% 7

Our Verdict

Patagonia updated the Down With It parka this year. It's still toasty warm, filled with 200 grams of 600-fill recycled duck and goose down, but it has a new look. The baffles now slant, which we think gives jackets a more flattering shape. The 100% recycled polyester fabric is bluesign certified and water-resistant, not waterproof, thanks to a durable water repellent (DWR) coating. It can shrug off brief showers but soaks in a bit more water than we'd like. If you want the most environmentally-friendly, warm, and durable winter jacket around at a reasonable price, this is the one for you.

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Pros Warm, stylish, comfortableSeriously 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 Runs small, tight shoulders, limited mobilityNo 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 Lofty down offers ample warmth on cold winter daysAn 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 Patagonia Down With It Parka Marmot Montreaux Tres 3-in-1 Parka Jackson Glacier Columbia Suttle Mountain Long
Warmth (30%)
9
10
7
9
7
Weather Resistance (25%)
6
6
10
7
7
Comfort (25%)
8
10
8
8
9
Style (10%)
7
10
8
7
9
Durability (10%)
7
6
9
9
8
Specs Patagonia Down... Marmot Montreaux Tres 3-in-1 Parka Jackson Glacier Columbia Suttle...
Insulation and Fill Power 600 fill recycled duck and 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 200 g 221 g 150 g 170 g Not available
Hood Insulated, removable Insulated, removable, detachable faux fur trim Uninsulated, removable Insulated Insulated, detachable faux fur trim
Length Knee-length Knee-length Mid-thigh Knee-length Mid-thigh
Pockets 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 internal zippered chest pocket 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) 2.2 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 100% recycled polyester 100% polyester 100% polyester, H2No 100% recycled polyester 100% polyester
Weather Resistant Features DWR treatment 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 Hem expanding buttons 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% recylced down, 100% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester lining, Fair Trade Certified sewn, bluesign approved fabric 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


Nothing like standing by a frigid waterfall in a box canyon on a...
Nothing like standing by a frigid waterfall in a box canyon on a cold day in Vermont to test weather resistance and warmth.
Photo: Clark Tate

Warmth


Standing around in below-freezing temperatures to watch the sunrise in Vermont, our lead tester felt toasty warm. This jacket isn't the warmest we tested, but we expect it to help you manage any temperatures above zero with ease. The sleeves don't have an internal cuff, which is unusual for a winter parka. The sleeves are puffy enough to limit the cold air draft that floats in, but a cuff would cut it down to almost nothing.

The generously sized, three-panel, insulated hood offers plenty of coverage while staying well out of the way of your view. It juts out just enough to cut the wind around your face, and you can cinch it down to keep cold air out. But with truly frigid temps or blustery winds, we would appreciate a fur ruff, faux, or no. The high collar is soft and wide enough to comfortably accommodate your chin to keep more of your face warm.

Pulling up the hood and zipping up the collar on this jacket kept us...
Pulling up the hood and zipping up the collar on this jacket kept us cozy even as a cold fog poored up and over the ridge.
Photo: Clark Tate

Weather Resistance


While this jacket's recycled polyester fabric is treated with a DWR coating, it didn't perform quite as well in the shower test as other similar fabrics. Water did bead up and roll off for the most part, but it began seeping deeper into the fabric faster than the top-performing jackets. It felt more waterlogged at the end of the test and took longer to dry as well.

We appreciate the snapped flap that covers the zipper. It made sure that no water snuck in. Unfortunately, the hood is a bit too shallow to save your face from the faucet, or rain, or snow. It did provide enough protection to keep water from running down the collar and into your coat, which we can't say of all the jackets we tested.

While we certainly expect this jacket to shrug off dry snowfall, it's not your best bet for long walks in the dreaded wintery-mix, though it does cut wind well.

Questionable hat aside, we feel pretty fancy in this fashionable...
Questionable hat aside, we feel pretty fancy in this fashionable parka.
Photo: Clark Tate

Style


The "chevron-inspired" baffle angles and vertical seams do a lot to slim down this knee-length puffy parka. The effect works well with the fabric's matte satin finish to give you a hint of luxe. The cut creates a subtle shape as well. The proportions are pleasing and a variety of colors help you tailor the look to your liking.

The overall effect is flattering. The jacket looks warm and cozy without adding too much bulk to your silhouette. It's not exactly sleek, though and has more in common with traditional puffy coats that it does with some of today's more paired-down, urban offerings.

We always looked forward to pulling on this comfortable winter jacket.
We always looked forward to pulling on this comfortable winter jacket.
Photo: Clark Tate

Comfort


We feel plenty cozy and warm when wearing the Down With It Parka, which always helps the comfort factor. The jacket glides over layers thanks to a smooth inner lining. Weighing in at 2.2 pounds, it feels quite light and never feels cumbersome. The cut is generous enough, giving us just enough room in the shoulders to feel unrestricted with a medium weight base layer. If you love thick sweaters, you may want to size up.

Fleece lining inside the collar is soft against your cheeks and chin, and the cut gives you enough room to tuck the bottom part of your face inside the coat. We really love how protected and comfy we feel with the hood pulled up and the collar zipped up. There are also two snaps on either side of the jacket along the hem. They let us keep our normal stride without unzipping the bottom of the coat to let cold air blow inside.

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Features


There are two zippered hand warming pockets that tuck behind the down insulation and are lined with microfleece on both sides. They keep our hands cozy and are large enough to fit a phone. There is also an interior pocket with a zipper for storing valuables.

The cozy hood is attached by snaps and is easily detectable. There is no fur ruff, and we'd like one, but it works well enough without it.

We feel pretty free to be our normal reckless selves when wearing...
We feel pretty free to be our normal reckless selves when wearing this well-constructed parka.
Photo: Clark Tate

Durability


We never had durability issues with this jacket during several months of testing and didn't see any feathers escaping from the seams. The polyester fabric feels sturdy, but the jacket is covered with seams that could snag over time.

DWR coatings also tend to wear off over time. So you may need to reply a layer to this jacket at some point. The chemicals tend to be quite toxic. Be careful how you hand them. The other common weak point is the zipper. This one appears to work perfectly.

Looks good, feels good, keeps you warm, and treats laborers and the...
Looks good, feels good, keeps you warm, and treats laborers and the environment with at least some respect. Sounds like a value to us.
Photo: Clark Tate

Value


This jacket is a pretty darn good deal. It's not the warmest but will do the trick in most climates. It's nice looking, reasonably durable, and is one of the most responsibly produced coats when it comes to caring for the labor force and the planet.

Conclusion


Even though the Patagonia Down With It Parka doesn't win any awards, we're still impressed by its cold weather performance, style, and attention to comforting details. If you want an easy to wear and reasonably priced winter jacket made using practices that consider the well-being of people and the planet, this could be the pick for you.

We appreciate how this jacket helps us welcome winter.
We appreciate how this jacket helps us welcome winter.
Photo: Clark Tate

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