The Patagonia Down With It is a seriously warm winter jacket meant to withstand temperatures below freezing. It's insulated with plush 600 fill Advanced Global Traceable Down, which allowed us to stay warm on some of the coldest days of the winter. Reaching just above the knee, this jacket wasn't as long or as warm as our Best Buy award winner, the Marmot Montreaux, but it was close behind. This jacket is loaded with more down than the Patagonia Fiona Down Parka the Arc'teryx Patera Parka and the North Face Gotham II Hooded Down Jacket. It's water-resistant, but not waterproof, and the outside of this jacket has a DWR (durable water repellent) coating. It didn't hold up as well as our Top Pick for Wet Climates, the Patagonia Tres Down Parka, which is highly waterproof, but it did a better job than the water-resistant, the Legendary Whitetails Anchorage Parka.
Patagonia Down With It Parka Review
Cons: Runs small, tight shoulders, limited mobility
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Our Analysis and Test Results
You'll have no problems dressing this jacket up, or throwing on sneakers and heading to the gym. Insulated with lofty 600 fill down and weighing 1.9 pounds, it's comfy and doesn't feel heavy despite the plush insulation. It does tend to run small, so consider ordering up a size for extra mobility.
We had no issues wearing this jacket in 20F weather on our way to work in the morning. Insulated with lofty 600 fill advanced global traceable down, we were impressed with how warm we were in seriously cold temps. It wasn't as warm as the cozy the Marmot Montreaux, but the Down With It Parka is warmer than the Rab Deep Cover Parka, The North Face Metropolis Parka II, and The North Face Arctic Parka II.
The hood is insulated with a decent amount of down, especially when compared to the Patagonia Tres Down Parka and the North Face Arrowood Triclimate Jacket, which has no insulation in the hood whatsoever. When we zipped the jacket up and put the hood on, we were extra toasty and snug. We could feel the difference in the warmth of this jacket with the hood on compared to the thin insulation of the Arc'teryx Darrah and the Columbia Heavenly. Unlike most jackets we tested, the Down With It Parka lacks any interior cuffs in the sleeves. Even though we were pretty toasty in this jacket, we would have liked it more if there were some cuffs, like the ones on the Rab Deep Cover Parka (there are even thumb holes)!
We were warm and cozy in cold temperatures, but we don't recommend it for wet weather. When outside in rain and snow, water beaded up and rolled off; however, after an extended period, this model started to become saturated. A better option for wet weather would be the fully waterproof Patagonia Tres Down Parka, the Arc'teryx Patera Parka, or the Canada Goose Shelburne Parka. These contenders all have a durable outer shell, compared to the DWR (durable water repellent) coating on the Down With It Parka.
This model has a simple style but has a somewhat "puffy" appearance due to the down insulation. There are princess seams in the front and back, which gives the Down With It a more contoured fit. It's not loaded with down like the Marmot Montreaux, but it has more to it than the sleek and lightweight Patagonia Fiona Down Parka. Reaching mid-thigh, the Down With It has a flattering look, despite being insulated with lofty down.
The polyester exterior fabric has a matte satin appearance, which gives it a simple style. It's not overloaded with stylish features like the Editors' Choice-winning Canada Goose Kensington Parka, but they aren't necessary. If you're looking for a jacket that's almost as warm with a sleek appearance look at the Fjallraven Nuuk Insulated Parka.
Comparable to wearing a sleeping bag, we were extra cozy and snug in the Down With It Parka. However, the down insulation was a little bulky and restricting, mainly because this jacket tends to run a bit small. Compared to the Patagonia Fiona Down Parka that was the same size, the Down With It Parka runs a bit tight in the shoulders and sleeves. This is something to consider if you like being able to wear a heavy layer (or even a heavy sweater) underneath your jacket. The Rab Deep Cover Parka was almost just as warm and wasn't as tight as a fit as the Down With It Parka. In turn, we were more comfortable and had better mobility in the Deep Cover.
Weighing in at 1.9 pounds, the Down With It is pretty light considering how insulated and warm it is. It didn't feel cumbersome when we were wearing it, despite being loaded with down. Compared to the Canada Goose Shelburne Parka, which weighs about 4 pounds, this jacket left like nothing. The mid-thigh length made it easier to move around in compared to the knee-length of the Marmot Montreaux.
The main feature of this jacket is its undeniable warmth. Insulated with an ample amount of down, we stayed warm when temperatures dropped below freezing. Insulated with 600-fill-power Traceable Down (duck down traced from parent farm to apparel factory to help ensure the birds that supply it are not force-fed or live-plucked), we like that Patagonia is going the extra step in trying to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
There are two exterior pockets with zippers, and both sides of the pockets are lined with microfleece. Our hands warmed up a lot of faster in cold weather, compared to jackets that lacked lining in the pockets, like the Legendary Whitetails Anchorage Parka and the North Face Arrowood Triclimate Jacket. There is one interior pocket with a zipper, perfect for a cell phone or keys.
The hood has a decent amount of insulation and is attached by snaps. There is no fur ruff around the hood like the Canada Goose Kensington Parka or Shelburne Parka, but we still thought the hood did an excellent job of keeping us warm. It had more insulation than the Columbia Heavenly and The North Face Metropolis Parka II.
Over the three months that we tested this jacket, we didn't have any issues with the durability. We didn't see many feathers escaping from the seams, unlike we did with the Patagonia Fiona Down Parka. The DWR (durable water repellent) coating on the exterior polyester fabric kept us dry in light snow, but it's not waterproof. If you are worried about the durability of the outer shell, consider the water-resistant and stylish, Kuhl Arktik Down Parka. Its outer shell is coated in wax and gives it a rustic look while protecting you from potential snags and tares.
The Down With It is a super warm jacket for a cold environment. It's perfect for commuting to work in or walking the dog. We had no issues when temperatures hit freezing and even below that. This contender does run a bit small, so if you are planning on wearing it with other heavier layers underneath, consider ordering a size up.
At a price tag of $299, this competitor is a great deal, as you are investing in a seriously warm jacket. The quality of the construction of the jacket is better than the Columbia Heavenly and the Legendary Whitetails Anchorage Parka and will last for seasons to come. The Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Down Jacket is a well-priced option that will do a better job at keeping you protected from the elements this winter.
Even though the Patagonia Down With It Parka wasn't an award winner, we were still impressed with the amount of warmth it delivered. (If only it was longer!) This jacket is water-resistant, not waterproof, but it kept us dry in light snow. Take note that this model tends to run on the small side, and the down insulation almost feels a bit restricting. If you are someone that likes to wear layers with a jacket or wants more mobility, consider ordering a size up.
— Liz Williamson