Patagonia Down With It Parka Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Warm, stylish, comfortable
Cons: Runs small, tight shoulders, limited mobility
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Patagonia Down With It Parka
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|Pros||Warm, stylish, comfortable||Warm, flattering, cozy, double-sided zipper, functional pockets||Waterproof, windproof, breathable, warm, durable||Stylish, incredibly warm, lightweight to down ratio, detachable fur hood||Stylish, comfortable, easy to wear|
|Cons||Runs small, tight shoulders, limited mobility||No front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproof||Cold pockets, slightly tight shoulders, and collar||Somewhat bulky, not waterproof, some feather & down loss||Not as warm, awkward pockets|
|Bottom Line||A comfortable, warm, simple, and sweet puffy winter jacket||Serious warmth is packed into this lightweight, flattering, and reasonably priced parka||A warm and waterproof winter jacket that is available at a reasonable price||A stylish winter jacket that will keep you warm when temperatures start to drop||This cute, casual parka is good for warmer or more active days|
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|Specs||Patagonia Down With...||Marmot Montreaux||The North Face Arct...||Rab Deep Cover Parka||Columbia Suttle Mou...|
|Insulation and Fill Power||600 fill recycled duck and goose down||700 fill power duck down with water resistant Down Defender||550 fill goose down and recycled polyester insultation||650 fill RDS Certified Hydrophobic European duck down||100% polyester synthetic down and thermal-reflective lining|
|Fill Weight||200 g||221 g||Down - unavailable, Synthetic - 150 g||340 g||Unavailable|
|Hood||Insulated, removable||Insulated, removable, detachable faux fur trim||Adjustable, insulated with removable faux fur trim||Insulated, detachable hood with faux fur trim||Insulated, detachable faux fur trim|
|Pockets||2 zippered handwarmer, 1 internal zippered chest pocket||2 zippered handwarmer, 2 internal chest (1 zippered)||1 internal, 2 external||1 internal, 2 external||2 snap handwarmer, 1 external zipped chest|
|Weight (size small)||2.2 lbs||2.3 lbs||2.8 lbs||1.9 lbs||2.4 lbs|
|Weather Resistant Features||DWR treatment||Water resistant down, DWR treatment||Waterproof, windproof, breathable (DryVent), DWR||DWR treatment||Water resistant fabric|
|Sizes Available||XS to XL||XS to XXL||XS to 3XL||6 to 18||XS to 3X|
|Social or Environmental Certifications||100% recylced down, 100% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester lining, Fair Trade Certified sewn, bluesign approved fabric||Lining 100% recycled polyester, Responsible Down Standard||650 RDS - (responsble down standards) certified hydrophobic European Duck Down, fluorocarbon-free Hydrophobic Down|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Standing around in 17-degree weather 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, but they are puffy enough to limit any drafts. But a cuff would be nice.
The generously sized, three-panel, insulated hood offers plenty of coverage while staying well out of the way of your eye line. 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. The high collar is soft and wide enough to comfortably accommodate your chin to keep more of your face warm.
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 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 through the front. Unfortunately, the hood is a bit too shallow to save your face from the faucet, or the 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. It does cut wind well.
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 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.
We feel plenty cozy and warm when wearing the Down With It Parka, which always helps the comfort factor. The jacket slides easily over layers thanks to a smooth inner lining. Weighing in at 2.2 pounds, it feels quite light and never 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.
The fleece lining inside the collar is soft against your cheeks and chin, and the cut gives you enough room to tuck your chin inside the coat. We really love how protected and comfy we feel with the hood pulled on 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.
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 reapply a layer to this jacket at some point. The chemicals tend to be quite toxic. Be careful how you handle them. The other common weak point is the zipper. This one appears to work perfectly.
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.
You can easily detach or reattach the hood with snaps. There is no fur ruff, and we'd like one, but it works well enough without it.
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 tested. The down, shell, and lining are 100% recycled and the sewing labor is Fair Trade Certified.
Even though the Patagonia Down With It Parka doesn't win any awards, we're 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.
— Clark Tate