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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|Pros||Warm, stylish, comfortable||Seriously warm, flattering, removable faux fur ruff, double sided zipper, functional pockets||Flattering, waterproof, durable, three jackets in one, recycled down and polyester||Warm, light, largely comfortable||Stylish, comfortable, easy to wear|
|Cons||Runs small, tight shoulders, limited mobility||No front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproof||Uninsulated hood, tight shoulders, no two-way zipper on down jacket, tricky pockets||Somewhat awkward collar, small hood||Not as warm, awkward pockets|
|Bottom Line||Lofty down offers ample warmth on cold winter days||An insanely warm and cute jacket that won't break the bank||This parka is a versatile option that shines in wet winter conditions||This warm and trim parka is sophisticated and can handle itself in rough weather||While 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|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|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|
|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
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
— Clark Tate