Down With It Parka Updates
Patagonia made some changes to this parka, namely in the way of the down fill and baffle construction. While the previous version used 700 fill power down, the updated jacket employs 600 fill power down that is all recycled from other down products. The baffles are now on a slant for a more feminine, contoured silhouette. Compare the two versions below; the latest Down With It Parka is pictured first in green, followed by the grey jacket that we tested before.
We're linking to this updated version, but be aware that the review to follow pertains to the previous model we tested.
Hands-On Review of the Down With It Parka
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.
This coat has a sporty vibe like the Fiona Down Parka and the Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket, but it has more of a winter look and feel. Insulated with 600-fill down, this jacket can handle cold temperatures.
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 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)!
This jacket is lacking any sort of internal cuffs. This was a big bummer to see on such a detail- and quality-orientated coat. Perhaps in the future, Patagonia will change this.
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 that some of the sleeker, lightweight jackets. Reaching mid-thigh, the Down With It has a flattering look, despite being insulated with lofty down.
This parka is insulated with thick, lofty down. Despite being stuffed with plush down, this jacket maintained a stylish look, but because there was an ample amount of down insulation and the jacket ran a bit small, we felt a little constricted.
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. 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.
We found this jacket was somewhat tight and snug in the shoulders and the arms. It was hard to fit an extra layer underneath. Granted, we were usually warm enough that we didn't need an extra layer, but consider ordering a size up if you want to be able to wear a thicker layer underneath.
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.
In addition to the tight fit in our shoulders and arms, this jacket runs a bit small overall - most likely because of the ample down insulation. We tested the Patagonia Fiona Down Parka in the same size and didn't have any issues. We didn't really use the 2-way zipper often to help with better mobility because this jacket only reached mid-thigh, but it's nice to have it if we need it.
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 North Face Arrowood Triclimate Jacket. There is one interior pocket with a zipper, perfect for a cell phone or keys.
Microfleece-lined pockets are a cozy and warm feature we love to see on jackets. It's a lot nicer to slip your hand into fuzzy pockets than into a cold nylon or polyester lined pocket. We especially love that these pockets had microfleece lining on both sides.
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's 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 durability. We didn't see many feathers escaping from the seams. 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 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.