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, wintery vibe. Insulated with 600-fill down, it can handle cold temperatures with ease.
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.
The hood is insulated with a decent amount of down. When we zipped the jacket up and put the hood on, we were extra toasty and snug. 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.
This jacket is lacking any sort of internal cuffs. This was a big bummer to see on such a detail- and quality-oriented 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.
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, 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 this, the jacket maintains a stylish look, but because there was an ample amount of down insulation and the sizing 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, but they aren't necessary.
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.
We found this jacket was somewhat 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.
Because this jacket only reached mid-thigh, we rarely used the 2-way zipper, but it's nice to have 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. 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, but we still thought the hood did an excellent job of keeping us warm.
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.
This competitor is a great deal, as you are investing in a seriously warm jacket.
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.