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Patagonia Down With It Parka Review

A comfortable, warm, simple, and sweet puffy winter jacket
Patagonia Down With It Parka
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Price:  $299 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Warm, stylish, comfortable
Cons:  Runs small, tight shoulders, limited mobility
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Clark Tate ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 3, 2020
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#13 of 16
  • Warmth - 30% 6
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 4
  • Comfort - 25% 9
  • Style - 10% 7
  • Durability - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The Patagonia Down With It Parkais toasty warm, filled with 200 grams of 600-fill recycled duck and goose down. The baffles slant, which we think gives the jacket a flattering shape. The 100% recycled polyester fabric is bluesign certified and water-resistant, not waterproof, thanks to a durable water repellent (DWR) coating. It can shrug off brief showers but soaks up more water than we'd like. If you want an environmentally-friendly, warm, and durable winter jacket at a reasonable price, this is a great option for you.

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Pros Warm, stylish, comfortableWarm, light, soft, great hoodWarm, flattering, cozy, double-sided zipper, functional pocketsWarm, comfortable, simple, inexpensiveStylish, incredibly warm, lightweight to down ratio, detachable fur hood
Cons Runs small, tight shoulders, limited mobilityNo cinch at the waist, not the most stylishNo front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproofShallow hood, no internal pocketsSomewhat bulky, not waterproof, some feather & down loss
Bottom Line A comfortable, warm, simple, and sweet puffy winter jacketThis soft, extra-long down parka with a cavernous hood is a dream to wrap up in when the temperatures dropSerious warmth is packed into this lightweight, flattering, and reasonably priced parkaCute, streamlined, and warm enough for almost any winter weather, this jacket is a great valueA stylish winter jacket that will keep you warm when temperatures start to drop
Rating Categories Patagonia Down With... Outdoor Research Co... Marmot Montreaux REI Co-op Norseland... Rab Deep Cover Parka
Warmth (30%)
6.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
Weather Resistance (25%)
4.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
3.0
Comfort (25%)
9.0
10.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
Style (10%)
7.0
4.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
Durability (10%)
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
Specs Patagonia Down With... Outdoor Research Co... Marmot Montreaux REI Co-op Norseland... Rab Deep Cover Parka
Insulation and Fill Power 600 fill recycled duck and goose down 700 fill down 700 fill power duck down with water resistant Down Defender 650 fill duck down 650 fill RDS Certified Hydrophobic European duck down
Fill Weight 200 g 240 g 221 g 238 g 340 g
Hood Insulated, removable Adjustable Insulated, removable, detachable faux fur trim Fleece lined Insulated, detachable hood with faux fur trim
Pockets 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 internal zippered chest pocket 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 internal zippered security, 1 internal pouch 2 zippered handwarmer, 2 internal chest (1 zippered) 2 zippered handwarmer 1 internal, 2 external
Weight (size small) 2.2 lbs 2.0 lbs 2.3 lbs 2.0 lbs 1.9 lbs
2-way zipper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Weather Resistant Features DWR treatment Water and wind resistant Water resistant down, DWR treatment DWR treatment DWR treatment
Sizes Available XS to XL XS to XL XS to XXL XS to XL 6 to 18
Social or Environmental Certifications 100% recycled down, 100% recycled polyester lining and shell, Fair Trade Certified sewn, bluesign approved fabric Responsible Down Standard - Certified, bluesign approved, 100% recycled nylon shell Responsible Down Standard - Certified , 100% recycled polyester lining, bluesign approved 650 RDS - (responsble down standards) certified hydrophobic European Duck Down, fluorocarbon-free Hydrophobic Down

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Nothing like standing by a frigid waterfall in a box canyon on a...
Nothing like standing by a frigid waterfall in a box canyon on a cold day in Vermont to test weather resistance and warmth.
Photo: Clark Tate

Warmth


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.

Pulling up the hood and zipping up the collar on this jacket kept us...
Pulling up the hood and zipping up the collar on this jacket kept us cozy even as a cold fog poored up and over the ridge.
Photo: Clark Tate

Weather Resistance


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.

Questionable hat aside, we feel pretty fancy in this fashionable...
Questionable hat aside, we feel pretty fancy in this fashionable parka.
Photo: Clark Tate

Style


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 always looked forward to pulling on this comfortable winter jacket.
We always looked forward to pulling on this comfortable winter jacket.
Photo: Clark Tate

Comfort


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 feel pretty free to be our normal reckless selves when wearing...
We feel pretty free to be our normal reckless selves when wearing this well-constructed parka.
Photo: Clark Tate

Durability


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.

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Features


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.

Looks good, feels good, keeps you warm, and treats laborers and the...
Looks good, feels good, keeps you warm, and treats laborers and the environment with at least some respect. Sounds like a value to us.
Photo: Clark Tate

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

We appreciate how this jacket helps us welcome winter.
We appreciate how this jacket helps us welcome winter.
Photo: Clark Tate

Clark Tate

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