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Patagonia Fitz Roy Down Hoodie - Womens Review

Price:  $379 List
Pros:  Box-baffle construction, thick and warm, high quality down, helmet compatible hood, soft chin-guard and pockets
Cons:  Does not use as much down fill as other ultra-warm parkas, not as durable or water resistant as other parkas, shorter hemline
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Manufacturer:   Patagonia

Our Verdict

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This jacket is discontinued. Check out our full Women's Winter Jacket Review for awesome alternatives.

A lightweight, windproof, and extra lofty technical parka, the Patagonia Fitz Roy is a step up in warmth from other Patagonia jackets like the Down Sweater. Compared to other technical parkas such as the Rab Neutrino Endurance Jacket - Women's,] The Fitz Roy is more expensive, has a shorter hemline, and offers less protection from weather. Where the Fitz Roy is notable is in its construction. It uses box-baffles in the torso to allow for greater loft and less cold spots along seams. For an average styled winter jacket, we like the looks and color selection of this one, though it is not as feminine as the longer, more tailored parkas like the Patagonia Fiona Parka - Women's.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
McKenzie Long

Last Updated:
Tuesday
November 13, 2012

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Performance Comparison



Warmth


The Fitz Roy has 5 ounces of down (151 g) compared to the 7 ounces found in the Neutrino Endurance. Even though the Fitz Roy uses box-baffle construction while the Neutrino Endurance does not, the Neutrino is warmer due to a longer cut in the back and more down packed into the jacket overall.

Comfort & Coziness


A soft chin-guard, soft hand pockets, a large hood, and an overall cushy feel make this jacket very comfortable.

Style & Construction


The box-baffles help to maximize the loft reached by the high quality 800 fill down, which makes it warmer than a sewn-through jacket with the same amount of down would be.

One of the main complaints of this jacket is that the hem is cut too short. Especially compared to the other technical parkas such as the MHW Chillwave and the Rab Neutrino Endurance, the shorter hem leaves more of your body out in the cold.

Durability


The recycled polyester ripstop that this parka is made out of is not as durable as the Pertex Endurance found on the Neutrino Endurance. It is a lighter material that compresses well, but is more susceptible to snags.

Wind & Water Resistance


A DWR coating protects this jacket against a light spray of water for a time, but this coating eventually wears off. It is not very water resistant in a dousing. The material is windproof, keeping you protected in blowing cold.

Compactness & Weight


At just over a pound, the Fitz Roy is lighter than both the other technical parkas we evaluated, the Rab Neutrino Endurance. It does not come with a stuff sack, but the high quality down compresses well.

Best Application


This parka works well as a belay jacket, a thick puffy to bring along on alpine climbs, or a warm every day winter jacket. It is not as durable or as versatile as the other technical parkas we evaluated, but is much warmer than the lightweight jackets in our Women's Down Jacket review.

Value


With a list price that is higher than both the Chillwave and the Rab Neutrino, but a design that is less technical or versatile, we think that your money would be better spent on one of the other technical parkas unless you find this one on sale.
McKenzie Long

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