Patagonia Jackson Glacier - Women's Review
Cons: Awkward collar, small hood
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Patagonia Jackson Glacier - Women's
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|Pros||Warm, extremely light, mostly comfortable||Comfortable, durable fabric, awesome pockets, weather-proof and breathable||Warm, flattering, cozy, double-sided zipper, functional pockets||Waterproof, windproof, breathable, warm, durable||Stylish, incredibly warm, lightweight to down ratio, detachable fur hood|
|Cons||Awkward collar, small hood||On the bulky side, face fabric holds onto water||No front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproof||Cold pockets, slightly tight shoulders, and collar||Somewhat bulky, not waterproof, some feather & down loss|
|Bottom Line||Sleek and warm with no-sew baffles, this technical parka is very protective||An extremely warm, comfortable, stylish, and durable parka with lots of pockets||Serious warmth is packed into this lightweight, flattering, and reasonably priced parka||A warm and waterproof winter jacket that is available at a reasonable price||A stylish winter jacket that will keep you warm when temperatures start to drop|
|Rating Categories||Jackson Glacier||Fjallraven Nuuk - W...||Marmot Montreaux||The North Face Arct...||Rab Deep Cover Parka|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|Specs||Jackson Glacier||Fjallraven Nuuk - W...||Marmot Montreaux||The North Face Arct...||Rab Deep Cover Parka|
|Insulation and Fill Power||700 fill recycled duck and goose down||Supreme microloft (100% polyester)||700 fill power duck down with water resistant Down Defender||550 fill goose down and recycled polyester insultation||650 fill RDS Certified Hydrophobic European duck down|
|Fill Weight||170 g||250 g||221 g||Down - unavailable, Synthetic - 150 g||340 g|
|Hood||Insulated||Insulated with detachable faux fur trim||Insulated, removable, detachable faux fur trim||Adjustable, insulated with removable faux fur trim||Insulated, detachable hood with faux fur trim|
|Pockets||2 zippered handwarmer, 1 internal chest (zippered)||2 internal, 2 bellows, 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 2 chest||2 zippered handwarmer, 2 internal chest (1 zippered)||1 internal, 2 external||1 internal, 2 external|
|Weight (size small)||2.0 lbs||3.7 lbs||2.3 lbs||2.8 lbs||1.9 lbs|
|Weather Resistant Features||DWR treatment||Waterproof, windproof||Water resistant down, DWR treatment||Waterproof, windproof, breathable (DryVent), DWR||DWR treatment|
|Sizes Available||XS to XL||XXS to XXL||XS to XXL||XS to 3XL||6 to 18|
|Social or Environmental Certifications||100% recylced down, 100% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester lining, Fair Trade Certified sewn||Fluorocarbon-free impregnation||Lining 100% recycled polyester, Responsible Down Standard||650 RDS - (responsble down standards) certified hydrophobic European Duck Down, fluorocarbon-free Hydrophobic Down|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Jackson Glacier parka's warmth surprised us a little. Its light and comparatively thin construction make it hard to believe it can keep up with the bulkier options we tested. Our lead tester stood still outside in 17-degree weather for 10 minutes. She recorded how warm she felt and checked each jackets' surface temperature with a laser thermometer at regular intervals. The Jackson Glacier's external temps were some of the lowest in the test, indicating that more warmth stayed inside.
Of course, we shouldn't be that surprised. The jacket does have a fair bit of high-quality down, wrist cuffs, and an insulated hood. The non-detachable hood is smaller and more fitted than most, which helps hold warm air around your ears. We liked it best when it was tightened down over our head a bit to hold it in place. And yes, it will tighten down. You have to find and squeeze the tucked away internal cinches on either side.
The Glacier's 100% recycled polyester fabric has a durable water repellent finish (DWR) that helps water roll off the jacket. The coating did a great job of shedding water in our shower test. While it's not waterproof, drops rolled right off for several minutes without ever seeming to soak through. The no-sew seams avoid the tiny stitch holes that can let water seep inside.
We are also really impressed with the zipper. We let the water pound on it for a full minute without even a drop working through. We prefer to have a flap that snaps over it to give us peace of mind, though (and because we love snapping a few buttons instead of zipping the whole coat). But it doesn't seem necessary with this bomber coat.
What did get wet was our shower tester's face, neck, and the front of her shirt. That's because the hood is too shallow to form a bill over your face. And the collar comes up just under the point of our chin, leaving room for the rain to roll into the jacket. Snow doesn't infiltrate the same way, but if it were very wet, we'd be worried.
We appreciate that the hood is a little snug to hold in warmth, but it just doesn't stand up to precipitation as much as we'd like.
We love pulling this jacket on and anticipating its warmth. The smooth liner glides over winter layers, and the cut is roomy enough to accommodate a few. It feels light on and moves well. The shoulders feel a little tight when we try the universal are-the-shoulders-tight? arm cross, but they give us plenty of room to comfortably raise our arms. The pockets are well placed and big enough for a hand or a phone.
When this jacket is unzipped or only zipped up to our chest, we have no complaints. Zipping it to the base of our necks or all the way up brings its pokey collar into play. The collar often holds the zipper under your chin, and it can jab you. It's especially awkward when you zip it all the way up. It hits right at the point of our chins and easily slides back to jab us. We avoid zip it up because of this. The margin for error here is thinner than with the other jackets. If you have a chance, try this jacket on to see if this is an issue for you.
This jacket's high quality down and no stitch quilting makes for a slim and streamlined profile. It helps us feel put together, whether on city streets or wandering around on the trail. We also appreciate the classic colors and lack of branding. All of it comes together to create a general impression of elegance.
For us, though, the cut and proportions don't come together in an inspired way. The jacket tends to bunch in the midsection when you move around or sit. It's a common parka issue, and maybe we notice it more with the Glacier since it is otherwise so streamlined.
And the whole look works better when you aren't wearing the hood. Its close fit keeps you warm but makes your head look tiny, particularly when compared to the winter coat proportions we're used to.
During the several months we tested these jackets, we saw nothing to indicate durability issues with the Glacier. The zipper seems sturdy, and the recycled polyester fabric shrugs off branches, and minimal stitches cut down on stuff to snag. Since the hood doesn't detach, you have fewer weak points to consider.
The two hand pockets zip and stayed dry in the shower test. They're lined with microfleece, fit our hands and our phones, and we like them. The internal chest pocket also zips and has a port to slide your headphone cords through.
The hood doesn't detach. On its face, this doesn't bother us. We pretty much always want a hood on our winter coat as insurance. But, if it did detach, the collar would be designed differently, and it might just be comfortable.
It's also a little tricky to figure out how to snug the hood down. There is a drawcord hidden beneath a flap at the back that tightens it around your head. And two cinches are hidden in the fabric around your jawline. Press those as you pull the cord tabs to snug it down.
This jacket is expensive but is within the range of its competition. The extra warmth, general comfort, and street-ready style are all well worth the money. If the hood and collar combo irritate your neck like it did ours, though, that's a frustrating issue at this price point. If you get a chance to try this jacket on, make sure the collar works well for you.
With Patagonia products, you're also paying a bit more for environmental and ethical decisions like fair trade, recycled down, and recycled polyester. If these steps toward sustainability and ethical treatment of humans and animals matter to you, they certainly add to the jacket's value.
Overall we're impressed with the warmth, weather resistance, and style of the Jackson Glacier. We wish the collar and hood had slightly different proportions.
— Clark Tate