Patagonia Jackson Glacier - Women's Review
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Patagonia Jackson Glacier - Women's
$321.75 at Backcountry
$249.93 at REI
|$379 List||$199 List|
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$65.97 at Amazon
|Pros||Warm, extremely light, mostly comfortable||Incredibly warm and weather-protective, deep hood, amazing pockets||Warm, light, soft, great hood||Warm, comfortable, simple, inexpensive||Inexpensive, comfortable, decent waterproofing, quite warm|
|Cons||Awkward collar, small hood||On the bulky side, face fabric holds onto water||No cinch at the waist, not the most stylish||Shallow hood, no internal pockets||Short, no wrist cuffs, questionable quality|
|Bottom Line||Sleek and warm with no-sew baffles, this technical parka is very protective||A beast of a winter parka that took on arctic blasts and trips around town with ease||This soft, extra-long down parka with a cavernous hood is a dream to wrap up in when the temperatures drop||Cute, streamlined, and warm enough for almost any winter weather, this jacket is a great value||This low-cost winter jacket is warm and waterproof but much shorter than others we tested|
|Rating Categories||Patagonia Jackson G...||Fjallraven Nuuk - W...||Outdoor Research Co...||REI Co-op Norseland...||Wantdo Waterproof Snow|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|Specs||Patagonia Jackson G...||Fjallraven Nuuk - W...||Outdoor Research Co...||REI Co-op Norseland...||Wantdo Waterproof Snow|
|Insulation and Fill Power||700 fill recycled duck and goose down||Supreme microloft (100% polyester)||700 fill down||650 fill duck down||Unavailable|
|Hood||Insulated||Insulated with detachable faux fur trim||Adjustable||Fleece lined||Detachable, insulated hood, with removable faux fur trim|
|Pockets||2 zippered hand warmer, 1 internal chest (zippered)||6 external - 2 chest, 2 hand warmer, 2 catchall. 5 internal - 2 zippered, 1 button, 2 mesh catchall.||2 zippered hand warmer, 1 internal zippered security, 1 internal pouch||2 zippered hand warmer||2 zippered hand warmer, 2 internal - 1 zippered chest, 1 drop-in pocket|
|Weight (size small)||2.0 lbs||3.7 lbs||2.0 lbs||2.0 lbs||2.5 lbs|
|Weather Resistant Features||DWR treatment||Waterproof, windproof||Water and wind resistant||DWR treatment||Waterproof|
|Sizes Available||XS to XL||XXS to XXL||XS to XL||XS to XL||S to XXL|
|Social or Environmental Certifications||100% recylced down, 100% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester lining, Fair Trade Certified sewn||Fluorocarbon-free impregnation||Responsible Down Standard (RDS), Bluesign approved, 100% recycled nylon shell||Responsible Down Standard (RDS), 100% recycled polyester lining, Bluesign approved||None|
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 we tightened it down over the head 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 as waterproof as a rainjacket, drops rolled right off for several minutes without ever soaking through. The no-sew seams avoid the tiny stitch holes that 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 raise our arms comfortably. The pockets are well placed and big enough for a hand or a phone.
We have no complaints when this jacket is unzipped or only zipped up to our chest. Zipping it to the base of our necks or all the way up brings its pokey collar into play. The narrow collar often holds the zipper directly under your chin, and it can jab you. It's incredibly 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 zipping it up because of this. The margin for error here is thinner than with the other jackets. We recommend you try this jacket on if you have the chance to see if this is an issue before buying.
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 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 pockets zipped and stayed dry in the shower test. We like that they're lined with microfleece and fit our hands and phones. The internal chest pocket also zips and has a port to slide your headphone cords through if you haven't yet hopped on the wireless earbuds train.
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. A drawcord is 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.
Should You Buy the Patagonia Jackson Glacier?
Compared to other jackets, the Glacier seems expensive, but it is actually within the same range as its heavyweight 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 as it did ours, though, that's a frustrating issue. If you get a chance to try this jacket on, and the collar is not an issue for you, we feel this is a great lightweight jacket. 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 appeal.
What Other Winter Jackets Should You Consider?
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, but this may not be a deal-breaker for some people. If you like the style and functional aspects of this jacket but want to peruse your options a bit further, we recommend looking at the Outdoor Research Coze Down Parka. It is a bit warmer and earned our highest rating for comfort.
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