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Patagonia Jackson Glacier - Women's Review

Sleek and warm with no-sew baffles, this technical parka is very protective
Patagonia Jackson Glacier - Women's
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Price:  $399 List | $399.00 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Warm, light, largely comfortable
Cons:  Somewhat awkward collar, small hood
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Clark Tate ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 3, 2020
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#4 of 15
  • Warmth - 30% 9
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 7
  • Comfort - 25% 8
  • Style - 10% 7
  • Durability - 10% 9

Our Verdict

The Jackson Glacier is a warm, trim, and techy winter parka from Patagonia. The best aspect of this jacket is that it's impressively cozy while feeling lightweight and keeping an incredibly slim profile. The jacket wraps you in 170 g of 700-fill recycled down, which means it's high-quality, very lofty, and highly compressible. The down tucks neatly into no-sew quilted baffles, avoiding thread holes. That helps the durable water repellent (DWR) finish on the 100% recycled polyester fabric keep water out and feathers in. While an awkward fitting hood and collar keep us from falling totally in love, this very warm jacket keeps you looking sharp.

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Pros Warm, light, largely comfortableSeriously warm, flattering, removable faux fur ruff, double sided zipper, functional pocketsFlattering, waterproof, durable, three jackets in one, recycled down and polyesterAthletic fit, comfortable, stylish, temperature regulating, waterproofStylish, comfortable, easy to wear
Cons Somewhat awkward collar, small hoodNo front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproofUninsulated hood, tight shoulders, no two-way zipper on down jacket, tricky pocketsSleeves and hem can be chilly, finicky zipper, expensiveNot as warm, awkward pockets
Bottom Line This warm and trim parka is sophisticated and can handle itself in rough weatherAn insanely warm and cute jacket that won't break the bankThis parka is a versatile option that shines in wet winter conditionsStylish and functional, this jacket will keep you dry and warm when moving around in the winter monthsWhile it's not the warmest jacket it is comfortable, cute, and easy to wear
Rating Categories Jackson Glacier Marmot Montreaux Tres 3-in-1 Parka Arc'teryx Patera Parka Columbia Suttle Mountain Long
Warmth (30%)
9
10
7
7
7
Weather Resistance (25%)
7
6
10
9
7
Comfort (25%)
8
10
8
9
9
Style (10%)
7
10
8
9
9
Durability (10%)
9
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9
8
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Specs Jackson Glacier Marmot Montreaux Tres 3-in-1 Parka Arc'teryx Patera... Columbia Suttle...
Insulation and Fill Power 700 fill recycled duck and goose down 700 fill power duck down with water resistant Down Defender 700 fill recycled duck and goose down 750 fill European goose down, Coreloft synthetic insulation 100% polyester synthetic down and thermal-reflective lining
Fill Weight 170 g 221 g 150 g Down - 59 g for size small, Synthetic - 100 g Coreloft Not available
Hood Insulated Insulated, removable, detachable faux fur trim Uninsulated, removable Insulated, adjustable hood Insulated, detachable faux fur trim
Length Knee-length Knee-length Mid-thigh Mid-thigh Mid-thigh
Pockets 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 internal chest (zippered) 2 zippered handwarmer, 2 internal chest (1 zippered) 2 zippered handwarmer in shell, 2 zippered handwarmer and 1 internal chest in down liner jacket 1 internal, 2 external 2 snap handwarmer, 1 external zipped chest
Weight (size small) 2.0 lbs 2.25 lbs 2.9 lbs 2.2 lbs 2.4 lbs
2-way zipper Yes Yes Yes and No Yes Yes
Main Fabric 100% recycled polyester 100% polyester 100% polyester, H2No 75D polyester, 2-layer Gore-Tex 100% polyester
Weather Resistant Features DWR treatment Water resistant down, DWR treatment Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish Water resistant fabric
Sizes Available XS to XL XS to XXL XS to XXL XS to XL XS to 3X
Top Features No stitch bonded quilting Plush fleece lined torso, micro fleece pockets and cuffs Zip-out two layer design, removable hood, fleece-lined pockets Down Composite mapping, storm cuffs Fleece-lined hood, thermal reflective lining
Social or Environmental Certifications 100% recylced down, 100% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester lining, Fair Trade Certified sewn 100% recycled down, 50% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester jacket, Fair Trade Certified sewn

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


High fill power down lets the Jackson Glacier keep you warm without...
High fill power down lets the Jackson Glacier keep you warm without feeling bulky.
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Warmth


The Jackson Glacier parka's warmth surprised us a little. It's light and comparatively thin construction makes it hard to believe it can keep up with the bulkier options we tested. Our lead tester stood still outside, watching the sunrise at below-freezing temperatures. She was recording both how warm she felt and checking each jackets' surface temperature with a laser thermometer at regular intervals. The Jackson Glacier's external temps stayed a bit lower than any other jacket, 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 just have to find and squeeze the hidden internal cinches on either side.

We were impressed by how well the Glacier's DWR finish sheds water.
We were impressed by how well the Glacier's DWR finish sheds water.
Photo: Clark Tate

Weather Resistance


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 minutes without ever seeming to soak through. The no-sew seams are meant to help. Every stitch creates a tiny hole in your jacket, avoiding them keeps water from seeping 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 do prefer to have a flap that snaps over the zipper to give us peace of mind (and because it makes it easy to snap a few buttons instead of zipping the whole coat). But it doesn't seem necessary with this bomber coat.

While we appreciate that the close-fitting hood kept us warm, it...
While we appreciate that the close-fitting hood kept us warm, it didn't do much to keep water off our face and out of the collar in the shower test.
Photo: Clark Tate

What did get wet, was our shower tester's face, neck, and the front of her shirt. That's because the hood is a little 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. We're worried that snow could infiltrate the same way, though we haven't had a chance to wear it on a snowy day.

We appreciate that the hood is a little snug to hold in warmth, but it just doesn't stand up to precipitation like we expected it to.

This jacket allows for a great range of motion.
This jacket allows for a great range of motion.
Photo: Clark Tate

Comfort


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 and a phone.

When this jacket 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 a 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.

Other online reviews comment on the issue, with some stating that it isn't a problem for them. 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 it's an issue for you.

We feel pretty suave in this jacket as long as we don't pull the...
We feel pretty suave in this jacket as long as we don't pull the hood up.
Photo: Clark Tate

Style


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 just 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.

We expect this well-constructed parka to last for years.
We expect this well-constructed parka to last for years.
Photo: Clark Tate

Durability


During the several months we tested these jackets, we saw nothing to indicate durability issues with the Glacier. 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.

A few online reviewers mentioned that their zipper malfunctioned, and that is a traditional weak point for gear. We would be surprised if this happens very often. If it does, Patagonia offers a gear guarantee that should repair it at no or low cost.

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Features


The two hand pockets zip stayed dry in the shower test, and they are lined with microfleece. They 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.

We really appreciate Patagonia's commitment to the environment and...
We really appreciate Patagonia's commitment to the environment and its efforts to improve fair compensation for labor.
Photo: Clark Tate

Value


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 labor treatment matter to you, they certainly add to the value of the jacket.

Conclusion


Overall we're impressed with the warm, weather resistance, and style of the Jackson Glacier. We just wish the collar and hood had slightly different proportions.

We feel prepared for the cold, wet, wild, blue, yonder in this one.
We feel prepared for the cold, wet, wild, blue, yonder in this one.
Photo: Clark Tate

Clark Tate