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Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka - Women's Review

Wet, sloppy weather doesn't stand a chance against this versatile winter jacket
Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka - Women's
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Price:  $599 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Flattering, waterproof, durable, three jackets in one, recycled down and polyester
Cons:  Uninsulated hood, tight shoulders, no two-way zipper on down jacket, tricky pockets
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Clark Tate ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 18, 2021
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  • Warmth - 30% 7
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 9
  • Comfort - 25% 7
  • Style - 10% 9
  • Durability - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 is built to transition from chilly shoulder seasons to the heart of winter. The sleek outer shell brushes off rain, snow, sleet, and wind. The inner layer is so cozy that we find ourselves wearing it on the couch. When you zip the two together, you're ready for wet, windy, and cold conditions. The jacket runs small, and the hood and pockets lack insulation. It's also expensive. On the upside, you get three coats for the price of two, and we're impressed with all of them.

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Pros Comfortable, durable fabric, awesome pockets, weather-proof and breathableExtremely warm, waterproof, lots of pockets, soft collarAthletic fit, comfortable, stylish, temperature regulating, waterproofFlattering, waterproof, durable, three jackets in one, recycled down and polyesterWindproof, warm, super comfortable, lightweight, packs into a pillow
Cons On the bulky side, face fabric holds onto waterToo warm for most conditions, heavy, real coyote-fur could deter someSleeves and hem are less insulated, tricky hood tightened, expensiveUninsulated hood, tight shoulders, no two-way zipper on down jacket, tricky pocketsNot waterproof, hood doesn’t detach, finicky zipper
Bottom Line An extremely warm, comfortable, stylish, and durable parka with lots of pocketsThis jacket keeps you alive in killer weather but is too much for most conditionsA classically stylish waterproof winter jacket that helps you avoid overheatingWet, sloppy weather doesn't stand a chance against this versatile winter jacketBomber windproof construction is packed into this warm mid-thigh length parka
Rating Categories Fjallraven Nuuk - W... Expedition Parka Arc'teryx Patera Parka Tres 3-in-1 Parka Canada Goose Camp H...
Warmth (30%)
9.0
10.0
6.0
7.0
8.0
Weather Resistance (25%)
7.0
10.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
Comfort (25%)
9.0
6.0
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Style (10%)
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Durability (10%)
9.0
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Specs Fjallraven Nuuk - W... Expedition Parka Arc'teryx Patera Parka Tres 3-in-1 Parka Canada Goose Camp H...
Insulation and Fill Power Supreme microloft (100% polyester) 625 fill duck down 750 fill down 700 fill recycled duck and goose down 750 fill hutterite white duck down
Fill Weight 250 g Unavailable 59 g Down, 100 g Coreloft 150 g Unavailable
Hood Insulated with detachable faux fur trim Insulated with detachable coyote faux fur trim Insulated hood Uninsulated, removable 2-way adjustable tunnel hood
Pockets 2 internal, 2 bellows, 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 2 chest 4 large handwarmer, 1 sleeve utility, 1 flap-closure sleeve, 3 internal pockets - 1 zippered security, 1 drop-in 2 handwarmer, 1 internal chest pocket 2 zippered handwarmer in shell, 2 zippered handwarmer and 1 internal chest in down liner jacket 2 external, 1 internal, 1 internal stretch mesh pocket
Weight (size small) 3.7 lbs 4.6 lbs 2.0 lbs 2.9 lbs 1.3 lbs
2-way zipper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Weather Resistant Features Waterproof, windproof Waterproof, windproof Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish Windproof, DWR treatment
Sizes Available XXS to XXL XS to XL XS to XXL XS to XXL 2XS to 2XL
Social or Environmental Certifications Fluorocarbon-free impregnation Some materials meet bluesign criteria
Responsible Down Standard
100% recycled down, 50% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester jacket, Fair Trade Certified sewn

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Patagonia Tres is two coats that zip together to create one winter parka. Each layer can handle an array of weather. The lightweight outer shell is constructed with Patagonia's H2No waterproof, breathable and windproof stretch-twill. It's 100% polyester, 50% of which is recycled.

The inner layer has about 150 grams (depending on your size) of 700 fill recycled down and wrapped in recycled polyester. When zipped together, this jacket is ready for winter. Weighing 2.9 lbs, it isn't super lightweight but never feels bulky or heavy.

Performance Comparison


When you zip the 700 fill recycled down jacket into the 2-layer...
When you zip the 700 fill recycled down jacket into the 2-layer shell to create the true Tres parka, you've got a warm, windproof, and waterproof package.
Photo: Austin Trigg

Warmth


While the outer shell has two layers and is substantial for a rain jacket, it's not insulated. It does do an exceptional job of protecting from wind, rain, and snow, though. That protective bubble keeps the weather out, so the inner 700 fill down jacket can capture your body's heat. The high-quality is effective while keeping the layer compact and easy to compress. The down coat alone keeps you warm to around the freezing point on a dry day. The jackets are very toasty when zipped together.


Since the down layer is lighter than other options we tested, the Tres doesn't top the warmth ratings. The outer pockets and hood are also uninsulated, and our hands get chilly in the front pockets. For freezing days, you'll need a toque and gloves to stay comfortable. The shell's hood adjustable and a cinch to snug up around your face. It's also is large enough to fit a beanie underneath. We'd love to see a hood included on the inner down jacket to improve warmth overall.

We never felt chilly in the Tres, though we did need to add a beanie...
We never felt chilly in the Tres, though we did need to add a beanie under the uninsulated hood for stormy weather.
Photo: Austin Trigg

Many of the jackets we tested include wrist cuffs to keep drafts out. The Tres does not, and we often felt the cold creep in around our forearms. While the mid-thigh cut provides excellent mobility, it also leaves more of your legs exposed to the elements. If your thighs are often freezing in the winter months, consider a longer parka. Despite these chinks in the Tres' cold-weather armor, it keeps us smiling in storms from cold and snowy to wet and sloppy.

The fully waterproof Tres is an excellent shelter from the storm. It...
The fully waterproof Tres is an excellent shelter from the storm. It blew the competition away in our four-minute shower test.
Photo: Austin Trigg

Weather Resistance


The Tres is one of the best waterproof winter jackets we tested. The sporty outer shell is Patagonia's H2No two-layer waterproof stretch-twill with a DWR finish. The polyester fabric is also windproof, stretchy, and breathable. A storm flap snaps over the zipper ensures that driving snow or rain doesn't work its way in.


We wore this jacket in the shower for four minutes, and only a few splashes made it in at the chin. That might not sound impressive, but water snuck into the other jackets in a lot of unexpected ways, giving us a deep appreciation for the Tres.

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While not waterproof, the down layer has a DWR coating. Water beads up and rolls off the polyester fabric, but not for long. It's not the jacket you want downpour, especially since down loses its loft and insulating properties when wet. When we wore both layers together, we have no qualms about hanging out in wet and windy weather. And there are few things we like better than a jacket that gives us enough confidence to head out in a storm.

We're constantly pulling on one of the Tres' three jacket options.
We're constantly pulling on one of the Tres' three jacket options.
Photo: Clark Tate

Comfort


The Tres is comfortable, no small feat for a 3-in-1 jacket weighing 2.9 pounds. Its comfort exists on a spectrum, however. The light and warm down layer rates the highest, followed by the roomy shell. While the Tres isn't heavy or bulky when zipped together, it is more of both than either layer.


The outer shell is smooth and soft. We like the looser fit and appreciate the fleece lining on the collar and pockets. It's not enough to keep our hands warm, but it is enough to feel soft and inviting. The unlined hood is highly adjustable, making it easy to keep it snug in a storm and out of our line of sight. The hood requires some futzing to feel comfortable with a beanie underneath. Turning your head makes the whole situation feel tight. All told, the shell is more of a workhorse than a cuddly puffy and is quite functional.

The inner down layer is especially cozy. We often curl up in it at...
The inner down layer is especially cozy. We often curl up in it at home.
Photo: Clark Tate

On the other hand, the down layer is so cozy and featherlight that we wear it about half of our waking hours. We get home, pull off the shell, and putz around the house. It's not stuffed with down, and what is there is distributed evenly. Form-fitting and flattering, this layer is soft and stylish. It has fleece-lined pockets too.

The shoulders are a little tight, but we rarely cross our arms...
The shoulders are a little tight, but we rarely cross our arms aggressively enough for it to matter.
Photo: Austin Trigg

The biggest comfort killers are the tight shoulders and lack of insulation in the hood. The jacket works in our regular size with a thin sweater or fleece on. If you wear bulky layers often, consider sizing up.

It's also annoying to sit down with much of anything in your front pockets. Objects can dig into your belly or thighs. We recommend carrying necessities in the internal chest pocket and leaving the outer two for your hands. Sadly, the inner pocket doesn't fit many phones.

A subtle, sophisticated style and quality fabrics keep you looking...
A subtle, sophisticated style and quality fabrics keep you looking polished.
Photo: Austin Trigg

Style


The sporty yet sophisticated Tres is the perfect blend of function and fashion. Resting mid-thigh, the outer shell's polyester twill gives the jacket a smooth, clean appearance. The streamlined profile of both layers keeps the combination from looking bulky, and princess seams on the front and back of the shell add a subtle touch of style.

The Tres has two exterior pockets in both the shell and the down...
The Tres has two exterior pockets in both the shell and the down layer. Only the down layer has an internal chest pocket as well. The hood is uninsulated.
Photo: Clark Tate

The form-fitting down layer is eye-catching on its own. The satin matte finish and flattering slim cut are beautiful. Chevron baffling adds visual interest. It's a perfect layer for quick errands around town. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a two-way zipper. You have less room to lunge around town, but the jacket stretches enough that it never bothered us.

We always felt pulled-together when we pulled on the down layer.
We always felt pulled-together when we pulled on the down layer.
Photo: Clark Tate

The outer layer is looser without the down shell attached, but it drapes nicely and never looks frumpy. If you are on the fence between a puffy women's down jacket or a clean and straightforward style, this model may be perfect because it offers both. We don't love the pockets on either layer when we sit down. They bunch a bit, but it's not a deal-breaker.

The Tres' shells is formidable. We had no durability issues during...
The Tres' shells is formidable. We had no durability issues during testing and predict that it will last for years to come.
Photo: Clark Tate

Durability


No branches are going to snag the impenetrable two-layer shell. And we have no reason to doubt the longevity of Patagonia's signature H2No waterproof, windproof and breathable membrane. The down layer's polyester fabric isn't as bombproof, though we don't have any rips to report. It does shed some down, though never an alarming amount during our months of testing.


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The zipper that connects the two jackets is sturdy and easy to use. We often skipped the step of snapping the cuffs and collars together, though. It's an annoying task because the loops on the down layer are so small. We could see them ripping out over time, though they aren't essential. The attachment points on the shell are more substantial.

The handwarmer pockets are nicely sized and placed.
The handwarmer pockets are nicely sized and placed.
Photo: Austin Trigg

Features


The main feature that this award winner has to offer is its versatility. It's a waterproof raincoat, down layer, and a winter jacket. Putting the layers together takes about a minute.

Patagonia's H2No two-layer waterproof fabric is the force behind this extremely waterproof outer shell. It has a fleece-lined collar and two exterior pockets secured by zippers. The outer shell lacks an interior media pocket. The sleeves on the rain layer have zips that let you adjust your cuff size.

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The down layer has two exterior fleece-lined pockets with zippers. There's also an interior pocket, but it doesn't fit a smartphone. Since it's not comfortable to sit down with your phone in the hand pockets, this jacket doesn't give you a great place to carry one.

If you need a winter coat, light down layer for shoulder seasons...
If you need a winter coat, light down layer for shoulder seasons, and a longer, fashionable raincoat, then this parka is a steal. We didn't really, and we wore it so often that is still felt well worth it.
Photo: Austin Trigg

Value


The Tres is a pretty great deal for what you are getting — three highly functional and flattering jackets. It is an investment, but, considering how much each of these layers costs separately, this jacket is an excellent investment for someone in need of all three.

If supporting people and the environment are some of your values, this jacket supports those too. The jacket is Fair Trade Certified. One hundred percent recycled down keeps you warm, and 100% recycled polyester holds it all together. The shell is made with 50% recycled polyester.

The Tres prepares you for almost any weather in one fell swoop.
The Tres prepares you for almost any weather in one fell swoop.
Photo: Austin Trigg

Conclusion


The Tres provides three excellent, high performing jackets with quality construction. The outer shell blocks wind, rain, and snow, and the down layer keeps you warm. Zip them together, and you've got a winter jacket built for severe winter weather.

Clark Tate