We fell in love with the Rab Deep Cover Parka immediately. Despite being insulated with cozy 650 fill down, this jacket maintained a flattering look while keeping us warm and toasty. The exterior layer is coated with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish, which was great for light snow, but not the best option for wet, rainy weather.
Rab Deep Cover Parka Review
Cons: Somewhat bulky, not waterproof, some feather & down loss
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Our Analysis and Test Results
There are three subtle, elegant colors to choose from — Black, Army, and Deep Denim — that compliment the style. Insulated with 650 R.D.S Certified Hydrophobic European Duck Down we didn't feel restricted when wearing it and the down didn't feel too bulky. Weighing in at 1.9 lbs, this model is on the lighter side.
We can't deny how warm the Deep Cover. At first, it seemed like any other winter jacket; it consists of an okay amount of down, a nice style, and a cozy hood.
The detachable hood with a faux fur ruff added extra warmth in windy, stormy, and cold temperatures. The hood was snug and warm enough that a beanie underneath wasn't necessary. An added feature that made a difference in cold weather was the nylon cuffs with thumb holes. We loved this feature.
There aren't too many issues with the Deep Cover, but we do want to note that it's not waterproof. The exterior fabric is a durable nylon material, which was somewhat water-resistant, but again, not waterproof. It performed as intended in light snow, but after a short period worn in rain and heavy snow, it started to become saturated. Saturation then becomes an issue if the insulation consists of down; when down becomes soaked, it compromises the loftiness, and in turn, the jacket is not as warm.
The Deep Cover is exceptionally stylish despite being insulated with plush, warm down. It reaches mid-thigh and can easily be dressed up for a night out on the town. It's also perfect après-ski wear.
The stitching is closer together on the sides, while the rest of the jacket offers a different pattern style. The exterior nylon fabric of our model had a matte finish, despite the pictures on the website. In the sun, it can have more of a shiny appearance.
We had a hard time taking this jacket off; it was just that comfortable. The Deep Cover's down insulation is just the right amount to make it warm and comfy, without feeling like you're wearing a heavy, bulky sleeping bag. It reaches mid-thigh, which allowed us to move around in it a touch better than other longer-length models. The extra mobility was beneficial when we were running errands or going out for a brisk walk.
The Deep Cover is not a super feature friendly jacket, like our Editors' Choice award winner, the North Face Outer Boroughs Parka, which is loaded with features. But it had the appropriate features we needed to stay warm on some of the coldest days of the season, which we appreciated.
The hood has a fabulous faux fur ruff. The two exterior pockets are lined with microfleece on one side; usually, this would equate to experiencing a touch of cold, since double-sided microfleece is ideal. Fortunately, the wrist has nylon cuffs with thumb holes which provided incredible warmth and meant we were able to stay as warm as if the pockets were double-lined.
There is one interior media pocket with a zipper, which is perfect for a cell phone or keys. The main zipper is double-sided, allowing for access from both ends and can be utilized for more movement, or to let in some cold air (if you find yourself overheating). There is also a wind flap behind the main zipper that does an excellent job of keeping cold air out.
Since the material is nylon, you'll want to be aware that there is potential for snags. There is also a lot of exterior stitching due to how the down insulation is placed. We read some reviews where people said they started to see feathers coming out from the stitching at the seams. Over the three months that we tested, we didn't notice this happening at an alarming rate. We experienced absolutely no durability issues with any of the Canada Goose models, though you do pay a pretty penny more.
This competitor is a steal. It's undeniably warm, stylish, and form-fitting. If you are worried about it not being waterproof and don't want to spend quite as much dough, check out the best buy winning Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Down Jacker. For a little more, you'll get a warm and waterproof contender at a fair price that won't break the bank.
Simply put, we love the Rab Deep Cover. From its simple look to the beautiful faux fur ruff around the hood, Rab did a great job of making sure every detail was done well. Did we forget to mention that this jacket is warm and lightweight?
— Liz Williamson