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Rab Deep Cover Parka Review

A stylish winter jacket that will keep you warm when temperatures start to drop.
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Price:  $295 List | $294.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Stylish, incredibly warm, lightweight to down ratio, detachable fur hood
Cons:  Somewhat bulky, not waterproof, some feather & down loss
Manufacturer:   Rab
By Liz Williamson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 22, 2018
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  • Warmth - 30% 8
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 5
  • Comfort - 20% 9
  • Style - 20% 10
  • Durability - 5% 6

Our Verdict

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.


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Pros Stylish, incredibly warm, lightweight to down ratio, detachable fur hoodStylish, faux-fur ruff, adjustable waist, waterproof, windproof, breathable, insulated inner collar, six exterior pockets, rounded drop-tail hem on hood for extra coverage.Insanely warm, form-fitting, thick down, removable faux fur ruff, double sided full zipperForm-fitting, sleek waterproof and durable, three jackets, ethically sourced and cozy downInsulated with 750 fill down, stylish, simple, light
Cons Somewhat bulky, not waterproof, some feather & down lossRuns large, hood isn’t detachable, heavy, finicky zipper, stiff collar.Heavy, somewhat bulky, limited mobility, some feather loss, not waterproofSleeves are short, uninsulated hood, tight shoulders, no two-way zipper on down jacket, pockets lack zippersHood doesn’t detach, no internal cuffs on sleeves, not waterproof
Bottom Line A favorite in our fleet, you'll stay toasty and look fashionable.We stayed warm and dry in wet snowy weather.An insanely warm jacket that won't break the bank.The Tres Down Parka is a superior waterproof option for winter climates.We stayed warm while looking good when temperatures dropped down to freezing.
Rating Categories Rab Deep Cover Parka Outer Boroughs Parka Marmot Montreaux Tres 3-in-1 Parka Arc'teryx Seyla
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Specs Rab Deep Cover Parka Outer Boroughs Parka Marmot Montreaux Tres 3-in-1 Parka Arc'teryx Seyla
Insulation 650 fill R.D.S Certified Hydrophobic European duck down 550-fill down 700 fill down with Down Defender 700-fill recycled down 750-fill European grey goose down
Hood Insulated, detachable hood with faux fur trim Adjustable hood w/ faux fur lining Zip-off, down-filled hood with removable faux fur ruff Removable hood Insulated hood
Length Above-the-knee Above-the-knee Knee-length Above-the-knee Above-the-knee
Pockets 1 internal, 2 external 2 high handwarmer, 2 top-entry front, 2 side-entry front, 1 internal media compatible 2 internal, 2 external 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 internal chest two zippered hand,1 internal zippered security
Weight (size small) 1.9 lbs 3.5 lbs 2.25 lbs 2.9 lbs 1.1 lbs
2-way zipper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Main Fabric 40D 100% Nylon with DWR coating 49% nylon, 33% polyester, 18% cotton canvas 100% polyester with DWR treatment 100% polyester Arato 10 (100% nylon)
Unique Features 650 RDS - (responsble down standards) certified hydrophobic European Duck Down Water-proof shell, storm cuffs Fleece lined torso, hydophic down Zip-out two layer design DWR coated down

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.

Performance Comparison


This was one of the most stylish "puffy" style winter jackets we tested. We never felt restricted when wearing it  and it's insulated with just enough to down to keep us warm while still maintaining a cute look. There is contoured baffling under the arms/side and it gives the jacket an even more stylish appearance. The faux fur around the hood lends itself to the classic winter parka look and feel.
This was one of the most stylish "puffy" style winter jackets we tested. We never felt restricted when wearing it, and it's insulated with just enough to down to keep us warm while still maintaining a cute look. There is contoured baffling under the arms/side and it gives the jacket an even more stylish appearance. The faux fur around the hood lends itself to the classic winter parka look and feel.

Warmth


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.

The faux fur ruff around the hood did a great job at blocking cold winds and precipitation while looking super stylish. The quality wasn't as good as the real fur ruffs on the Canada Goose  but we were impressed nonetheless  and it's cruelty-free! The hood and faux fur ruff on this model are both detachable.
The faux fur ruff around the hood did a great job at blocking cold winds and precipitation while looking super stylish. The quality wasn't as good as the real fur ruffs on the Canada Goose, but we were impressed nonetheless, and it's cruelty-free! The hood and faux fur ruff on this model are both detachable.

Weather Resistance


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.

Front view of the jacket. Form-fitting and sleek  with enough room to move around and fit another layer underneath. We had no issues looking good and staying warm in this jacket.
Front view of the jacket. Form-fitting and sleek, with enough room to move around and fit another layer underneath. We had no issues looking good and staying warm in this jacket.

Style


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.

From all angles we found this jacket to be very stylish. Even though this contender was insulated with a respectable amount of down  we never felt like it had the appearance of being too "puffy".
From all angles we found this jacket to be very stylish. Even though this contender was insulated with a respectable amount of down, we never felt like it had the appearance of being too "puffy".

Comfort


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.

Features


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.

Despite only having micro-fleece lining on one side of the pockets  our hands still stayed warm and toasty. We noticed the difference when we put our hands into pockets that had nice warm  cozy lining  compared to some pockets that had only cold nylon or polyester.
Despite only having micro-fleece lining on one side of the pockets, our hands still stayed warm and toasty. We noticed the difference when we put our hands into pockets that had nice warm, cozy lining, compared to some pockets that had only cold nylon or polyester.

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 are nylon cuffs on the sleeves of the jacket that have awesome thumb holes. We fell in love with them. Every time we went outside we instantly put our thumb through the hole. Nice work  Rab!
There are nylon cuffs on the sleeves of the jacket that have awesome thumb holes. We fell in love with them. Every time we went outside we instantly put our thumb through the hole. Nice work, Rab!

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.

Durability


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.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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