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Rab Deep Cover Parka Review

A stylish winter jacket that will keep you warm when temperatures start to drop
Rab Deep Cover Parka
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Price:  $295 List | $294.95 at Backcountry
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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  ⋅  Apr 30, 2020
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#9 of 15
  • Warmth - 30% 9
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 3
  • Comfort - 25% 9
  • Style - 10% 9
  • Durability - 10% 5

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 hoodWarm, flattering, cozy, double-sided zipper, functional pocketsWaterproof, windproof, breathable, warm, durableWarm, stylish, comfortableStylish, comfortable, easy to wear
Cons Somewhat bulky, not waterproof, some feather & down lossNo front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproofCold pockets, slightly tight shoulders, and collarRuns small, tight shoulders, limited mobilityNot as warm, awkward pockets
Bottom Line A stylish winter jacket that will keep you warm when temperatures start to dropSerious warmth is packed into this lightweight, flattering, and reasonably priced parkaA warm and waterproof winter jacket that is available at a reasonable priceA comfortable, warm, simple, and sweet puffy winter jacketThis cute, casual parka is good for warmer or more active days
Rating Categories Rab Deep Cover Parka Marmot Montreaux The North Face Arct... Patagonia Down With... Columbia Suttle Mou...
Warmth (30%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
4.0
Weather Resistance (25%)
3.0
5.0
8.0
4.0
7.0
Comfort (25%)
9.0
9.0
6.0
9.0
9.0
Style (10%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Durability (10%)
5.0
5.0
8.0
5.0
6.0
Specs Rab Deep Cover Parka Marmot Montreaux The North Face Arct... Patagonia Down With... Columbia Suttle Mou...
Insulation and Fill Power 650 fill RDS Certified Hydrophobic European duck down 700 fill power duck down with water resistant Down Defender 550 fill goose down and recycled polyester insultation 600 fill recycled duck and goose down 100% polyester synthetic down and thermal-reflective lining
Fill Weight 340 g 221 g Down - unavailable, Synthetic - 150 g 200 g Unavailable
Hood Insulated, detachable hood with faux fur trim Insulated, removable, detachable faux fur trim Adjustable, insulated with removable faux fur trim Insulated, removable Insulated, detachable faux fur trim
Pockets 1 internal, 2 external 2 zippered handwarmer, 2 internal chest (1 zippered) 1 internal, 2 external 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 internal zippered chest pocket 2 snap handwarmer, 1 external zipped chest
Weight (size small) 1.9 lbs 2.3 lbs 2.8 lbs 2.2 lbs 2.4 lbs
2-way zipper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Weather Resistant Features DWR treatment Water resistant down, DWR treatment Waterproof, windproof, breathable (DryVent), DWR DWR treatment Water resistant fabric
Sizes Available 6 to 18 XS to XXL XS to 3XL XS to XL XS to 3X
Social or Environmental Certifications 650 RDS - (responsble down standards) certified hydrophobic European Duck Down, fluorocarbon-free Hydrophobic Down Lining 100% recycled polyester, Responsible Down Standard 100% recylced down, 100% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester lining, Fair Trade Certified sewn, bluesign approved fabric

Our Analysis and Test Results

Insulated with 650 R.D.S Certified Hydrophobic European Duck Down, we don't feel restricted when wearing this jacket. The down never feels 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...
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.
Photo: Bevan Waite

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 is snug and warm enough that a beanie underneath isn'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...
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.
Photo: Bevan Waite

Weather Resistance


There aren't too many issues with the Deep Cover, but we want to note that it's not waterproof. The exterior fabric is a durable nylon material and is 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 saturate. When down gets wet, it compromises its loft, and the jacket is not as warm.

Front view of the jacket. Form-fitting and sleek, with enough room...
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.
Photo: Bevan Waite

Style


The Deep Cover is exceptionally stylish despite being insulated with fluffy down. It reaches mid-thigh and can easily be dressed up for a night out on the town. It's also perfect apr├Ęs-ski wear.

The stitching is closer together on the sides, while the rest of the jacket offers a different stitching pattern. The exterior nylon fabric of our model had a matte finish, despite the pictures on the website. In the sun, it can have a shiny appearance.

From all angles we found this jacket to be very stylish. Even though...
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".
Photo: Bevan Waite

Comfort


We have a hard time taking this jacket off. It's 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.

Durability


Since the material is nylon, 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 we tested this jacket, we didn't notice this happening at an alarming rate.

Features


The Deep Cover is a simple jacket. 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...
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.
Photo: Bevan Waite

The hood has a fabulous faux fur ruff. The two exterior pockets are lined with microfleece on one side. And the wrists have nylon cuffs with thumb holes, which provide incredible warmth.

There are nylon cuffs on the sleeves of the jacket that have awesome...
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!
Photo: Bevan Waite

There is one interior media pocket with a zipper, perfect for a cell phone or keys. The main zipper is double-sided, allowing 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 keeping cold air out.

Value


This competitor is a steal. It's undeniably warm, stylish, and form-fitting. While it's water-resistant, it's not waterproof. If that's what you need in a winter jacket, keep looking, friend.

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 making sure every detail was well executed. Did we forget to mention that this jacket is warm and lightweight?

Liz Williamson