Rab Deep Cover Parka Review
Cons: Somewhat bulky, not waterproof, some feather & down loss
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Rab Deep Cover Parka
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|Pros||Stylish, incredibly warm, lightweight to down ratio, detachable fur hood||Seriously warm, flattering, removable faux fur ruff, double sided zipper, functional pockets||Flattering, waterproof, durable, three jackets in one, recycled down and polyester||Warm, light, largely comfortable||Stylish, comfortable, easy to wear|
|Cons||Somewhat bulky, not waterproof, some feather & down loss||No front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproof||Uninsulated hood, tight shoulders, no two-way zipper on down jacket, tricky pockets||Somewhat awkward collar, small hood||Not as warm, awkward pockets|
|Bottom Line||A favorite in our fleet, you'll stay toasty and look fashionable||An insanely warm and cute jacket that won't break the bank||This parka is a versatile option that shines in wet winter conditions||This warm and trim parka is sophisticated and can handle itself in rough weather||While it's not the warmest jacket it is comfortable, cute, and easy to wear|
|Rating Categories||Rab Deep Cover Parka||Marmot Montreaux||Tres 3-in-1 Parka||Jackson Glacier||Columbia Suttle Mountain Long|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|Specs||Rab Deep Cover Parka||Marmot Montreaux||Tres 3-in-1 Parka||Jackson Glacier||Columbia Suttle...|
|Insulation and Fill Power||650 fill RDS Certified Hydrophobic European duck down||700 fill power duck down with water resistant Down Defender||700 fill recycled duck and goose down||700 fill recycled duck and goose down||100% polyester synthetic down and thermal-reflective lining|
|Fill Weight||340 g||221 g||150 g||170 g||Not available|
|Hood||Insulated, detachable hood with faux fur trim||Insulated, removable, detachable faux fur trim||Uninsulated, removable||Insulated||Insulated, detachable faux fur trim|
|Pockets||1 internal, 2 external||2 zippered handwarmer, 2 internal chest (1 zippered)||2 zippered handwarmer in shell, 2 zippered handwarmer and 1 internal chest in down liner jacket||2 zippered handwarmer, 1 internal chest (zippered)||2 snap handwarmer, 1 external zipped chest|
|Weight (size small)||1.9 lbs||2.25 lbs||2.9 lbs||2.0 lbs||2.4 lbs|
|2-way zipper||Yes||Yes||Yes and No||Yes||Yes|
|Main Fabric||40D 100% Nylon||100% polyester||100% polyester, H2No||100% recycled polyester||100% polyester|
|Weather Resistant Features||DWR treatment||Water resistant down, DWR treatment||Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish||DWR treatment||Water resistant fabric|
|Sizes Available||6 to 18||XS to XXL||XS to XXL||XS to XL||XS to 3X|
|Top Features||Plush fleece lined torso, micro fleece pockets and cuffs||Zip-out two layer design, removable hood, fleece-lined pockets||No stitch bonded quilting||Fleece-lined hood, thermal reflective lining|
|Social or Environmental Certifications||650 RDS - (responsble down standards) certified hydrophobic European Duck Down, fluorocarbon-free Hydrophobic Down||100% recycled down, 50% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester jacket, Fair Trade Certified sewn||100% recylced down, 100% recycled polyester shell, 100% recycled polyester lining, Fair Trade Certified sewn|
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 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 used 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. While it's water-resistant, it's not waterproof. If that's what you need in a winter jacket, keep looking, friend.
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 well executed. Did we forget to mention that this jacket is warm and lightweight?
— Liz Williamson