Rab Deep Cover Parka Review
Cons: Somewhat bulky, not waterproof, some feather & down loss
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Rab Deep Cover Parka
|Price||$294.95 at Amazon||$500.00 at Amazon||$389.40 at Backcountry|
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|$359.40 at Backcountry||$625.00 at Backcountry|
|Pros||Stylish, incredibly warm, lightweight to down ratio, detachable fur hood||Comfortable, durable fabric, awesome pockets, weather-proof and breathable||Athletic fit, comfortable, stylish, temperature regulating, waterproof||Flattering, waterproof, durable, three jackets in one, recycled down and polyester||Windproof, warm, super comfortable, lightweight, packs into a pillow|
|Cons||Somewhat bulky, not waterproof, some feather & down loss||On the bulky side, face fabric holds onto water||Sleeves and hem are less insulated, tricky hood tightened, expensive||Uninsulated hood, tight shoulders, no two-way zipper on down jacket, tricky pockets||Not waterproof, hood doesn’t detach, finicky zipper|
|Bottom Line||A favorite in our fleet, you'll stay toasty and look fashionable||Durable and waterproof, this jacket is a great option for cold or wet weather||Stylish and functional, this jacket will keep you dry and warm when moving around in the winter months||This parka is a versatile option that shines in wet winter conditions||This parka is windproof and warm|
|Rating Categories||Rab Deep Cover Parka||Fjallraven Nuuk - Women's||Arc'teryx Patera Parka||Tres 3-in-1 Parka||Canada Goose Camp Hooded|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|Specs||Rab Deep Cover Parka||Fjallraven Nuuk -...||Arc'teryx Patera...||Tres 3-in-1 Parka||Canada Goose Camp...|
|Insulation and Fill Power||650 fill RDS Certified Hydrophobic European duck down||Supreme microloft (100% polyester)||750 fill down||700 fill recycled duck and goose down||750 fill hutterite white duck down|
|Fill Weight||340 g||250 g||59 g Down, 100 g Coreloft||150 g||Unavailable|
|Hood||Insulated, detachable hood with faux fur trim||Insulated with detachable faux fur trim||Insulated hood||Uninsulated, removable||2-way adjustable tunnel hood|
|Pockets||1 internal, 2 external||2 internal, 2 bellows, 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 2 chest||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)||1.9 lbs||3.7 lbs||2.0 lbs||2.9 lbs||1.3 lbs|
|Weather Resistant Features||DWR treatment||Waterproof, windproof||Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish||Waterproof, windproof, and breathable barrier, DWR finish||Windproof, DWR treatment|
|Sizes Available||6 to 18||XXS to XXL||XS to XXL||XS to XXL||2XS to 2XL|
|Social or Environmental Certifications||650 RDS - (responsble down standards) certified hydrophobic European Duck Down, fluorocarbon-free Hydrophobic Down||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
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.
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.
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.
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 après-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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 making sure every detail was well executed. Did we forget to mention that this jacket is warm and lightweight?
— Liz Williamson