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||Warm, flattering, cozy, double-sided zipper, functional pockets||Waterproof, windproof, breathable, warm, durable||Warm, stylish, 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||Cold pockets, slightly tight shoulders, and collar||Runs small, tight shoulders, limited mobility||Not as warm, awkward pockets|
|Bottom Line||A stylish winter jacket that will keep you warm when temperatures start to drop||Serious warmth is packed into this lightweight, flattering, and reasonably priced parka||A warm and waterproof winter jacket that is available at a reasonable price||A comfortable, warm, simple, and sweet puffy winter jacket||This 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...|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|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|
|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.
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