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Very nice parka for general wear
I really like this parka. It is cosy enough for most general uses without being super warm. This suits me well as I rarely encounter truly cold weather. The parka keeps me warm in cool, damp and windy Irish winters, where it is often between around -2 to +8 degrees C. It needs to be coupled with a warm mid layer in temperatures below around 5 deg... Read Morerees C, but for me this is a positive as it allows for versatility. It also keeps me dry. The parka is fairly loose fitting for my slim-ish build (38 inch chest, 32 inch waist, 5 foot 11 inches height). I tried the Small too and it probably fit better (it looked smarter) but it did not allow for layering so well, which I knew I would need, and it was a little restrictive when I was raising my arms overhead. So Medium worked better for me. The fabric is very nice indeed. The pockets all work well. The zip seemed tricky and hard to get used to at first (it felt so far away as I am not used to jackets as long as this) but I stopped noticing that after a week. The hood looks nice, I think, and it feels very comfortable when it is up. It is also fairly warm, though occasionally I wear a light hat or scarf under it on really nasty days. But I like that it is not any warmer as this way it is more versatile for my uses. The hood is maybe a little less close fitting than I would like - it can feel a bit draughty at times - and the synch adjustment is limited. I really like that the hood pile forms a kind of peak - it keeps the rain off my face. I thought I would use this parka for only 1/4 of the year but now it looks like I will use it for 1/2 - it is not so warm that I only reach for it on the coldest days; I am still using it happily in April at around 10 degrees C. To sum up - very happy. It is so convenient to just grab and go with this parka. I think I will get many years of good use out of it. And, importantly, I love wearing it - it even makes me smile when I slip it on, knowing that there are no weather surprises it cannot handle. I find that quite comforting!
Love. Love ....but
Bought one for myself and one for my husband. Love the warmth and design. Like the double zipper as it makes it easy to sit and walk more comfortably. Only suggesting that the zippers could be made easier to zip. Could the zippers be larger and beefier? It is somewhat difficult to feed the double zipper into the track with cold fingers .
Great winter coat
This parka fits really well and is quite warm, even in cold temperatures. The length is ideal as your whole lower back is covered even when bending over to lift stuff. My only gripe would be that the front pockets a vertical. I would have liked to have slits on the sides for the pockets so you can put your hands in. Not a big deal but just more com... Read Morefortable.
Great jacket that isn't warm enough
I have tested this jacket from 15-40 F. This jacket is perfect to wear with a t-shirt in 40 degrees, but any colder and you need to layer under it. If you live somewhere with mild winters this is a great coat, it's pretty stylish, very well made, the quality feels fantastic. The length is also great for me 5'9. I guess I need to just get ... Read Morethe Frozen Range
form and function
love this coat so much i got two colors. down fill is perfect for mn winter even below zero, with adequate layers beneath of course. the sherpa collar and hood is so cozy and warm that i don't need a scarf when wearing it. length is perfect for covering mid section. overall a great looking coat for work and light activities
I got two of these back to back and within the first few days of wearing each the zipper at the bottom burst its seam under just a little tension. It's a serious design flaw that doesnt take much wear to break. Ive had other parkas that dont have zippers that rip off. Instead, the bottom zipper should run up, unzipping the jacket when theres t... Read Morehat much tension. This jackets zipper stays closed and puts all the tension on where the zipper is sewn to the fabric. Oh well, everything else about this jacket is amazing and I wanted to keep it, but Im not skilled enough at sewing to maintain the zipper. So, 5 stars for everything but the zipper.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 3, 2023
Hi Brian, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. Our Design Team will be sure to take your thoughts into consideration with future iterations.
Best and only parka for cold weather
This is a dedicated winter parka for colder temps. I was able to remain super warm in the low 30s while on a long walk with the dog. I imagine this parka is engineered for much colder weather. I searched for a thigh length parka with insulation and the downdrift parka seemed to be the best option on the winter sale discount! I love the length, pock... Read Moreets, fit, and insulation mirrors higher end coats of this category. I'm 6 ft 2 inches, 185 lbs. slender build and a true to size medium was a perfect fit. The drop in pockets are lined and really I don't miss side pockets as they are above and also lined. So warm! The chest pocket is small but nice to have if needed and I typically forget about internal pockets anyway, so it would be great if both zippered pockets were on the outside. I tend to pack out the drop in pockets as they are roomy and the best feature. The hood is really warm and feels over built. I tried other parkas, but Patagonia has the best fit, I have had more than a couple jackets from the brand and sizing is the true standard of approval. This is my first winter parka, but it's more than enough for the PNW winter days. I would say the length of the sleeve could use a inner ribbed cuff as the button closure is a bit too tight. Overall, it's an amazing parka that will last forever and keep you warm with any layer! Highly recommended if you need a warm thigh length parka.
Light weight and warm
I am 5 foot 10 209lbs. The large is a great fit. I wear it to and from work and to hike with my dog. Great for temps between 10 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Im in central Iowa where temps can fluctuate greatly and also have a heavy duty fjallraven sings down which is too warm for here but great when I head to northern Minnesota in the winter. Havent d... Read Moreone that in this coat yet, but with a down sweater it would be just fine. The length is mid thigh, arms cut it close to being too tight and a slightly short, but every body is different. Love the soft hood and hand warmer pockets. Could use inside stash pockets, but overall this seems to be my favorite winter coat. Quality two way zipper, makes driving a breeze. Wind protection is very good. Super comfy, hope to never buy a coat again.
Very warm and has a good fit.
I recently purchased a parka jacket with down feather insulation, and I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase. The warmth and comfort this jacket provides are outstanding, making it the perfect choice for those chilly winter days. The quality of the materials used in the construction of this parka jacket is excellent. The down feathers in... Read Moreside the jacket are evenly distributed, ensuring that there are no cold spots and providing excellent insulation. The parka is also designed with functionality in mind. It features multiple pockets, including two handwarmer pockets and a large interior pocket that is perfect for storing valuables. Another thing that impressed me about this parka jacket is its versatility. It's suitable for a wide range of outdoor activities, from hiking and camping to simply running errands around town. Overall, I highly recommend this parka jacket with down feather insulation. It's warm, comfortable, and stylish, making it the perfect choice for anyone looking for a reliable and high-quality jacket for the winter season.
Nice and Warm!
Fits well and looks really good. Good length on me and it filled an outerwear gap I had. Double zipper is key as are the hand warmers. The fleece is perhaps a little absorbent for cold AND wet, but this coat served me well in a surprise Portland snow storm last night and was plenty in the low 20's with a t-shirt and merino mid-layer.
The Perfect Winter Coat!
I recently moved to Boston in winter and needed my first good winter coat. I researched many other kinds but found this one had the right fit of style and warmth and seemed to be able to keep me warm in any temperatures. I've worn it with a long-sleeve in temperatures as long as 10 degrees and I used it as my top layer (with 1-2 layers underne... Read Moreath) for -11 degrees temps with a real feel of -25 so after surviving that, I feel confident that this jacket can handle any temps. Really love it!
Great for walking a dog, that strolls around in the cold windy days
I always purchase size M from Patty for 20 plus years, no problems with size, even with sweaters, shirts.... Now I replaced my old jackets with new, I find the the arms are an inch too short, the shoulders are tight. I tried a L size and was just too big for a <6ft, <180lb guy? I wish the bottom pockets were a double with a side pocket . I ... Read Morewish the zip was bigger and it can be annoying to zip up a tiny zipper Otherwise love the color and the feel and warmth and, how it is made... - I will keep the M size but always find it annoying to get the jacket on and then seeing my patty sweater and shirt poke out of the arms.
This is an excellent, well fitting piece of outerwear clothing; the hood fits perfectly over my head imo. It should also be perfect for layering in case the 600 fill down doesn't keep you warm enough. I am also amazed at how light the parka was, especially if you compare it to other parkas. All the pockets are well designed, especially the han... Read Mored warming pockets lined with the same fleece as the hood. But if I had to nitpick, it could have used some open pockets on the inside and a split seam along the bottom to make it a bit more comfortable for when you have to bend down or sit. Overall, this parka is super warm and comfortable to wear. I tried a Small, but it was too tight around my chest and shoulders. Kudos to Patagonia and the expert design team!
Nice warm parka.
Over all I like the parka. It is light weight yet warm. I like the fuzzy lining in the hood except that I would not extend it beyond the the front edge of the hood. It currently wraps around the the hood edge so that it is exposed to the elements. Other than that I am very pleased.
Warm, comfortable, and looks great
I love the cut of the jacket. Its nice to have a mid-thigh jacket for walking the dog in the cold. Its also very light weight. The fuzzy hood and hand pockets are awesome me. Some of the fuzz in the pockets is coming off, but I think its just temporary shedding.
I was looking parka that protects from cold, rainy and windy weather, I finally got it. It is warm and comfortable. Its stylish and looks nicer. It was proved perfect parka in single digits temperature and windy days. I loved pockets and hood. I feel grateful to support the mission of Patagonia to save Earth and Environment.
Looks great and keeps you warm and dry
I needed a highly functional and versatile jacket for travel to Chicago for work during the winter. This jacket did not disappoint, versatile enough to wear when it's cold in San Diego, on the plane, and in Chicago. Fleece lined hood and high handwarmer pockets are super comfortable and functional. Perfect if your not looking for a bulky jacke... Read Moret to keep you warm and dry.
Warm - not super warm
Really like this jacket, especially the hood - this is an important marker of quality -bad hood == bad attention to detail. I don't like the zipper pulls - they are small and finicky and very hard to use in cold weather - thinks numb fingers or bulky gloves.
I'm a lifelong Floridian who traveled to NY on the coldest weekend of the year (so far). I got this parka to keep me warm and was very surprised at how well it worked. The temperature was in the single digits and the wind was stiff but I never felt cold. The hood stayed secure and the pockets carried all of my things and kept my hands warm. Wo... Read Moreuld recommend!
Great multi-purpose coat
Initial impressions really good. Fits well, looks nice, good pockets. The style and length is perfect for being out and about generally and easily warm enough for pretty much all UK winter conditions. The hood fits really well and is nice and woolly inside. And it's surprisingly water resistant as well.
Super Warm, Great Parka!
This parka is very warm. I only wear a t-shirt underneath and it's incredibly warm. I wear it to walk my dog early in the morning and at night. I wish it had hood drawstrings to tighten the front of the hood but it's so warm I haven't had the need to do so.
Considered many but cant beat Patagonia
I been torn between Fjallraven and North Face and along with Patagonia parka is his winter. Ultimately went with Patagonia downdraft parka and I am happy with my decision. I did buy the jacket during 40% off timeframe so pricing and functionality standpoint, it is a perfect parka for me. I also normally have cold hands so this parka pocket warmer ... Read Moreis perfect for me along with the location of the pocket. Loving the purchase!
I received my coat yesterday and wanted to leave my impressions of my first outing. The coat was shipped quickly. It looks nicer than the pictures. I ordered a black one but unfortunately I received the dark blue one. It looks good so I'll keep it. Ignore the model wearing the coat. I am 5'10, 175 pounds and average build. I used the fit ... Read Moreguide and it was accurate. I went with a large based on the guide and I'm glad I did. I usually wear my clothes loose fitting and the coat is a little more form fitting than I'm used to but it is not binding. The sherpa lining is great and actually extends down below your shoulders a few inches. I would like to find a similar coat that has the sherpa throughout because I like the cozy warm feeling it gives. The coat hits me mid thigh, right where I like it. The sleeves stop an inch below the bend in my wrist. The sleeves are tighter than I like but they are not binding. The cuff is small. It is almost too small to get my dress gloves inside and too big for my gloves to go over. They have a snap that allows you to make them quite snug and they seal up well that way. With my winter gloves over the top I got not drafts up my sleeves. I usually get an XL to get more room but then the neck is always made for the neck of an NFL lineman and it is way too drafty. The neck on the Large was perfect. The coat zips up snug around the neck and is tight against my chin. I love the hood but drawstrings would have made it perfect. The buttons are all crisp and hold well. The zipper works smoothly but the paddle is way too small to operate with winter gloves on. The pockets are nicely sized and located. I especially like the sherpa lined hand gloves. I went to the dog fields today to try it out. It is currently -5 F, 10mph winds out of the NE, sunny and windchill is -18F. I had a hooded sweatshirt on under it cause I always wear one. With a stocking cap and gloves I headed for the field. Initially I felt a little cool, comparable to being in a short sleeve shirt in the house set at 70. That's doable. I had the coat zipped up tight, wind to my back and sun in my face. My arms feel a little cooler than my core but it was tolerable. 10 minutes into the walk I had to unzip the coat about 10 inches because I began to overheat. On the return trip and facing the wind I left the zipper down for most of the walk. Eventually I zipped it back to the top and I remained very comfortable. The coat blocks the wind well, even along the zipper and flap. I felt no drafts going down my neck or up my backside from the bottom. My first outing went well. Admittedly, I was very active. I don't know yet how it will work for just milling around and standing around outside but I am optimistic. Overall I am very pleased. It is much more comfortable, fits better and is warmer than the $500 Northface coat I tried earlier this winter and I got it on sale for half the price of the NF coat. I am glad I bought it. I would recommend it to a friend and I think you will like it also.
The Hunt for a Classic Parka is Over!
This parka is incredible! This winter, I've been in the hunt for the perfect winter parka and I've absolutely found it in the Downdrift. I tried on a lot of parkas from various technical brands but none seemed to fit the bill. Many were way too bulky and the ones that had a "slim fit" look felt too delicate and not as "all ... Read Morepurpose" as I was looking for. This parka is perfect in every way as it's about as classic as a classic parka gets - high pile hood and hand warmers, thigh length, multiple practical pockets, goose down interior and a tougher fabric exterior. I could not be happier with my purchase and the smolder blue is a very attractive color. I'm 5'11" around 188 lbs. and the medium fits great. It's truly a pleasure to put this on!
I love this coat. The medium is a perfect fit for me (6ft, 175 lbs). Slim and stylish, yet not too tight. The thigh length is fantastic and works well when sitting down, do to the position of the zipper. The fleeced lined hood and hand pockets are super warm. The warmth of this parka is ideal for just wearing with a long sleeve shirt in 10-32 degre... Read Morees F.
LOVE this jacket! However, I
LOVE this jacket! However, I ordered it in navy to begin with and, after wearing it less than a week, the bottom part of the zipper pulled away from the seam. I have sent it back to be repaired. But I liked the jacket so much that I ordered another one in this green color (we live in VERY cold South Dakota so a backup is always good). But...the sam... Read Moree thing happened with this one - and again, less than a week after I received it. I am going to have this one repaired here because I don't want to wait another 4-6 weeks without a jacket. Again - I love the jacket but I do think this might be a manufacturing problem.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 17, 2023
We're very sorry to hear about the zipper that's occurred twice for this jacket. Your purchase is covered by our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee), so we will reach out to you by email to discuss all the options. Our Customer Service team is always here to help with any questions about product, shipping, warranty, repairs, exchanges or returns. Thank you for taking the time to submit your review!
The Parka we all need
I'm 180 cm tall and my weight is 73 kg. Size M fits just perfect! Enough space under the jacket to wear a fleece or a crewneck. The bottom of the jacket is long enough to close out any wind and protects your waist, but thank to the two-way zipper I can easily jump in and out of the car. The fleece-lined hood is insanely comfortable and warm su... Read Morech as the high pockets. Cold, here I come!
A great quality of the materials and the seams. Runs a bit large in the chest/stomach area (I am 187cm with 97 kg). The sleeves could be a bit longer (maybe a cm or two). Very warm for now (central Europe in December) and I expect that it will be more than enough for colder months
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