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Jacket looks great, feels great, love it!
I got this for my huband because we're now living in a cold winter area. It's roomy enough for him to wear a flannel shirt and vest under it, giving layers. It's just as comfortable without the extra layers. He loves it, and we're considering buying a backup! Only con is that Patagonia doesn't give washing instructions in E... Read Morenglish. You can figure out from icons the h2o temperature and dryer setting, but not which cycle to wash on. C'mon Patagonia!
The fitment on this is true to size with a little space to fit long sleeves under it. I love the design of this jacket with all the pockets and the lining thats inside the pockets. The fur lining has always been a favorite of mine for cold cold winter jackets, keeps ya warm! This and the silent down are my go to for sub 50 degree weather.
The Perfect Winter Jacket!
I really can't say enough great things about the Isthmus Parka. I am 6'0 tall and a slim/medium frame. The coat fits me perfectly and allows me to add the right amount of layers, with no movement restriction. Sherpa lined interior feels so cozy. Looking forward to many more winters ahead with this coat!
This is a wonderful jacket.
This is a wonderful jacket. I am a small woman and decided to get a man's instead of a women's. The only thing for a small person is that the wrist size is too large. Another snap added for tightening would be really good for small people men or women.
This is the best parka I've owned. It's just light enough to comfortably wear all day, without sacrificing any warmth. I run hot, but this keeps me snug and cozy. Also, all clothes I wear underneath as layers fit perfectly. Sleeves are a bit long, but I can cinch the wrists to keep it in place.
If only they had XXXL!
Excellent look and practicality. I am 6'1", 220 pounds, and the jacket fit but was too short (and too tight) to wear a jacket underneath. Really disappointed they don't have XXXL. Had to return.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 15, 2023
Hi David! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear the jacket wasn't the best fit. Extending sizing is definitely a priority as our brand grows. We've extended our Men's line in 3XL in some items, and we plan on continuing to add more styles in the future. We are moving in the right direction, albeit slowly, and your feedback is highly valuable toward this goal.
This was not as warm as I was hoping for northern Wisconsin winters; but its a nice jacket. As for the size. I agree with many other reviewers, it is very tight around the neck area and you cannot zip the jacket up all the way up without discomfort. Its not something I am going to deal with at this price point. You would probably have to size up qu... Read Moreite a bit to find the space you want to zip the full jacket and its hard to know how the rest would fit at that point. For reference I am 5 foot 8 inches; 170 with a 40 inch chest and overall wide shoulder and muscular build and I bought a medium. The medium didnt work.
My new favorite jacket
I have been on the market for a new jacket for a while and though I wasn't sure if this jacket would fit what I needed, the red one was on sale at a good price so I figured it was worth a try. WOW, I got the XL (6'1, 215 lbs) and it is somehow form fitting without being snug. Like there is room to layer without it looking baggy, I love it... Read More. I just ordered the longer version in tan I liked it so much. So comfortable, looks great, and deceptively warm for not being bulky.
Not warm enough
I got this thinking it would be like my old one of a different brand. I ended up having to rely on my older jacket on very cold days because this one is just not warm enough. It's thin, the pockets don't feel like they have any lining. The zipper is annoying. I don't like it. :/
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 14, 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are very sorry to hear that this was not warmth enough for you. If you are looking for a parka that is a bit more warm than this product, we would recommend checking out our [Men's Lone Mountain Parka](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-lone-mountain-waterproof-parka/27865.html?dwvar_27865_color=FGE)! With that said, please know you are more than welcome to start your return at any time as we want you to be completely satisfied with all of your Patagonia products.
So good I purchased another one!
I purchased my Parka from a local store and noticed when they are all lined up side-by-side, the color varies a bit. Some blacks are charcoal, some are a shade of dark green. BUT...that is the only negative complaint! This Parka is so perfect I now own two of them. One for dressing up and one for when I might get muddy/dirty. The fit, style, and fu... Read Morenction is absolutely perfect!
Im really happy with parka. I admire Patagonia as a people and environment conscious coming and decided to support them with this purchase. I have gotten lots of compliments about how the parka looks and the color. I live in the Northeast and have been very warm wearing it. The hood, which hardly ever used on other coats is great it keep my head to... Read Moreasty warm. I'm so glad I purchased it.
Patagonia meets M65...awesome
So very close to perfect. I feel invincible in this jacket. I have the navy-blue color (OD was sold out). I pair it up with the R1 hoody and a cheap baselayer and I'm warm at 26F and I could even throw in a thin down vest if I needed. The fit is just right for my 140lb frame. The pockets, storm flap, weight of insulation, and the rugged yet fl... Read Moreexible fabric are perfect, and the insulation is like snuggling up with a sheep...a sheep made of recycled fish nets. I feel like I should be on the deck of a cutter scanning the horizon for illegal fishing vessels off the coast of Tierra del Fuego. OK, it's also good for waiting at the bus stop, but I can dream, can't I? The zipper gets tight near my chin but if I ever need it, I'll just be glad it's there, BUT C'mon Patagonia, add the freaking waist drawstring!
Absolutely love it. Excellent fit.
Awesome jacket. I read reviews before I purchased that said it wasnt very warm. Its plenty warm for Michigan winters. Im six foot three, 172 lbs and a medium fit perfect and I have super long arms. For context, I can wear a wool sweater and a dress shirt underneath and still dont feel like its too tight, but it still doesn't feel loose with ju... Read Morest a t shirt.
Perfect for those cold days!
I love the smart look of this parka. It’s not quite as warm as the others available but it certainly keeps you warm when the temperature drops to the single digits (Celsius). If your looking for even more warmth and toastiness for those negative Celsius days, I’d recommend the Downdrift Parka!
Warm but tight
I have owned the Patagonia Isthmus Parka for approximately 2 months. During that time I have used it in 9 Degree weather with decent winds and light rain. The good: The outer shell on this jacket has done a good job resisting wind and light rain. The jacket as a whole has kept me warm in temperatures as low as 9 degrees as a stand alone jacket, th... Read Moree fleece on the inside does a great job of insulating. I'm also a fan of the insulated side pockets as well as the snap button pockets. Another hug plus is the jacket is extremely stylish. The bad: I wear a large in all other men's clothing. However, the fit of this jacket is very small. Everytime I bend down it unsnaps the button on the bottom of the jacket and the zipper becomes undone. It is also very tight if you attempt to zip the jacket all the way up in order to cover your neck, chin, and lower face which allows wind to hit the neck and face area. Another hug downside is the hood is very small and does not drape over the head enough which allows wind inside the hood and right in your face. I almost never size up but in this instance I would highly suggest doing so. All in all, I am in love with the style of this jacket and I am impressed with its ability to keep me warm as a stand alone jacket. The sizing is a major inconvenience and sizing up may be the best option if you're interested in the Patagonia Isthmus Parka.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 17, 2023
Hey Scott, thank you for the feedback. We're happy to hear that all in all, you think this is a great jacket. We're sorry about the sizing issues you encountered. If you'd like garment measurements in the future, feel free to reach out to our [customer service team](https://help.patagonia.com/s/?_gl=1*srbnqf*_ga*MTE3MzgxOTU4OS4xNjQ3NTMxMTc0*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY3Mzk4NzQ1Ny40MjIuMS4xNjczOTg4NTgwLjAuMC4w).
I am loving this jacket. Definitely the best winter jacket I have ever owned. It has good weight to it, and even in 30mph and 40 degree temps it blocks the wind and keeps me warm. The pockets on the front are great. I stash the Patagonia R1 gloves on the top right pocket as well which they fit perfectly into. Stoked on this jacket!
Sequoia Red is Maroon
Love the nice red color online but the actual product came in disappointing maroon. Returned it mainly for this reason. My husband did not like the color. The other thing we don't like is the sleeves are thinly lined, unlike the body. Otherwise a nice jacket if you want maroon.
A coat this expensive should be warmer. The hood is also too small for a normal-sized human head. Like, no way did anyone try that on, and go, yep, that's the right size for everyone on the planet, we can stop right there boys.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 21, 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are very sorry to hear your disappointment with the warmth and hood of this parka. If you are looking for something a bit more warm with a slightly larger hood, we would highly recommend checking out our [Men's Lone Mountain Parka](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-lone-mountain-waterproof-parka/27865.html?cgid=root)!
Very nice fit, effective wind blocking and warming
The Isthmus parka fits very nicely. I've been using it around with between 5°C and -5°C and it feels very comfortable and warm with one or two thin inner layers. It's also very effective blocking wind and although I haven't been exposed to heavy rain, I believe it will also perform as expected since it handled soft rain pretty well.... Read More
Warm with Space
I'm 6' 170 lbs and this coat fits perfect. If I'm going on a walk a sweatshirt fits easily underneath. Helps me keep warm on those 20-40 degree days. Lotta pockets for all my things. Four front pockets on the outside, two additional hand pockets on either side, and a zip up on the inside left breast. Saw some reviews stating the n... Read Moreeck gets tight buttoning it up to the top. No issues here.
Excellent but need waist cinch cord
Just received this parka and it's warm and very snuggly with the lining. Blocks wind very well and is classy around town. Like another reviewer, I wish the insulation for the arms were thicker. I am tall and slender so it's a little boxy on me but the arm/back length is perfect (tried a S but it was too small around chest/shoulders). Also... Read More - adding a waist cinch cord really would make the parka much better for colder weather - hopefully they will consider this for next year's model!
Great All-Around Coat
I had been looking a long time to find the perfect all-around cold weather coat. I believe this is it. It has all the features I was looking for including length, articulated elbows, action back (all coats should have this), hood, and plenty of storage pockets. I would use a more specialized coat in extremely cold weather (negative temps to teens o... Read Morer early twenties). Only two things I wish I could change would be to add a little more room in the neck when fully zipped and very slightly more room in the shoulders for athletic builds. Would be interesting to see a fully quilted lining too, although the fleece lining is nice.
Good overall but.....
I needed to replace a winter coat and thought this one looked great online. When I got it, it felt fine with just one layer on, but with a fleece pullover or sweater, the comfort factor is lost. It's heavy and while I don't mind the weight, it's not as warm as I was anticipating, meaning that I will likely need to add a layer under i... Read Moret which makes it more snug than it should be. I do love the design and the pockets, though the cuffs are not very adjustable with just 2 options for snaps and no velcro closure to seal against wind and cold. The cuffs also don't open enough to allow me to get them over my gloves, leaving a gap. It does seem like it will last for years and is very well made, but I think this one is going to go back.
The fleece lining in the body and hood of this jacket is the coziest. You just feel sufficiently puffed for cold weather. My only wish would be for the insulation in the arms to be just a tad thicker - I don't have a lot of meat on my bones there to keep me warm. Fit is pretty spot on with ample room for adding layers underneath.
I like the style and length of this parka.
I was looking for a winter coat that had a little extended length to fully cover a longer/untucked shirt underneath. I like the pockets that this jacket offers. The one caveat is the fit around the neck. Which is strange because the arms & waist fit are perfect. However, as soon as I fully zip up to the neck, it's so tight. Also, the detac... Read Morehable hood seems really tiny, like barely enough to cover my head.
Great all-around jacket for milder climates
I really like the cool, sorta retro look and color of this jacket. Was hoping to use as a daily, grab out the door jacket during the colder months in Vermont (not for skiing). This jacket is very comfortable, thought a bit heavy, with lots of useful pockets and awesome handwarmer spot. It ended-up not being quite warm enough for those sub 32 Deg. F... Read More days. It would need a draw cord at waist or bottom, and a bit more insulation, especially in the arms. I could see this being a great all-around coat for more moderate climates and post surf warm-ups.
Great insulation weight & length, but a little snug in the neck.
I'm really like wearing this jacket until I fully zip it around my neck. It gets really snug/tight at full zip. Probably will have trouble wearing a scarf or neck gaiter when when zipping up to full zip. Otherwise the waist fit, arm length, etc. are correct sizing and in proportion.
May need to size up depending your needs
The sizes run fairly true to size. I'm 5'9"/200 lbs. and a L fit great, however I also have slightly larger wingspan and larger arm muscle build so once I lifted my arms I felt the armpits tighten up. As I plan on using this jacket for more than just casual wear, I decided to go one size up. Thankfully I don't look like a child ... Read Morewearing their father's jacket and I have plenty of arm movement without risk of tearing a seam. Looking forward to using this jacket for many years to come.
Love the coat with a few weird qualities
I use this coat at our mountain cabin. It's great to throw on, button up, go out and do a couple of chores. No need to zip it up with these great buttons. Comfortable, versatile, warm, soft interior, and the exterior is strong when I'm carrying wood as it doesn't scratch or leave a mark. But it's a little small for an XL and the... Read More top button is not able to be buttoned. My neck's large but not bulbous, and there's no way this will button up. I could lose 20 pounds and this still wouldn't button. So, I think this coat is for moderately large men who think they should be XL coat wearers who also possess thinner necks. That's my only take away.
My favorite "do everything" casual jacket
I'm rarely compelled to leave a review. The product either has to be really good or really bad for me to spend the time. Thankfully, this is the former. I'm 6'2" 200lbs. Large fits about perfect (a hair small). If you want a do-everything casual jacket, from going to the grocery store to going out at night, this is by far my fav... Read Moreorite Patagonia option. Good price too.
Does not smell like old fish nets
Overall, very happy with this jacket. Its comfort, style and warmth covered in a protective layer. Im 60, and I have always worn medium with Patagonia jackets (large elsewhere like REI). It fits well across the bod. My only gripe is when I try to zip all the way up to my neck, its so tight it would rip all the neck hair out and not even go all the ... Read Moreway, with or without the hood over my head. Luckily I dont really wear this coat that way too often and its too good to return. Love the blue color, and that its made from recycled fish nets! Definitely recommend!
I really like the dark green color of this parka, as well as the square chest pockets. Its quite warm so good for a weekend at the cabin. The lining is made from recycled fishing nets which is cool but it is rougher and not nearly as soft as the previous version of the Isthmus parka. Overall, this is a great parka.
Actually, I would give it a 2 1/2 if available. The fit is good and I like the styling with all the pockets. However, I should have heeded the previous comments about picking up lint and the lack of drawstrings. My blue jacket always looks a little dirty due to all the lint it picks up. Worse than that, it would be so much warmer with a waist and/o... Read Morer a hem drawstring.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 26, 2022
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the Isthmus Parka, James! We're very sorry to hear it's picking up too much lint and that you'd prefer a drawstring. We want you to be happy with everything you purchase from us, and if you like we'll be happy to help you [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it.
Great jacket w/ one caveat: The arms arent as well insulated as the body. However, this does contribute to the parkas outstanding freedom of movement. Could use more internal pockets. Fit is snnug, but still true to size. Excellent use of recycled/sustainable materials as the jacket seems durable. I really like this isthmus (Isthmus? What, Alluvial... Read More Fan wasnt available?) and am espsially impressed with its thermal flexibility which makes it my go-to jacket in a variety of climatic conditions.
Great but missing a bit of Warmth
I have tried on a ton of Jackets and Parkas. And without a shred of doubt, Patagonia's "Isthmus Parka" checks every checkbox. - I love the Fit, the Size, the Color, the Quality, the Feel, the Length, and the Fleece. What i wish is, that it was a bit more Insulated, because the cold still slips through even with the amazing fleece. Ma... Read Moreybe the Sleeves could have held more than "60-g" or the body all around would have a bit of insulation in addition to the Fleece. - I would say buy this if you plan on wearing it without a mid-layer in cool weathers with low wind, otherwise you will definitely need a mid-layer to beat the cold and high wind.
Casual and Semi-Formal, super warm
Actually was for my father. He loves the coat. The coat is great and meets all the needs it was for. The only critique I have is that the first coat was too small. Your return policy + procedures were great, except that it was a Xmas gift. The replacement was sent to me (no way to do otherwise and no one was in the office). So I had to repackage an... Read Mored ship again over to my father's. It would have been simpler (and less $) to send the replacement directly to him.
Response from PatagoniaJanuary 24, 2022
We appreciate your feedback on the parka and we're glad to hear he loves it. Apologies that we were out of the office for the holidays, but know that we would be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) out with sizing, returns and exchanges as soon as we reopened, shipping directly to him. Please reach out if there's anything else we can do for you!
warm and affordable
The jacket runs a bit small. i ordered a small because im a size small for every other brand. when i tried it on it was a bit tight in the neck area and i couldnt layer so i returned it and ordered a size medium. its been a couple weeks and so far im in love with this jacket, its very warm and very affordable.
One of my new favorite jackets
Let me tell you about this jacket.. I had high hopes for it by just browsing through pictures of people wearing them. THOSE DID NOT DO IT JUSTICE! I hit the jackpot with the isthmus jacket parka! It is seriously so comfortable to wear and fits me perfectly. This jacket seriously makes me feel and look good. Im around 5 feet 6 inches 125 lbs and t... Read Morehe XS fits me great. Sleeves are not too long and the hood fits very comfortably. Ive worn it early winter mornings here in SoCal (38-50s?) and its kept me nice and toasty. I do run hot easily and this doesn't make me feel like that at all. You can definitely wear a hoodie under it for a layer, but a sweater or thick flannel button up would do better and not get in the way. I personally just wear a T shirt or long sleeve and Im good. Zippers are easy to use and the navy color is awesome. I havent taken this jacket off ever since I got it. I even wear it in bed when Im playing games with the hood on and I could seriously fall asleep in it. Definitely great for commuting, going on nature walks, and walking the dog. Excellent jacket for all year long! Im going to be sad if school ends up being online all semester because I wouldnt be able to show off this awesome jacket ;(
Great, as expected.
The shape is perfect, the size was exactly the right one (normal M) and it is perfectly windproof. The hoodie is easy to close so also ideal for cycling. It is a rather short Parka which is what I wanted. It's a nice blue which will be still great in 10 years time. I would buy it again. It's worth the money.
Tight in the armpits
I am moderately active, I fit XL in most everything for Patagonia, this jacket however is tight across my lats/shoulders/armpits. I would say this jacket would be fine by itself, but if I wear a heavy shirt or a fleece underneath for extra layering the, problem becomes worse in terms of tightness and comfort. I'm going to try a XXL however I i... Read Moremagine that might be the opposite problem and be too large.
Almost perfect, lacks cinch strap
Not as warm as it seemed, mostly because it lacks cinch strap at the bottom. In very windy situations wind gets in from the bottom. If no wind - it's warm enough even in well bellow freezing. Sleeves can get very sweaty. It needs drying inside out after a long/active walk. It fits me very well, but collar is a little tight, almost impossible... Read More to close it fully. Therefore I can't wear thicker hoodie underneath.
Awesome looking parka and great value for money. Warm enough for central European winter around 0°C celsius :) I'm 195-200cm tall and slim athletic build and this L parka fits close enough to body for fleece to have more impact and with enough room for movement and other layers. Perfect!
My son wanted something that he could layer for college, and this coat was perfect! He is about 6"1', 185 pounds, and wears a 16.5 shirt (34/35 sleeve length). The large fit perfectly. Thank you, Patagonia, for not using Velcro! It may be great for some things, like snowboarding, but not for wearing scarves and things. Great coat! The kha... Read Moreki color is a nice neutral for redheads.
Great Parka for the price
I bought this Parka for two reasons. One the price is good and two I needed a good jacket for -30F weather. I layered it with a Shirt, Better Sweater, and Nano Jacket. I had no issue with the cold. I definitely recommend. The only issue I have is with zipping it up all the way to the top with the hoodie on. It is a bit tight, but it may just be my ... Read Morebig face.
Really like the parkas design. Chest pockets in particular. A nice sporting coat. Only one negative. Really wish the arms held more insulation. It would be completely awesome if the fleece had continue through too the arms. Would have filled out the parka better. Been out in some hi winds. I live next to the North Atlantic Ocean. (Cape May n.j.) An... Read Mored my arms definitely felt the winds sting. Have to layer up for sure. Other wise I like the parka. And Patagonia clothing. Just keeping it real.️
Great fit, poor quality
Really hated to return this item because I really liked how it fit, but the material and hardware were not the quality I was expecting. Material showed every bit of lint or fur and the zipper malfunctioned the second time I wore it. Also, not overly warm.
Response from PatagoniaDecember 2, 2021
Hello John! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry to hear about the disappointment you encountered with the material and zipper. That is definitely disappointing, and the zipper issue is something we'd consider to fall under warranty. These comments are much appreciated and we'll pass them along to our design crew to keep in mind for future seasons.
I was looking for a medium weight insulated jacket with a removable hood, patch and handwarmer pockets that is hip length to replace a jacket I bought at LL Bean more than 15 years ago. This one fit all my requirements at a very reasonable price. It is comfortable, well constructed with plenty of pockets.
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