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Best Winter Investment
As a surf photographer based out of the mid-Atlantic, I bought this for the brutally cold days standing on the beach. My first experience with the jacket was shooting a swell during a blizzard in New York. I was blown away by the warmth with only a long sleeve shirt underneath. I could not have lasted the entire day on the beach without it. After w... Read Moreearing the jacket a few more times I have found that no matter how windy or cold outside it is, this jacket has you covered. All of my friends envy it every time I wear it and I definitely consider picking one up.
After moving from New Jersey to accept a job in Portland, Maine, I quickly realized that my Nano Puff, R1, and capilene base layer combination which had served by well 90% of the time in winters previous performed like a warm t-shirt at this windy latitude. I needed something much much warmer. When I find myself outside these days it's usually... Read More because I'm birding, which can involve fast-paced walking or even running, but mostly involves standing still while looking through a spotting scope. And in the winter time, scoping through sea duck flocks can be a miserable experience if you are not dressed properly (and for me it usually was up until this purchase). Enter the Frozen Range Parka. Believe it or not, the decision of which coat to buy wasn't terribly difficult. I wanted something that would keep me extremely warm, hot even, no matter how cold it was outside, but wasn't going to make me looking like a marshmallow when I wanted to wear it on a date (check out the Mountain Hardwear Men's Absolute Zero Down Parka for a laugh). Patagonia's main competition when it comes to parkas are Arcteryx and Canada Goose, but when I factored in how relatively lightweight the Frozen Range was, in addition to Patagonia's unbeatable Ironclad Guarantee, the decision became a no brainer. Stylish, yet functional, the Frozen Range Parka completely changed my quality of life. I no longer dreaded being outside in the winter time, and I instantly came to find out that when I was able to maintain my core warmth, my hands no longer felt like they were going to fall off! Some people don't like the snorkel style hood because of the reduced visibility, but trust me, when you finally need to put the hood up (like me this week when a small blizzard came whipping across the marsh complex), you'll be glad you had the extra protection. This is one of the many reasons, including weight, coverage, and price, I think this parka is superior to the Frozen Range 3-in-1. My only critique after a few months of wearing the parka is that the giant buttons on the front are a bit unnecessary. I have only used them once, and they honestly take too much time to bother with. I wish the coat had snap close buttons like the Frozen Range 3-in-1, but it's definitely not a deal breaker. Now, don't get me wrong, I CAN still feel a shiver while wearing this parka, but I think that's mostly influenced by how insulated my head, hands, and feet are, in addition to how hungry I am. Never neglect to wear proper underlayers when the temperatures dictate. Thanks for keeping me warm, Patagonia!
Uninsulated outer pockets are a dealbreaker
Love the overall design of this parka, and if the outer pockets were insulated I would go so far to say this parka was perfect. Unfortunately, for a "frozen range" winter parka, uninsulated zippered outer pockets is a deal breaker for me. After a few snow days in this parka, and despite loving its look and feel, not having functional oute... Read Morer pockets makes it unsuitable. If you have cold hands like myself, then you will have to always keep a pair of gloves/mittens with this jacket, otherwise it's frozen doom for your fingers. At risk of coming off as a review-troll, I'm giving this product one-star because I want to make sure Patagonia sees it and takes note. Doesn't matter how warm a parka is if there's no place for your hands to get toasty then it's dependent on another product: gloves. It's baffling how these outer pockets passed user testing and design reviews -- what were they thinking for such a high end item? Not only are the outer pockets uninsulated but they also face forwards, causing the zippers to pinch your wrists with an awkward tension on the pocket corners when your hands are in them. All in all, the outer pockets are only suitable for storage. I will gladly purchase an updated version of this parka design as everything else about it is delightful and very functional. But the outer pockets are so bizarre, it's almost insulting that Patagonia would overlook (and overcomplicate) such a critical feature (i.e. insulated outer pockets!) on an item that is as expensive as this. If gloves sufficiently keep your hands warm on the coldest of days, then this parka is good for you. But if you have cold hands like me and need insulated outer pockets (even when wearing gloves) then unfortunately this parka is probably not suitable for you.
Outside pockets are oddly designed
Love this parka, but if you have cold hands like I do, the outside pockets are a letdown. This parka would be perfect if the outside pockets weren't facing forwards (making it awkward to easily insert your hands into them, especially while wearing gloves), and also the outside pockets are *on the outside of the insulation* which makes them mo... Read Morestly just storage pouches. This parka is so close to being perfect, except the outside pockets are confounding in their design -- surely Patagonia had a reason for making them this way, but they seem "backwards" in the two ways that I mentioned. All in all, this is still my favorite parka to date.
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For warmth this is far better than the Tres 3 in1
If you are debating whether to buy this coat or the Tres 3 in 1, if warmth is your concern pay the extra $100 and buy the Frozen Range Parka. I bought both coats and I was cold in the Tres 3 in1 on a 10 minute dog walk in 25 degree weather. I went on the same dog walk in the same weather with the Frozen Range Parka and was toasty throughout. Patago... Read Morenia was great about returning the Tres 3 in1. For sizing I am between 5'9' and 5'10" and weigh 155 lbs. The large was a good fit. It was a little roomy but fits nice with a sweater. A medium would be too tight if you are my size and wear a layer underneath.
Stylish warm parka from 0 to -20
This guy looks great and keeps you comfortable from hovering around zero in Toronto to the deep freeze of Northern Ontario. The small inner pockets are great for keys and headphones. love the cellphone chest pocket. The hood is a little silly at lower temperatures, but I just fold over the snorkel and it sits well on the sholders.
I've had lots of jackets over the years and this one of the best. Super warm, great fit, and good coverage. This is the first parka I've owned that drops this low and it's great. The second zipper allows for me zip up from the bottom for access to pants pockets. The jacket pockets are deep and allow me to hold two nylon dog leashes (... Read More6' each) in one pocket. The giant collar has been great in the cold and wind and the hood is there for next level warmth. Clearly, I'm a big fan!
Warm and light
I have had this coat for a couple months now and am very impressed. It is packed with down and is very warm. Whether walking around or sitting for hours in frigid temperatures it has kept me comfortable. It is much lighter than your standard Canada Goose parka and easier to move around in. The Goretex shell also gives better protection from rain an... Read Mored moisture than most other down parkas I looked at. The collar/hood stands up tall which is a little unusual but it keeps the wind off your neck and when the hood is up you feel ready for an Arctic adventure.
Excellent! Super Warm
This is an Excellent Parka. I highly recommended. The Parka is Lightweight, waterproof, very sophisticated buttons and beautiful. The pockets are deep enough for your cellphone, wallet, keys, and even gloves and hat. The hood is amazing warm. I get many compliments. The investment is worthy. Thanks Patagonia!!!
Its never too cold now
Great cold weather parka. Built solid, looks great and keeps you toasty in sub-zero temps. Perfect for walking the dog on frigid Vermont mornings. Would be nice to have a draw cord inside to keep any drafts out, but has not been an issue. The hood looks a little goofy on the web site, but looks good in real life, and works great.
Great winter coat
I love this coat. At first I purchased the mens tres jacket but was concerned it wasnt going to be warm enough for the frigid northeast winters. I returned it and decided to go with the parka. Im glad I made the choice. Its very warm and looks great. I get many compliments on it. The hood is incredible. Im a big scarf guy and havent felt the need f... Read Moreor one since getting this jacket. I also love how the bottom unzips so I can sit comfortably in it while driving. I definitely recommend.
The warmest jacket I own
I purchased this jacket for the harsh Canadian winters and it has exceeded all expectations. My girlfriend got the same jacket as me because of how warm it is. Definitely meant for super cold weather. Anything above 3ºC, and the jacket is too warm. I'd love it if the jacket had better pocket insulation, I think thats the only downside. My hand... Read Mores get pretty cold when they're in the pockets. I've had jackets with fleece lined pockets, and that would be something I'd love to see in this coat.
Best purchase ever!
I can't tell you how much I love this jacket. Warm, light, waterproof, presentable, wind proof. Absolutely love it. The ONLY issue is that the front pockets are outside the insulation so there are no warm pockets, and the warmers when put in there don't do anything in the real cold. Love it though!
Warm and comfortable
This parka is extremely warm. In milder weather (30F) at a brisk walk I was actually overheating. The "snorkel" hood is very good at keeping wind and elements off your face, but dramatically reduces peripheral vision. The material is soft and comfy, and the buttons, zippers, etc. all seem very high quality. The mesh phone pockets are incr... Read Moreedibly irritating and there really seems to be no need for them. There's also an internal "pocket" which is large and extremely loose - good for tucking a hat and gloves into, not good for anything you want to be sure won't fall out (like a phone/wallet/keys). Finally, the external pockets are not insulated . . . which is again a bizarre choice for a parka geared towards extremely cold weather. Overall a fantastic product with a couple minor design quibbles.
Not warm enough for me
I tried this jacket out thinking it would be very warm, but after wearing it a couple times I still felt cold while wearing a sweater + undershirt. I wore it in about -9C to -15C weather and was chilly, especially in the arms. I also found the neck too tight when zipping it up all the way without the hood on. The quality of the jacket is great, jus... Read Moret not the warmth I would have expected. Also could just be me as some people run hotter than others.
Best investment to get my partner to shut up about being cold
I bought this for my partner mainly because he's a wuss with the cold, and gets sick easily, and loves 90deg weather but is forced to be in the NE with me. I saw that hood, and immediately knew that while it looked weird, it was perfect. My partner could go out while having his head and face completely covered and he'll never complain abo... Read Moreut cold ears. The body of the jacket is perfect for him, and he's never complained about being cold anymore. The pockets have been extremely nifty. The inside pocket is spacious enough to fit 2 boba teas to sneak into movie theatres. He's taken this snowboarding too, and found it cushy enough for his falls on the bunny slope. Overall, best investment I've made, for his warmth and my sanity.
super warm and a puffy down jacket
I was so lucky to buy this last large one on the website at a sale price. The color is exactly what I expected and because it's a winter gear, i prefer a larger size (I normally wear M) to cover more inside clothes. It's not heavy but worm, the shell material gives a thick and Wearable feature.
I previously purchased this coat in another color last winter ( weird ocre/orange) and ended up returning it. I thought the buttons might be an issue with gloves and that the hood lacked adjustments. I was wrong- I re-ordered it just recently as I find it hard to find a parka to fit my needs. It is too warm out to really test it yet but Im really d... Read Moreigging this military inspired green. Harkens back to the old N3b parkas. The hood is an excellent neck and chin shroud if like me you get cold in that area. Cuffs are excellent and buttons are no problem for gloves ( I checked.) On top of all that it looks great on!
A Perfect Winter Piece
This jacket is beautifully made and both water tough and warm in Canadian winters. It’s true to size, so I’d consider sizing up. I’m 5’10/11 and broad and an XL is perfect for me. I couldn’t initially decide between navy and black; I ultimately got the blue and am happy with it. I expect this piece may be a tough find in future. In short, if yo... Read Moreu can afford it, I don’t think you’ll regret your purchase. Well done, Patagonia
First and best parka I own
Very stylish thigh length parka. I got the coffee color and love the color. The oversized buttons adds the perfect touch. This also has a elastic sleeve to keep cold draft out. Snorkel is the best feature, especially when wind chills and rain hampers your commute. I would highly recommend this product before it is gone!
* Excellent coverage - full to hips (the 3-in-1 uses a jacket, not a parka for insulation layer but this parka is full length warmth) * Stylish - a lot of compliments on the color, style, and overall composure of this parka * Warmth - unless you pack in multiple layers you won't overheat, but rather you'll be super comfortable in anything... Read More cold (provider you wear something under this) * Performance - 2 layer Gore tex really blocks out the wet! Wind it no match for this hip-length shield either. 44oz but feels lighter and is vs other maker's parka weights * Hood - I happen to love the snorkel hood. If you want it but want peripheral vision then rethink this as you cannot have both. Unzip the parka a bit and the hood won't be snorkel. * Fit - true to size: I'm medium in every Patagonia item - 6' 1" 156lb and fits perfectly. I can layer under this (not that I really need it), but an R1 or R2 or down sweater work great.
Warm and sytlish, but a couple downsides
Really like the look of the jacket, especially buttoned up. I've received multiple compliments. I was warm at a standstill down to about 25F with a light wind wearing just a t-shirt underneath. Below that I layered a nano puff underneath and was more than warm enough at 0F with -20F wind chill (again with no activity). 5'7", 165 lbs... Read More, athletic build, a Small is juuust large enough to layer a flannel, the aforementioned nano puff, and this jacket. Length is great. Two way zipper is appreciated but the bottom one somehow manages to be very difficult to get on track and operate barehanded and essentially impossible with gloves. Like another reviewer mentioned, the elastic cuffs seem a bit loose. A thumbhole in the cuffs would've been better, especially to get the cuffs under a pair of thick gloves that you'll obviously be wearing in the intended temperatures of this jacket. My main complaint is the supposed "handwarmer" pockets are useless because they are in front of, rather than inside the insulation. You will absolutely regret if you forget your gloves. Presumably this is to optimize their production of this jacket and the 3-in-1 version, but this quite frustrating especially at this price point. I like it the hood, but of course it comes with a complete loss of peripheral vision. However, it's very warm and keeps the wind out well. Overall happy with the parka, but these missed details make it feel like I overpaid.
The Socially Acceptable Way to Wear a Sleeping Bag
This coat is insanely warm but not OVERLY boxy/bulky despite its armor-like insulation. It's actually really stylish for how insulated it is. The snorkel hood makes hats and scarves and all the other usual winter accessories superfluous. It's already gotten into the single digits Fahrenheit here in Milwaukee and this jacket has stood the ... Read Moretest just fine. As for fit, I'm 6'0" and 190 lbs, and this Medium fits me perfectly.
sups cute but...
The look of this coat is super cute and the coat itself does keep you pretty warm in cold temps. though, here are some suggestions that would make it EVEN warmer: longer, tighter sleeve cuffs(with thumb loop—this keeps them secure), replace the cell phone pockets with fleece pockets for additional hand warmth, velcro not buttons :( for ease even th... Read Moreough the buttons look super cute. Here are some things i absolutely LOVE about the jacket: the hood—controversial, I know, but the mere size of its designed helps keep you warm even when its not on—, the secret wallet pocket left of the zipper, and the sturdiness of the buttons. Y'all did it right!
Wore this jacket in -20C Canadian winter and it kept me toasty warm!! Compared to other Patagonia jackets that have a snap or velcro sleeves, this jacket utilizes elasticized storm cuffs to seal in the warmth (in my opinion, storm cuffs do a better job at sealing in warmth). The snorkel style hood is my favourite part of the jacket, not only that i... Read Moret provides great warmth but it also adds a unique style to the jacket. If you're looking for a urban style jacket that'll keep you warm for the winter, i'd seriously consider getting this one. 10/10
I wanted to wear this jacket for a couple months before reviewing it. After a few weeks of -30 weather in the prairies in Canada this jacket is perfect for that type of weather! The scuba hood is perfect for face protection, the material is durable and very windproof. Also when the zipper is pulled all the way up with the hood down, you won't ... Read Moreneed to pull a neck warmer over your face since the zipper goes high enough to protect up to your nose. I'd recommend this product to anyone!
Couldn’t believe a coat could be this warm
After reading the previous reviews I decided to wear my new parka outside to test it out . It was 35 degrees out, I only had a t shirt under the parka . I was SO WARM!! I couldn’t believe a coat would keep me so warm . It was like it wasn't cold out. When I zipped up the snorkel hoody it was like icing on the cake . I was even warmer . It’s al... Read Moreso very stylish . I am only 5”5 with broad shoulders and an athletic build . I bought a medium. The jacket didn’t make me have a square shape like a lot of jackets do on me. The color is great as well .
A bit pricey but a very stylish and warm jacket. After freezing every time I visit the in laws in Minnesota during the winter I thought I should invest in a proper winter jacket. Haven't had a chance to face the elements with the jacket but I am confident it might give me a fighting chance. Immediate warmth as soon as I put on the jacket. I we... Read Morear small in all Patagonia outerwear and this fits true to size for the fitment I like. I'm 5'9" 165lbs male.
despite being told not to buy this jacket from a salesperson in the chicago store because it will be too hot and not breathable, i bought it anyways. all i have to say is that this jacket has changed my whole outlook on chicago winter. i use it to walk about a mile to and from work. totally agree with the previous reviewer- feels like a cozy impene... Read Moretrable sleeping bag yet somehow still manages to have city style. highly recommend!
Consider adding graphic patterns to Parka fabrics
Patagonia is always tasteful and minimalist and I respect that, but I think the kind of fabric patterns found on the Synchilla Pullovers could be applied to the Parka lineup. One of the biggest reason I have yet to buy a top-tier Patagonia parka is that **all the options are incredibly drab**. Of course, bland colors should always be an option for ... Read Moresuch high-end items, but please incorporate some fun patterns as well.
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