For those in need of a timeless parka for brutal winters, try Canada Goose’s Victoria Parka, a perennial bestseller for the brand and a part of its permanent collection. Read on for a short review:
FIT The Victoria Parka is among the slimmest fitting Canada Goose parkas (especially compared to styles with a traditional fit, like the Trillium Parka) so I would recommend sizing up if you normally wear bulkier layers. Sizes run XXS to XL.
If you are around my size: I took a standard size XS in this style (which I regret… I should’ve sized up even more), which is a tight fit over chunky knits. The coat in size XS measures 31″ in length (which hits mid-thigh on 5’2 me), 17″ from underarm to underarm, and 24.5″ in sleeve length.
MATERIAL The coat is filled with 625 fill power duck down (pretty good, but not exceptional) and is rated (by Canada Goose) for temperatures that range from -4°F (-20°C) to 14°F (-10°C). The hood is trimmed with coyote fur and can be removed (the hood itself further detaches from the coat). And the outershell is a polyester-cotton mix that is mostly water repelling with some wind-resistant properties.
The coat is dry-clean only, and I would be wary of doing even that as the shell is coated to be water-repellent and wind-resistant. Ask your dry-cleaner if they have worked on CG coats before with success. You should understand that Canada Goose’s “Lifetime Protection” does not cover dry-cleaning mishaps: it’s one of those policies that are favorable in theory, but probably not actually usable.
DETAILS Here are some functional features that I enjoy: rib-knit cuffs, drawstrings at waist, the two-way front zip, fleece-lined exterior pockets, interior media pocket, and interior backpack straps.
PRICE At $950, the Canada Goose Victoria Parka is a luxury good. You are paying as much for performance and workmanship as you are for the Canada Goose name. As such, Canada Goose rarely discounts, and also opts out of most storewide promotions. With some exceptions, of course, like the 24S storewide sale that I mentioned earlier.
Buy the Canada Goose Victoria Parka at 24S, Altitude Sports, Amazon, Backcountry, Bloomingdale’s, Canada Goose, eBay, FWRD, Nordstrom (also here), Revolve, Shopbop, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Amazon (more colorways here).
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