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.
The Burberry Reversible Checker Tote that I wrote a lukewarm review about back in 2017 is now 50% off at Saks Off Fifth in three colorways (the “camel” pictured, black, and red). It was overpriced at the original list price of $995, but its current price point is very reasonable for an entry level designer bag.
For anyone who’s reading the news and wondering: What does one wear in a state of deep freeze?Ski-wear (+ all the Heattech) or maybe a spacesuit, that’s what. Though, when the low is minus 50, why risk frostbites when there’s shelter?
FYI, I got my mom the Arc’teryx Patera Insulated Parka pictured here as a gift last fall and borrowed it for a weekend recently to take some photos for this review. I probably wouldn’t buy this for myself as I prefer coats with more bells and whistles.
FIT Sizes run XS to XL; consult the Arc’teryx sizing & fit guide if you are new to the brand. The Patera fits somewhat boxy (though slim compared to caterpillar coats) and straight, so I would recommend ordering a size up to allow for layers. The coat in XS measures 36″ in length (center back) and 18.5″ at the chest, with 25.5″-long sleeves.
MATERIAL/CONSTRUCTION The outer shell is a matte, lightly-textured GORE-TEX fabric (which has not been finished with an anti-static coating so will attract lint) with taped seams that is wind-resistant and waterproof. The fill is a blend of 750 fill power goose down and Coreloft™ synthetic insulation. The only glaring issue I found is the plastic-y full front two-way zippers, which are stubborn and extremely sticky to zip up. (I admit my feelings are strong because my mom texts me frequently to complain about the issue, but many reviews mention the problem so it’s not an isolated incident.)
FEATURES If you are into sleek, utilitarian designs, this is the coat for you. The details are all functional: draft collar with chin guard (which is too tall and consequently awkward for those with short necks), knit cuffs, pockets (3), and an insulated hood with drawcords. But while there are no extraneous details that might date the style after a few seasons, it is so plain that, if you have other options and are someone who is modish, you might struggle to get excited enough to wear it.
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