User Review: Cabela's EXV Parka
Fabric: Nylon, Gore-tex
Fill: None (optional Polartec liner)
Price Paid: $110
Cabela's EXV Parka is a parka with hood, utilizing both a Gore-Tex inner fabric and treated outer nylon shell to provide breathable water resistance. It is similar in concept and function to the U.S. military's ECWS parka. By itself the EXV is really a lightweight rain jacket (naturally, with more length than most jackets). However, it is designed to be fitted with an optional Polartec fleece liner which I also bought that converts the jacket into a very comfortable and truly warm cold-weather parka.
I found the parka to run very much on the large side even when considering one is wearing additional layers, so beware when ordering by chest size only. Cabela's offers a tall version which is great for people needing extra length on the sleeves and bottom of the parka.
The only real negative of this parka is that is does not offer a waist position cinch or drawcord to tighten the parka around your middle, though there is a drawdcord fitted to the bottom edge of the parka.