Marmot Big Parka
Fill: All Down
Price Paid: $229 (On sale w/20% off)
At 6'4" and 200 lbs this parka in XL fits me comfortably with room to spare. Typically, I order 2XL coats for a proper fit, but this truly big parka is big enough to fill the needs of my generous frame.
On a side note, I was only able to obtain the odd Inca color much to the dismay of my wife and children, but my main concern is with function over form (typical male logic). Now that I have the coat the color is growing on everyone. It's difficult to describe the color, not quite orange, yellow, or tan, but some combination of all three, which my spouse snickeringly calls mustard. Enough quibbling, on to the rest of the review.
In my opinion, the quality of manufacture and materials put into this parka exceed any of the North Face parkas I have owned. The exterior shell is rugged and waterproof while the down of the interior holds you in a gentle warm embrace.
Three notable qualities of this parka are, one the magnetic storm flap along the zipper, two a total absence of leaking feathers, and three when zipped all the way I am kept warm from just below my hind quarters to my chin. Although, your magnetic closure would fail in the event of disturbances to magnetic field of the Earth and I will miss pulling feathers from my previous coats to make wishes.
In spite of my love affair with this parka there is one attribute I wish it did have (alas, no love is perfect). Absent is a draw cord at the waist. However, the draw cord at the hem makes up for this failing and does an adequate job at keeping drafts out.
Overall, this mammoth parka makes walks through the sub-zero depths of winter feel like a comfortable stroll on a summer day. Winter, I now laugh at your cold fury.
Fill: Down (700)
Price Paid: $398
I have owned NF outerwear for decades and seen the quality go down while their popularity skyrocketed. This parka is the warmest most well thought out and put together I have ever owned. The combination of down and Gore Tex is what I was looking for and does not disappoint.
The magnetic closures allow you to open or close your jacket without taking gloves or mittens off to close an old fashioned snap. Also won't have to worry about pulling a snap out and having to get it repaired. Sitting thru a 4 hour NFL game in 10 degree weather with snow flying was actually enjoyable.
I have owned it for less than 2 months but wish I'd bought it years ago. It's not the most stylish, but you won't be cold or wet regardless of the weather and that is what a parka's job is all about.
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The Marmot Big Parka takes the bight out of winter: 700 fill down warmth in a versatile, stylish down jacket with a zip-off hood and lots of pockets Marmot Big Parka Features (2009): GORE-TEX Performance, waterproof/breathable fabric 100% seam taped 2-layer construction Zip off down filled hood Handwarmer pockets with zip and flap closures Chest pocket with water resistant zipper Adjustable Velcro/Elastic cuffs Center front magnetic closure Elastic draw cord hem Inside mesh pocket Inside mobile office pocket Inside zip pocket DriClime lined chin guard Angel-Wing Movement Updated design Marmot Big Parka Features (2008): GORE-TEX Performance, waterproof/breathable fabric 100% seam taped 2-layer construction Handwarmer pockets with flap closures Zip chest pockets with flap closures Inside mesh pocket Down filled draft tube behind zipper Zip off down filled hood Inside essentials pocket Inside zip pocket DriClime lined chin guard Adjustable Velcro/Elastic cuffs Angel-Wing Movement Articulated sleeves Materials(2009): Shell: Regal 3.9 oz 100% nylon GORE-TEX Performance 2L Lining: Spectrum 1.3 oz 100% Polyester WR Insulation: 700 fill goose down Materials (2008): Shell: Blend NC-320 GORE-TEX Performance 2L Lining: Halo N-180 WR Insulation: 700 fill power goose down
CLOSEOUTS . Few jackets can compare with Marmot's Big 700 fill power down parka, featuring the waterproof breathable protection of Gore-Tex(R) and the superior insulating power of 700 fill power goose down to keep you dry and warm in the harshest climates. Fully seam-taped construction for unbeatable waterproofing Removable, down-insulated hood with drawcord and visor Rugged YKK front zip with magnetic front storm flap Down-filled draft tube behind zipper for added wind-block Extra large front cargo pockets Two zip chest pockets, one with interior sound port Multiple interior pockets Elastic drawstring waist Length: 35 Weight: 4 lb. 2 oz. Fabric: 59% cotton, 41% nylon with nylon lining Insulation: Goose down Fill power: 700 Care: Machine wash/dry CLOSEOUTS . China. Size: XS (33-35) S (36-38) M (39-41) L (42-45) XL (46-49)
- Sierra Trading Post
The Marmot Big Parka Jacket for Men takes the bight out of winter: 700 fill down warmth in a versatile, stylish down jacket with a zip-off hood and lots of pockets.
- Altrec Outdoors
700 fill down warmth in a versatile, stylish down jacket with a zip-off hood and lots of pockets.Weight: 3 lb 13 ozs / 1.729 kgs, Main Material: Blend NC-320 GORE-TEXA Performance 2L, Lining Material: Halo N-180 WR, Insulation Material: 700 Fill Goose Down. 100% seam taped 2-layer construction, Adjustable VelcroA /Elastic Cuffs Combination of Velcro and Elastic for Comfort and Adjustability, Angel-Wing Movement Allows Full Range of Motion in Arms so Jacket Doesn't Ride Up, Articulated Sleeves Design Feature to Reduce Excess Fabric and Improve Mobility, Down filled draft tube behind zipper, DriClime Lined Chin Guard Moisture Wicking Fabric Protects Your Face From the Zipper, GORE-TEX Performance, waterprooof/Breathable fabric Gore-Tex Performance, waterprooof/Breathable fabric, Handwarmer pockets with flap closures, Inside essentials pocket, Inside Mesh Pocket Inside mesh pocket, Inside Zip Pocket Secure Pocket to Store Small Items, Waterproof/Breathable Comfortable Weather Protection in the Wettest Conditions, Zip chest pockets with flap closures, Zip-Off Down-Filled Hood For Versatility and Warmth.
- Massey's Outfitters