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Canada Goose Resolute Parka

rated 4.50 of 5 stars
photo: Canada Goose Resolute Parka down insulated jacket

Specs

Men's
Price MSRP: $1,295.00
Historic Range: $379.95-$1,350.00
Reviewers Paid: $240.00-$780.00
Shell Fabric 195 gsm, Arctic-Tech 85% polyester /15% cotton blend with a DWR.
Lining Fabric 55 gsm, Nylon plain weave treated with water repellent finish.
Fill 625 fill power white duck down.
Women's
Price MSRP: $1,295.00
Historic Range: $299.95-$1,350.00
Shell Fabric 195 gsm, Arctic-Tech 85% polyester / 15% cotton blend with a DWR.
Lining 55 gsm, Nylon plain weave treated with water repellent finish.
Fill 625 fill power white duck down.

Reviews

4 reviews
5-star:   3
4-star:   0
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Owned three Resolute Parkas, lived and worked for years right there in Resolute Bay! I have mixed feeling about the Resolute. They are great for around camp or while doing labor that is kinetically abrasive. They are durable and warm, there is no doubt.

Pros

  • Very tough, durable
  • Longevity
  • Very warm
  • Dependable overall
  • Tried and tested
  • Good utility functionality (clip spots for GPS, radio, etc.)

Cons

  • Not ideal for active users
  • Sweat builds up from mid back up to shoulders
  • In high arctic conditions, ice crystals build up in fabric fairly fast. Freezes up and loses its insulative properties on avg. of 6 days of use in -30° to -48°C conditions.
  • Hood style is not overly ergonomic despite wire frame

 

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Kuugaaruk,NU

 

 

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TALOYOAK, NU

 

 

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Taloyoak, NU

 

 

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Sea ice, Barrow Strait

 

 

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Barrow Strait

 

 

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Hefty Berg, near Broughton Island (Qikiqtarjuaq, NU)

 

 

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Besides living and working with it every day, I spent a year living on the land on Cornwallis Island with this parka and developed a love-hate relationship for it.

Sedentary it is awesome. Working doing labor that may compromise other gear, you will never be disappointed in its durability. But the outer main pockets had to be resewn and reinforced on my first two, and done preventatively for the last one.

They will outlast you if you take care of the down. But on the move, it's a different beast. Skiing or running with dogs and you'll feel every last gram of its weight. You will also sweat like a pig and find yourself quickly wanting to remove the layer.

Sadly, in dark season high arctic conditions this might seem fine but equates to a more comfortable core yet frostbite in minutes! For my short thicker stature, trekking or skiing results in premature failure on bottom velcro segment and zipper creep. A constant annoyance.

For emergencies, outdoor arctic workers, this is the go-to parka for sure. But for comfort and practicality for active users it's not ideal.

The internal skirt is good, use it. The adjuster cords for waist and hood are fine in calmer conditions, but seem to work loose often when fighting the wind around the Archipelago. Parka ices up pretty quickly in prolonged extreme cold and one of the more difficult parkas to deice. Six days would be the limit before you really need to freeze it well and beat out the ice crystals. 

Experience

Three parkas and a few thousand kilometers of mixed labor and travel in high arctic. Travel by dog, ski, trekking, skidoo. Primary parka on the land for a year at N75. First two bought new, Tudjaat Cooperative, Resolute Bay. Third bought used $250CAD. All locally. Owned from 2005-2018. Still live in (much lower) Arctic, and use better layering systems with anaraq type shells or wind suits, and lightweight down puffer-type (EMS) mountaineer style. Ski expeditions with my now children to begin again soon in the Ungava Bay area!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $900CAD

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Nice review of your Canada Goose parka, Cory! Thanks for taking the time to share such helpful info. If you have any pictures of your parka in use, we'd love to see them in your review too.


7 months ago
Cory Buott

Some photos added! I've ordered the promising new Haglof's Nordic Expedition Jacket for ski expeditions in and around the Ungava Bay and Hudson Bay area where I live now. I'm really keen to try it for its options for keeping cool/dry. I'll review this after initial trips, then again post season!


7 months ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks, Cory! Good luck with the new Haglofs jacket. Let us know how it works out.


7 months ago

I have had the Resolute Parka for more than 15 years. I keep it up north and when I need to run out it is my go-to coat. It does have that hydro worker look to it, but it is a truly warm, well made, and functional coat.

Pros

  • Warm
  • Functional
  • Well made
  • The zippers are better than other brands I have owned

Cons

  • I have read people complain it is becoming overpriced and a fashion statement. I just care that it does what I bought it to do. It does that very well.

I also have the Snow Mantra —  use that for extended periods outside. I also have the Expedition (actually two as the medium I bought was a bit too big and ended being comfortable in the small). The Resolute was my first Canada Goose and I have continued to buy their products.

As for warmth) 1. Snow Mantra, 2. Resolute (not as technical but a bit longer than the Snow Mantra), 3. Expedition (not quite as warm as the other two but fits into an urban environment without you looking like just got off a utility truck to work on some downed power lines).

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Long time ago

Now this is a parka!

Long snorkel hood, trimmed with Coyote fur and wire reinforced. No cheap drafty zip-off hood here! Who wants to zip the hood off their parka anyway?
Down filled draft flap, big inside pockets with two little pockets for hand warmers.

Nice big D-rings on the front for carrying extra equipment. Three haul loops (one on each shoulder and one center back). Long cuffs that bellow with the sleeves.

This parka was designed by someone who worked outside in extreme cold. And this parka is warm. Worked outside for 4 hours in -48 with wind chill and I was very comfortable.

Downside?
The neck could be a bit bigger but I have a pretty large neck.

This is the best parka money can buy if you need to be outside in the extreme cold. I live in Saskatchewan and it can be life-threatening cold here.

Highly recommended.

Fill: down
Price Paid: $780

When I bought it in the previous millennium it was advertised as the best parka in the world, and the only one that Canada Goose (then Snow Goose of Canada) made.

I believe it. I've worked outside in the arctic and Northern Ontario at -50C and was warm as toast. It (and I) have survived blizzards, ice storms and unseasonal rain. A friend's gloves fell out of his pockets, my spares attached to the d-rings saved his hands when the temperature plummeted.

The only maintenance I've given it is a sponge wipe with soapy water. That's all it ever needed. My only problem is deciding who will inherit it when I kick the snow bucket.

Today it's regarded as the second best, next to the Snow Mantra (also by GC).

Price Paid: $240

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