Reviewers Paid: $380.00-$700.00
When you need the very best.
- Very warm, compact, and lightweight
- Absolutely wind proof and waterproof
- 6+ inches of loft
- Articulated arms
- Gore Dry Loft shell
- Double front zipper
- Baffled construction
- Warmest parka ever (and I have had a lot!)
- Only wish I had bought it sooner.
Feathered Friends has been in business for around 30 years or so, now. They make excellent down filled clothing and sleeping bags for expedition use. I recently purchased their Rock and Ice Parka to replace my old NF Himalayan Parka, with its original brown tag.
I found the FF parka so much better and warmer while still being light weight and compact. It had extra length in the back along with all the options expected on a genuine expedition parka: baffle construction, articulated sleeves, large interior water bottle pockets, draw cords and storm cuffs around the waist and a double zipper system to avoid cold spots in the torso. Mine is XL which seems true to size. The materials are strong but light weight and the entire parka packs down surprisingly small.
The loft is about six inches or so. I laid it down alongside my Canada Goose Snow Mantra Parka and found the FF one to be loftier, especially considering the CG Parka is mostly non-insulated pockets and several layers of reduntant fabric. Comparing the warmth, the Rock and Ice wins hands down.
Not to mention the ease of movement while wearing it. In the Rock and Ice, my mobility is not restricted as in the CG and it does not feel like a straight jacket. The hood does up easily, again unlike the CG Snow Mantra, and my visibility is not restricted.
Overall, I would have to say that this is one of my best purchases and unlike so much gear out there these days, it does meet or exceed its hype. It is a high end, top notch expedition parka for those who need the ultimate in winter protection.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $700
Love this jacket!
- Good length
- So. Many. Pockets.
- Hood isn't detachable
I cannot use words to say how beautiful this warm parka is. I am warm. It is so hard to get warm. For a small, cold female, this is the solution to anything in winter. Camping in the snow? Yes. Summiting Everest...well, that's what it's meant for but I can't say that there is a product in existence that would do that for me.
However, this jacket is so good that I feel like I could test it in colder temps. I've never trusted a product enough to do that.
Downsides? It's not exactly a fashion piece. I have several nicknames from wearing it to work. My legs look like toothpicks coming out the bottom of the coat. People will hug you just to feel the squish. Wait, that's not a downside. But the velcro on the pockets can get a little stabby when the fabric is compressed and your putting your hands in the pockets. And it's hard to store in a closet.
But if you get blood on it, it beads up and will wash off without any aid. How do I know this? Hockey. And other ice games.
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $380