This baby is an excellent Urban Parka!!!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: L
I looked all over for a well made, thoughtfully designed, not too bulky, mid-priced parka that would keep me warm and dry through cold, wet and windy days and something I could layer up for sub-freezing temps in NYC and I've found it in this Backcountry Original.
I love this thing!. Out of the box I was immediately impressed with the quality of this parka. The Gortex fabric is nicer than I expected. It's well made and the stylish cut is right for me.
I'm between M and L sizes in most brands. I carry a bit of upper body muscle and it can be a challenge finding jackets that fit well. Medium jackets are often too tight in the shoulder and chest area, yet, the right length. And Large sizes are often too frumpy and baggy on me. However, this baby in a large provides just a bit of room in the chest, yet, still remains sleek. The arms and over all length work for me.
As for warmth, it's a 90/10 ratio, 650 Down fill, which is good. Although, it's not heavy like a puffer, it's warm. However, I did feel a chill in the arms when the temp dipped below 32 degrees F while I had a thin wool sweater zipped up over my neck and T shirt beneath. So, for temps below freezing, if you're not active and generating heat, you'll need a base layer.
I do love the lined pockets and the gators at the wrists. The collar is large and I like it that way. Snapping the collar up does a great job protecting from the wind and cold.
This parka feels good, sturdy and cozy. And the Gortex cuts the wind nicely, yet, doesn't feel tech like. It's got a smooth feel with only a bit of sound.
The hood is the only real flaw. It's way too big. Kind of goofy big and flops down almost over my eyes. I read in another review that it's designed to go over a helmet. Anyway, it's not a deal breaker. I'm so pleased with this parka that the hood is just a minor issue.
Overall, I'm super happy with this baby. I think you will be too.
Thank you Backcountry!