FjallravenPolar Guide Insulated Parka - Men's

Tested tough.

The Fjallraven Polar is a 300km-long winter adventure across the Arctic tundra, where regular people are selected  given they have the right knowledge and equipment  to steer a dog sled all the way from Signaldalen, Norway to the forests around Jukkasjärvi, in the Swedish Lapland. This event is a chance for everyday people to discover how amazing outdoor life can be in the winter andto  enjoy an adventure of a lifetime, but it's also a chance for Fjallraven's product developers to test their clothing and equipment in the toughest possible conditions: the subarctic wilderness. One such product that's been unanimously approved by the guides and dog mushers of the trip alike is the Men's Polar Guide Insulated Parka.

A waterproof, winter parka for the most demanding conditions, the Polar Guide is a robust working piece that withstands close contact with excitable dogs and keeps warm through damp, cold weather and sub-zero temps. Hardwearing, water-resistant polyamide with a waterproof Hydratic membrane make up this parka's long-lasting winter weather protection, while G-1000 reinforcements on the shoulders, hood, pockets, and sleeves serve up tough-as-nails durability. Even when wet, the synthetic Supreme Microloft insulation delivers a cozy, furnace-like fit and feel, while the adjustable hood has a removable faux fur trim to allow customized style and protection. And if you're not traveling through the Arctic tundra, but just braving snowy city streets, the Polar Guide has a low-key style to fit in anywhere, and multiple pockets for easy access to any essentials you might want to bring along on your day out.

  • 100% polyamide face fabric
  • G-1000 reinforcements (65% polyester, 35% cotton)
  • Waterproof and breathable Hydratic membrane
  • Supreme Microloft insulation
  • Adjustable hood and hem
  • Removable faux fur trim
  • Multiple pockets
  • Regular fit
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Ethical, sustainable, durable parka

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Medium

Of all the Fjallraven Synthetic down parkas,I believe this one provides the most warmth. Previous reviews are accurate when they say it runs large. I am 5'10", broad shoulders, 32 waist, 40 in chest male and the medium fits me well enough. It's a tad roomy but that might be because it is cut regularly, as opposed to slim/athletic. this parka provides excellent warmth and is comparable to the Canada Goose Emory Parka (which i own). Fjallraven is an extremely ethical company and is often ranked higher ethically than Patagonia according to an independent source ( the synthetic down does not compromise on the warmth. As stated above, this is as warm as a $950 Canada Goose. My only negative is that it does not have the side access chest pockets. That is only a personal preference and I knew that before purchasing this parka.

Superior Winter Parka

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Small

This parka is well constructed and has performed in snow, sleet, freezing rain, and a cold, blustery rain. Here in coastal NH, we get that wet, chill you to the bones cold with wind. This Fjallraven coat seals out the elements. Since owning it, I have felt equipped for all types of winter weather and I am convinced that this garment is worth double its price.

The pockets are in the right places, including the convenient hand warmer ones. They aren't fleece-lined, but I have not found this to be an issue. I also really like how the sleeves are designed to seal around the wrists snugly, without the annoying velcro straps of a ski jacket. The hood is generous and protective, easily fitting over a hat.

As far as feel is concerned, the jacket has heft. This thing is heavy (almost 5 pounds). I find this weight to be a representation of quality, not a flaw. I would not use this coat for winter sports, or for cold weather backpacking. There are better options for those activities. The G1000 fabric performs very well on this coat and the interior quilted stitching is a nice touch.

Overall, if you need a coat for cold weather and you aren't planning to be very active when wearing it (I have kids and am often standing around with them or watching them at their outdoor activities), you can't go wrong with this investment.

The only flaw in this winter piece is the left-handed placement of the zipper. I am having to adapt my fine-motor skills to adjust to that. This is probably a benefit over the long run, but it can take longer to zip up while you're getting used to it.


    I really wanted to own this parka, but unfortunately the sizing was not suitable for my body shape. I’m 6’, 165-70 lbs., 40” chest, 32-34” waist. I often wear a large and certain brands a medium. The size medium in this coat fit well across the shoulders and back. Sleeves were a good length. But, the torso from my mid-rib cage down was huge. Like wearing a barrel on suspenders. Even with several layers, still floating around my body.

    thanks for your feedback Danny!

    Perfect for artic climates

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs large

    Bought this for the husband to use during our honeymoon in Scandanavia. It runs large but is very very warm and high quality. Currently he's using it out on the Bering Strait, and loves it! I can see why this is an ideal jacket for dogsledding.

    Fjallraven Polar Guide Insulated Parka

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Small

    Similar to the women's version, this jacket runs very large. Size down at least 1-2 sizes. I had to size down 2 sizes in women's and I bought this for my brother-in-law who had to size down 2 sizes as well. Despite the sizing issues, it's a great parka - super warm and stylish.

    Like an Eskimo in the City!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: L

    Awesome jacket, probably the best jacket I have ever owned. Living in Chicago during the winter can be pretty brutal, I am talking single digit degrees with wind chills that would put us way in the negatives. Fjallraven offers quality and durability with a ton of popular styles for a reasonable price. The brand is up there with the Goose; however its less trendy in Chicago making it a hidden gem. Its bulky which I like, because that slim fit for winter coats makes you look like a mamas boy, I live in Chicago I cant be looking like that. The hood on this thing is definitely a hazard in the city but I can see how it can be quite useful in a blizzard in the middle of nowhere #backcountry. But hey with a good beanie and the hood back you kinda look dope #intimidation. The only cold ill feel from now on is from my cold hearted Girlfriend lol jk... smh not really. Warm Jacket guys warm jacket.

    Unanswered Question


    Can you please tell me how long this jacket is in inches?

    It's a beast

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: medium

    I'm a slim guy, 6'0"/160 lbs. I bought a medium, which is sized correctly through the shoulders, but quite generous in the torso. Definitely not a slim fit.
    I tend to run cold. Not the ideal body type for Wisconsin's eternal bitter cold, dark, windy winters. Last year I froze my butt trying to wear a down insulator with vest over it. This set up was not windproof or waterproof, and it leaked feathers everywhere. This year I decided to invest in a quality jacket that is functional, waterproof, durable, and (super hard to find) STYLISH.
    The Fjallraven Polar Guide ticks all of these boxes. I've only had it a few weeks and already it has proven its worth.
    -So warm! Tons of synthetic insulation, and no annoying feathers blowing sticking to my car, house, office, wife. Drop tail insulates my butt from my freezing car seat.
    -Completely waterproof. Wore it for two days hiking in sleet.
    -Looks great. Goes beyond the basic black puffer look which is so played out. I got the Olive color which is more brown than green A huge plus IMO.
    -Durable. The G-1000 fabric feels like it will live as long as I do.
    -Bulky and heavy. Built oversized, and all that insulation's gotta go somewhere!
    -The hood is too big. Very snorkely and gives tunnel vision.
    -Removable faux fur looks great, until the hood goes up. Then you can't see a thing. The fur also makes it difficult to zip all the way up and makes you feel claustrophobic.
    Conclusion. You get what you pay for, and this is a piece that will last a lifetime. I wish I could say it's perfect, it's not. However it looks awesome and performs just as well. Bring it on, Wisconsin.

    Great review Jim! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Polar Guide Parka.

    Does what it was designed to do

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: X-Small

    I bought this directly from the Fjallraven store but Backcountry has been helpful in my research so I'd thought I share my experience.

    The jacket is warm, really really warm. I bought it hoping it'd be my go to for Minneapolis winters but had to return it after a couple of weeks. It's designed for standing on the back of a dog sled in the arctic, so if you have the need to be in very cold weather while being inactive then it's perfect. If that's not the case then there are other jackets out there for you.

    I like to be on the move and run hot, so I overheated in nearly every activity I used it for: walks, sledding, shoveling snow. I didn't dare take it on winter hike. I opted to finally get the Arc'teryx Atom AR and love it. Very, very different category of jacket than this though.

    Bottom line: It's warm and cozy, perfect for standing around in the super cold.