The Arc'teryx Women's Patera Parka is a 3/4 length insulated coat designed to keep you warm and dry all winter long. The exterior is GORE-TEX® which is fully waterproof/windproof and impressively breathable. The insulation is a combination of synthetic Coreloft, strategically mapped in areas prone to moisture (hem, collar, sleeves and underarms), and 750 fill goose down on the core and sleeves for added warmth. I don't know what a patera is, but it must be the warmest, sleekest, cutest, most durable animal that's ever existed!(after a quick Google search it is now apparent that the patera isn't an animal at all. Too bad, I was already thinking of names for when I get one as a pet. I think I decided on Gabby)
You appreciate style as much as the next girl, but the Arc'teryx Women's Down Parka also includes ultimate weather protection. Two-layer waterproof windproof Gore-Tex fabric covers you from head to thigh for walking to work during rainy and blustery days. Of course, it's breathable too so you won't get to your destination with a muggy interior.
The Patera's innovative construction places down and synthetic insulation in separate places to maximize warmth and mobility. The 750-fill European goose down lines the core and sleeves where you need plush warmth. Coreloft covers the hood while Coreloft Compact insulates the hem, collar, and underarms to wick moisture and increase your freedom of movement. The parka features an adjustable hood with a storm collar that protects your hair from the nastiest weather. And the internal stretch cuffs keep the parka in place while remaining smooth and soft next to your wrists.
This jacket is beautiful and as the title exclaims, I really do LOVE it! The fit is really nice and the silhouette of this jacket does not make you look huge like a puffball. I ordered a size M in the color Storm (I'm 5'6''; 145lbs) and it fits perfectly! The color is really nice and its a nice change other than black outerwear which I have plenty of. I love the high collar and the tab that's in the middle adds a tapered waist making this jacket very feminine. The length of this hits above my knees.
I can't wait until it gets cold to wear this out.
Did no fit me, it was too tight across the chest and under arms. This only seems to happen with Arcteryx non-sport jackets. Tried size small, am 34B 5"5" 125lbs. The waist and bottom was a bit large. I have moderate size shoulder muscles. This seems to be built for women with big hips and stomach and no upper body strength; not the typical outdoor customer. It is a little bit crinkly sounding but is very lightweight and not thick.