Downtown w/ Warmth & Glamor
This coat has warmth and style at its finest! The hood transforms easily and effortlessly into a hood or folded back under as a shawl collar. I am 5'8" tall and 150lbs.! I got this parka in an XL! I'm NOT sorry I did. The description gives it as slim-fitting and for that reason I knew I'd need ample room. If you like to wear a thermal tee and a light-weight sweater, then this size is perfect. If you're the type that likes to wear LOTS of layers with BULKY sweaters, get a ROOMIER and DIFFERENT parka altogether. This one will be too snug to accommodate multiple THICK layers. At 5'8", this parka falls just a bit lower than mid-calf. The sleeves are a bit long, but, folded back, it fits exactly at your wrists as you'd wish it to. I have fairly long arms and prefer sleeves to be on the longer side, so it accommodate me just fine. The pockets are lined with a snugly fleece, too , with ample room. The description online says its 800-fill down parka. Well. . . .I'm guessing it probably is, then. The label inside says Goosedown 85% minimum down with 15% other fiber. Since I ALSO have Northface's TRIPLE C parka, which falls just above my ANKLES, I can tell the "warmth factor" is comparable. This Patagonia parka is "smarter"-looking and far more feminine. It doesn't have that "straight up and down" look my TRIPLE C North Face parka has. I got it in the silvery blue which gives it more of an "evening" look. My TRIPLE C parka is in black and more "severe" looking! As far as I'm concerned, you can't beat a 700 and 800 count in "down"! They're just flat-out warm! If you want to stay "toasty warm" when strolling the holiday streets in STYLE. . . . . .you CAN'T do better than this one! S-E-R-I-O-U-S-L-Y! You WON'T be disappointed with this parka. It's worth EVERY penny!
a very good coat
I have been scrutinizing down coats online ad nauseum from all brands and I have to say patagonia's combination of fit and function again do not disappoint. this is an extremely slimming coat, probably as stylish as a full-length down coat can be. in black the fabric has a lovely sheen and is very very soft. the simplicity of details are great--simple pockets, inconspicuous closures. you just see a long slim line with nothing extraneous. the sleeves are pleasingly long, not overlong. yes. the zipper starts way down there and is a bit tricky to reach, but that is true of all long coats. I have no issue with the snaps--I think the fabric will hold up fine based on my experience with many other patagonia shells. Two criticisms: the hood absolutely does not fold or convert into a collar as promised. it is a hood that does not fold away coherently and is not quite as polished-looking as the rest of the garment. Second, even longer would be better. this coat is 43 inches long and is the longest patagonia choice. I am 5' 7" and I would prefer a 48" long coat, which would be even warmer and more chic--lands' end's is 48" long--though I realize not everyone would agree. also I am slim--120--and a small in the downtown loft is perfect, fitted but roomy enough for a substantial sweater. in all ways but length this was the better choice and well worth the investment. it's only 30 degrees in NY recently so I have not had a chance to test the all-out warmth but I believe it will not let me down. kudos to patagonia: we have another keeper.
Fit, pros and cons
Fit: I'm 5'8", 35-27-35. The XS fit my waist and hips, but was too small in the chest, which I found odd. I am certainly no Pamela Anderson. The S fits my chest. There's a little extra room in the waist and hips, but it's not objectionably baggy. I decided to go with the small. This coat was a good length on me (a couple of inches below the knee), but if you're not much over five feet tall, I'd choose a different coat - this one will be down to your ankles. Pros: This coat weighs virtually nothing, but is pretty warm (although it's not the absolute warmest coat I've ever owned). For a down coat, the cut is very flattering - you don't look like the Michelin Man, because it's relatively slim fitting. As far as color, the espresso color is very nice - it's not a dull brown; it has a little depth to it. The black is a bit flat and washed out looking because the fabric doesn't have much sheen. I live in the NYC area and prefer to dress in black from head to toe, but I think espresso is a much better color for this coat. Cons: The hood doesn't stay rolled up into a shawl collar as shown - it just hangs down like the hood on any coat. The zipper catches a bit. The pockets are serviceable, but could be larger. If it's windy out and you don't want to wear the hood, you'll need a scarf with this coat. The cold air goes down your neck a bit.
Toasty after a couple of wears
When I first got the coat I was disappointed because wore it outside and could feel the cold right through the coat. However I gave it a chance and now it's toasty. Today is 15 degrees and I was fine! The 800 down scrunches up so much that when you unpack the coat (they sent it in a tiny box) it needs to fluff out and this is only done when you wear it. Also don't get it too tightly fitted. I am 5'6" 130 lbs and the small is a good fit for me. It's very elegant looking, feminine, and most importantly, warm! Some cold air does creep up under the coat, but it's still the best I can find for city wearing. The fabric does seem a bit flimsy and I agree with others that I am afraid it will tear when I under the (very sticky) snaps. The hood is fine too. I like the way it folds into a shawl collar but when it's on and yo usnap the top snap it stays on pretty well even without a drawstring. A drawstring wouldn't hurt, and neither would storm cuffs on the sleeves. Should add that I like this better than the Triple C from NF. It's warmer. fits better, easier to walk in, and as an added bonus you don't walk around with the down fill number emblazoned on your arm, or the logo on the front and back in a contrasting color. Patagonia has a lot more class! Thanks Patagonia!
I've tried several down jackets and like the other reviews, I felt like the Michelin man or the Staypuff marshmallow. I did not have any odor problems so I don't know what was wrong with the jacket in a previous review.
Anyway, this jacket is awesome! It's definitely slim fitting, feminine, and stylish. I needed something that keeps me warm in the lowest of temperatures. I love the two way zipper so I won't have to unzip the jacket from top to bottom, exposing where I need the warmth the most, just to get to my pockets in cold weather. I just unzip from the bottom up since I'm usually good as long as my upper body is covered and this also helps if I get too hot. I know some people don't like the small pockets but I'm ok with them since I just use them to keep my hands warm. I am able to wear a cross body messenger type bag either under or over the jacket to carry my belongings. Either way I still don't feel like a marshmallow. The length is great to where I don't have to wear too many layers under my jeans. I just wear jeans and some knee high socks and I'm great! I'm 5'4" 125lbs and wear a XS comfortably.
Room for improvement, but no show stoppers
With last year's record cold and snow, I got reacquainted with down. I purchased the Down With It Parka, but needed a little extra oomp as it got colder. The Downtown Loft Parka fit the bill. It's very warm and looks nicer than a lot of other coats on the street. At first I thought the material was a little delicate and I still hold my breath every time I unsnap the coat, but it has held up well. I believe the coat could use storm cuffs and the shawl collar/hood doesn't quite work from a design perspective. It still looks like a hood from the back because it's too hard to roll up after you've worn it once. But, no show-stopper and it's what makes the coat look different. As for keeping my head warm, I usually wear a hat, but it's nice to have a little extra protection. All told, a good investment. I just bought another one in black, so I can wear it to work and dresser outings. P.S. I also have the Downtown Loft jacket in red. For some reason, I think the hood works better on the jacket. It's also warm and looks distinctive. I think my down wardrobe is complete...for now.
I used to live in Denver and bought the Fiona Parka while I was there. When I recently moved to Chicago, the Fiona wasn't cutting it for the super super cold days. I have to say this parka is absolutely the warmest ever! I've worn it with just a t-shirt (quick errand) and was toasty! I've also worn it with sweaters, etc. I love the design of the hood because it wraps around your neck and keeps you really warm when it's down. I'm short, (5'3") so it is long on me, but I don't mind at allâkeeps me warm down to my ankles! The only comment I have, and this is more of a general Patagonia thing... I'm kinda busty, and I had to get a large so that it didn't pull across my chest. (I had to do that with the Fiona, too) Which is sort of unfortunate, because it's a little long in the sleeves. So I just wish Patagonia would consider cutting their clothes for us curvy chicks! But all in all the coat is awesome and I couldn't be warmer, so I'm happy!
Solid compromise of looks & function
After losing a good bit of weight, I bought this to replace another manufacturer's full-length hooded down coat which is now too large for me. The medium size suits me (5'3", 135lb) well except that the arms are much too long--consistently true for all Patagonia items I've bought. This coat is better looking than the typical down coat. It's slightly less warm than my old one, but still seems warm enough for NY. Fabric is very lightweight and seems potentially fragile, so probably best for urban/suburban wear. Has a slight sheen (in a nice way, not too "disco"). Hood is lightly elasticized on the leading edge, but lacks any means of really snugging it up tight in the face of stiff winds. The collar does not wrap all the way up to the chin like my previous coat, so it leaves your neck exposed. Both the zippers on the pockets and the snaps on the placket are kind of small, which makes operating them a bit fiddly and time consuming, especially with gloved or cold hands. All in, I'd call this a decent compromise between looks and function.
Chic & Snuggly
This is the coat I have been looking for my entire adult life. Living in Minnesota can be brutal -- last winter I think we spent more than a month below 0 degrees. This coat is as warm as the vintage fur coat I inherited from my grandmother and it looks great. I have been reluctant to buy a "full length" down coat because everyone looks like a giant marshmallow in them. But this has a fitted line and is not bulky and truly chic. The hood is very discrete and folds down into a shawl collar so it's fully integrated and doesn't look like a giant hood has been tacked onto the back. I wear this coat in the city day in and out. And in the woods. BUT this is a stick to the trail coat. The exterior fabric is on the delicate side. i would not want to be pushing through brambles and saplings with this coat. I also really appreciate the fleece lining at the end of the sleeves and in the pockets, so this points that interact with bare skin are extra snuggly.
Best Down Coat Ever!
I've tried on a series of down coats, all of which made me look 3 sizes bigger than I am. I was a little hesitant to buy online since it's hard to tell how puffy the coat is, but when I got it in the mail I was pleasantly surprised. The down filling is nice and warm but adds very little bulk, and the shape and structure of the coat ensures you still see your figure. I am a medium on top (size 8) and a large on the bottom (size 12). I ordered the large since I knew I would probably be wearing bulky sweaters underneath. It fits great! Good amount of room and it's easy to move around - you don't feel confined or like you're a walking marshmallow like in some of the down coats I've tried. The fabric is so soft and I didn't notice any harsh smell at all. I'm so happy with it!