Versatile, Flattering and Nice LONG Sleeves
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for making the sleeves in this jacket LONG, even in size small! I am just over 5'7", about 117 lbs, small 34B and this jacket fits me very well in small and leaves plenty of room for a sweater underneath. Being slender but tall-ish with really long arms makes finding jackets and long-sleeved tops that fit right a serious challenge. Often times, once I size down enough so the overall fit isn't too big, the garment has been scaled down for much shorter woman and I end up looking like I'm wearing something made for a child. Needless to say, I was beyond thrilled to try on this jacket and find that the sleeves were the perfect length. I haven't had the opportunity to really test out the jacket in the cold and rain since it's pretty much summer weather in DC now but it seems like it'll be nice and warm in the winter. The pockets are small, as others have mentioned, but this didn't bother me too much. They do have zippers so you can secure whatever you stash in there. The outer shell is sort of looser and baggy without the down liner inside, but I can live with that. I think the only real downside for me is that I find the bottom of the jacket to actually be too A-line and so it stands out around the hem kind of in a bell shape. I think the bottom could come in a couple inches so it doesn't stand out so much and still have room to walk, plus the zipper goes both ways so you can unzip it a little from the bottom to walk anyway. Overall, I like that this jacket has a more refined, dressy and feminine look but still has the functionality and practicality of a warm down liner and waterproof shell. It's a little more expensive than I would normally spring for a jacket, but I really love that it can be worn three ways and I think it'll be well worth the money.
This jacket is a great buy! The price is a bit much, but really you're getting 3 jackets in 1. I just moved to Providence, RI from the Bay Area and needed a new winter coat that will work for New England fall, winter and spring. Providence, like NYC or Boston, has many wet/cold days, where the outer shell of this jacket will come in handy around the city. Yet the down insert will be great for drier cold days. The 600-fill will be fine here (it's Providence, not Toronto). I will be wearing the outer shell without the down insert every day this fall and spring when the temperature is not too cold yet. The fit is excellent: I am 5'5 and 130 lbs with broad-ish shoulders/bust. The small fits me great, even over a sweater, and gives me a nice feminine shape even with the down insert. Stylish enough for work meetings and city outings (doesn't scream "performance gear"). My only complaints (and why it gets 4 not 5 stars): the color options (ick) and the sleeve cuffs. The down insert snaps into the wrists of the outer layer, which is convenient but leaves the down sleeves poking out from within the outer layer. It looks sloppy at the wrist cuffs, but since the rest of the jacket is a great fit, it's not a deal breaker style-wise. This could be improved in a future design, though. I ordered the coat in the white chocolate color, which is actually lovely-looking... but completely impractical. The first day of city sleet will make it very dirty! I really, really, really don't want a brown or a black coat... bleh... but am returning the white chocolate for the black. The brown is too "milk-chocolate" colored (not dark brown enough for my taste). Would love to order this in a red or violet or green or raisin or dark blue.
A Winter Essential
I was attracted to this coat in the catalog but the multiple complaints online about sizing and sleeve length issues put me off ordering it. However I couldn't get the coat out of my head, due to the combination of appearance and performance features, so I decided to make a trip downtown to the Patagonia store to try the coat on. I am extremely glad I made that decision. There were 3 different women trying on this coat the day I was at the store and I was able to make the following observations: 1. the coat looks spectacular on taller, slimmer women with long limbs. 2. the beige color is much prettier than it looks online. More of a winter-white/vanilla than a khaki. 3. the brown color is also very attractive, like dark chocolate. 4. if you are short and busty you may have trouble finding a size that works because as you go up in sizes the arms get longer and there is more space in the shoulder/upper chest area (above the bustline). It seems the designers of this garment did not contemplate the idea of a slim-shouldered but nevertheless busty woman. A petite model in this coat would be ideal for those of us who are height-challenged and curvaceous. I went to the store thinking I would be buying an extra-large based on my measurements but I found that indeed, the sleeves were too long for my short frame, and there was too much material around the front of my shoulders. I ultimately decided to purchase the large and although it is a little bit snug on my curves and the sleeves are still a tiny bit long, I can live with it to have this great-looking coat to keep me warm and dry when facing the Pacific Northwest's wind and rain this winter.
I do not write reviews. I do not normally shop at patagonia. I have lived in Chicago for 6 years and tried to make it through the winter in a series of beautiful wool coats, and finally caved to buying something more serious. This coat not only looks absolutely great (the high collar is particularly flattering), and that's really important to me, but it has kept me super warm and safe through some of the most absolutely insane winter weather. -30 degree arctic vortex wind chill? No problem for this coat. Freezing ice-slush rain with winds that try to knock you over? No big deal. I work right next to the lake so the wind on my commute is pretty nuts, let alone the rain and snow and general insanely cold temperatures --- there hasn't been a thing this coat can't handle. I've spent more time happily tromping around out of doors this winter than ever before, which is great, because Chicago is honestly gorgeous in the winter and I'm glad I'm now equipped to handle it. I could not possibly be happier. I have tried it on without the lining and I think it's going to be a super cute raincoat for the spring and fall, and it's tailored well enough that I can wear a cute belt around the waist. I am thrilled to have combined style and functionality at last. I also travel a lot, to a number of different climates, and I can finally just take one coat everywhere. Seriously, thanks Patagonia. I'm set for life with this thing.
After a back and forth comparison between a few different brands (Patagonia, The North Face, Marmot), I was so happy to finally find the Patagonia Tres Parka. Perfect styling I was looking for. I settled on black, but also loved the slate color too. Before deciding to purchase this coat I was looking seriously at the North Face Arctic Parka. But, North Face's fit seemed to look strange and bulky, not like the images online. It was too long too hitting my knees which made me look shorter than I am and seemed difficult to move in. I wanted something light, fitted, hit the right length and still warm. Tres Parka hit all those qualifications. I got the Medium and I'm 130lb - 5' 6". It hits mid thigh. It is form fitting which at first its hard to get use too since my previous down parka fit loosely by comparison. But, it has nice lines to the design and the close fit seems to add to the warmth of the coat. I agree with other reviews about the shallow hand pockets. I didn't notice in the store, but when I started wearing it, I always felt like I wanted to stretch the pockets to make them bigger to put my hands in and hold my phone. Instead I tend to put my phone in the inside pocket. So, far that is the only minor flaw in the design. I hesitate writing this, but it sort of makes me wish for colder weather to start wearing it more.
Ready for its *Second* Winter in Boston
I received this as a gift last November (2009). It has kept me deliciously warm throughout the brutal New England winter, and I am ready to wear it again this winter! STYLE: I absolutely love that this jacket is sleek and fitted. I am 5'1" 95lbs, and most down jackets make me look like a puffball. The XS fits beautifully, even over a sweater. Lengthwise, it hits a couple of inches above the knee. In the spring, I wear the outer waterproof shell, which ends up being slightly larger, but still looks streamlined. WARMTH: I finally understand what windproof means! Gusts of icy wind pierce through my jeans, mittens, and hat, but not this jacket! The down is warm without being overly heavy. I appreciate the lined pockets and high collar, which keeps my neck and lower-half of my face warm. The detachable hood easily stays put (doesn't get blown off with the wind). DURABILITY: After wearing this every single day last winter (2009), the jacket has held up beautifully. Zippers, buttons, and fabric are all very sturdy. I have it in brown, and it still looks very clean (I've popped it in the wash twice). Occasionally, it will shed a down feather or two, but not very often. However, it does not seem to be as waterproof as it used to be. This year's (2010) model seems to have an added DWR, so perhaps that will help with keeping it waterproof.
So happy I bought this coat
I made it through 4 years of school outside Chicago without a long winter coat (at Northwestern which is right on Lake Michigan and very cold in the winter) but finally decided to buy one last year and I'm SO glad I did. I didn't want one of the puffy parkas that looks like a marshmallow because I don't really like how they look and they aren't water proof. This jacket is perfect for Chicago's unpredictable weather. I'm going into my second winter with it and can't recommend it enough. It runs a little small due to the layers so I'd recommend going a size up (I normally wear a small and I got a medium after trying it on at the store...although I'm busty so that could be a reason). Yes it sheds some but not really that much and it's mostly on sweaters. Also the arms are long but I have short arms so that's expected plus I feel like it keeps me warmer. The 3 in 1 aspect is awesome cause I've worn the layers individually when it's not super cold (like above 30 for the inner layer) and in cold rains (for the outer layer). Be forewarned this is a very warm coat so you warm up a lot once you are walking around so I'd recommend keeping it for the colder winter days (like 30 and below).
I bought this coat last fall - on sale (20 or 30% off). Even so, seems like the price has gone up this year, so hopefully they improved it. I was extremely happy with how the coat kept me warm for walking the dog last winter. It's also much more flattering than just a down coat and I wore it to some work events. Ideally it would be offered in more colors in the future. I'm 5'8" and busty and recommend a large. The waterproofing is also good. My main complaints are 4:
1. The zipper seam on my left outer pocket (and I'm right-handed) has ripped/come apart so I can no longer use it.
2. The tab has come unsewn on one arm so that the down and the outer sleeve can't be attached to each other any more.
3. Compared to the quality of the coat, the zippers are small and cheap feeling. Not to mention when you're wearing mittens/gloves it's nice to have a substantial zipper.
4. Like other reviewers I sometimes find it annoying that the down sleeves come much farther out than the outer sleeves over my wrists. It feels sloppy. So overall - I'm a little apprehensive about what other things are going to come apart or unsewn at the seams this winter, but overall I've been very happy with the coat and would recommend it.
I Dreamt of this Jacket and TA-DA!
This is seriously the MOST perfect jacket I've ever, ever owned. No joke, I dreamed about a perfect jacket and then I opened up my Patagonia catalog and... ta-da! There it was! I immediately went to Patagonia and bought it. :) I'm so happy. It's worth every penny. It's a bit pricey, but you've got to understand, you're really getting THREE jackets (hence the name). I'm 5'3" and slender/athletic-build and I'm normally a small, but with this jacket I'm a medium. I tried it on with a fleece underneath and you do want more room with this so you can wear bulky sweaters, etc. underneath it. The length is PERFECT! It's so flattering and so cozy with the lining in it. The lining is all the way down the arms and they have these handy little snaps at the cuffs that hold it in so it doesn't bunch up when you take it off. If you want to wear just the lining alone, that's fine since it's so fashionable and cute! This jacket has everything you'd want: waterproof, detachable hood, zipper outside hand pockets, inside zipper pocket, the lining has zipper hand pockets, removable lining, flattering and stylish cut and of course, Patagonia's unfaltering quality that makes it worth every single penny. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Good all purpose coat for city and weekends
I bought this coat because it looked presentable enough to wear in the city with business clothes but also practical and flexible enough for weekends. It does the job well. What I like: Nicely finished without the tough looking details that make most parkas too casual for over office wear. Inside chest pocket (ALL womens coats should have them). Clever zip out liner arrangement makes both liner and shell actually usable. Double flap covers zipper to keep out rain and drafts, with placket covering snaps so it looks neat. Seems plenty warm, although temps here haven't dropped below forty yet so can't say for sure. Hood has toggles to snug it but they're nicely hidden. Things I don't like. Long, long sleeves--I would like have them altered, but it looks impossible with this coat. Shallow exterior pockets. Hood is uninsulated. For sizing reference, I'm 5'3", a medium according to the Patagonia size charts and usually wear a size 8 or 6, rather busty, and typically find that petite sizes are too short in the body while regular sizes fit in the body but are usually slightly too long in the arms. A medium in this coat fits correctly in the body but is at least four to five inches too long in the arms.