Monday, December 26, 2011

Patagonia Downtown Loft Parka Review

  As most of you already know, I am not a fan of winter.  For years I have been in a cantankerous mood starting after Thanksgiving and ending only when the flowers start to show in the spring.  After testing out this coat, it occurred to me that I was cold. This sounds outrageously silly but I had been thinking that being uncomfortable was just part of winter.  Epiphany: It doesn't have to be that way.  Now when I go out and its stupid cold, I can focus on having fun.

  Do I feel like I look like a stereotypical grandmother should?   Yes I do.  Do I care?  No, I don't.  A grandmother in her advanced age would have acquired knowledge and wisdom over the years and she would have learned that being comfortable and happy should trump fashion. every. time.  I am at a point in my being that I am comfortable in my own skin from the inside out and now its time to address the outside in and this coat keeps me toasty warm which makes me happy.  Besides, maybe now is the time that the younger ladies stereotype should  be synonymous with comfort.

  Pockets also make me happy!  Besides the two zippered pockets on the outside for your hands there is an inner pocket on the right hand side that is big enough for a wallet or cell phone.

  The Parka has a slim fit design and  is quite thin.  You would think that it is bulky but in fact it is very light and my knees stay warm.  How novel is that! You don't see long coats very often anymore and with  tight fitting clothes being en vogue,  I have an inkling that most women are cold in the winter in the name of fashion.  It is not fashionable to be miserable.

   The Downtown Loft Parka has  800 fill-power-premium European goose down to insulate in minus temps.  I wonder what makes a power premium goose??  Whatever they do, it works for me.  A shawl collar transforms into a hood for head protection and also sports a two way full length zipper that has a snap wind flap.

The fabric is a DWR or Durable Water Resistant material.  I have worn it in a drizzle as well as snow and the water slid off like on a gooses back....I stay warm and dry.  It comes in three colors, Black, Prussian Blue, and Forge Grey.  They are priced at $349.00

  Is it really expensive? Yes, but in hindsight, which is one of the stellar perks of being a reviewer, I get to test it out and know what I was missing and then put worth on that price based on need.  I don't have to make this huge gamble.  So knowing what I know now and being a general hater of most things winter I would recommend that the price is worth being warm and this coat does a stellar job of keeping me warm.

  Now granted, there is more to staying warm than just a coat.  I also wear some kind of boots or thicker soled shoes(zero drop) with wool socks to keep the cold from attacking my feet.  I also wear a hat to keep the cold from launching an assault from the top down.  Also always have gloves in the pockets of your super warm coat is a necessity.

 If you are looking for a coat to keep you warm in the winter months I recommend the Patagonia Downtown Loft Parka.  If you are not sure, check out some of the other Pategonia Down Coats.  If they are like the Downtown Loft Parka, I think you will be happy with it!

Cheers and Happy Shopping,
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