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A Complete Review of the Banff Parka by Canada Goose

Updated on December 31, 2013

Is the Banff Parka the best city winter jacket?

5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Banff Parka

Warmth – Perfect for outdoors, But too hot for indoors

For starters, this is an extreme weather parka right for temperatures down to -25°, so you buy it knowing it will be only used in really cold locations. The thing is that in a city you are almost never completely outdoors. You are in the car, the bus, the office, inside the house or in the market. The extra activity plus the warmth in all of those places make the Banff an extra warm jacket for the city.

It is great for the country side though if you and if you are a chill-out type of person. For city dwellers Canada Goose offers more slimmer, non-fur hood options that are just as popular as the Banff Parka.

Man wearing Banff Parka

Stylish looking, specially if you like scarves and sunglasses. Style is the key here
Stylish looking, specially if you like scarves and sunglasses. Style is the key here

Quick video review of the Banff Parka

Banff Parka with all its colors

Style – Buttons are a burden here

Canada Goose is very clear about it, this is a stylish jacket for extreme cold weather. You wear the Banff to look formal instead of something like the Mantra where the looks don´t matter. The issue comes with the buttons.

The Banff Parka comes with buttons along the storm-flap and on the side pockets. They look great. In fact, they are what make the Banff such a stylish parka. But when it comes to practicality buttons can be very annoying. You got a warm parka which probably is going on and off several times a day.

On when you step outside, off when you step inside.

Unbuttoning every time you move through different environments is annoying. And that goes for the pockets as well. Some have suggested leaving the parka unbuttoned, but then the organized look it you liked it for goes away.

This is something you don´t think about in the store, you buy it, and once you are out there you might be too late to return it.

Unbuttoned Banff Parka

This is how the Banff Parka would look like unbuttoned
This is how the Banff Parka would look like unbuttoned

You better like scarves, you´ll need one

The collar from the Banff Parka does not zip-up like other jackets. If you just look at the picture, this baby is meant to be worn with a scarf. Without the scarf you might get the chills outside. The whole point of this parka is warmth and formal style, zippers don´t fit here.

Get a matching scarf with the Banff and you will love it.

No zip-up Collar on the Banff Parka

This is how the neck of the Banff Parka looks like. Stylish looking but it leaves your neck bare, cover it with a scarf or underneath wear a turtle neck.
This is how the neck of the Banff Parka looks like. Stylish looking but it leaves your neck bare, cover it with a scarf or underneath wear a turtle neck.

Tight and slightly heavy

This is a slim fit parka, which means things are going to get tight in there. A little restrictive if you were expecting to flap your arms around like a bird, but this can be solved by getting one size larger than your usual parka size, which you should strongly consider.

The parka is also a bit heavy. Something completely normal taking into account this is an extreme weather jacket filled with white duck down.

Check out Andrew Garfield, from the "Amazing Spiderman" movie wearing a Banff Parka on the set of the second part of the movie. This is New york, February 2013.

Video Review - Check out the Sizing tips at the end

Spiderman with hood off

Photos taken from the latest Spiderman movie set in new York. Looks comfortable enough on movie stars.
Photos taken from the latest Spiderman movie set in new York. Looks comfortable enough on movie stars.

Little heavy with the hood on?

Here is spiderman with the hood on. It looks bulky but protective from the elements.
Here is spiderman with the hood on. It looks bulky but protective from the elements.

Walking down the street

Comfortable for walking during cold winter days. There are other options if the fur hood is  not so appealing.
Comfortable for walking during cold winter days. There are other options if the fur hood is not so appealing.

Is the Banff Parka a good winter jacket?

The Banff Parka is a great jacket. It may be too warm and restrictive for city dwellers, but that depends on which city we are talking about. It is neither completely made for outdoors. I would say this is a jacket for lay back people that won´t move around so much around the city and want to look very formal, with a scarf.

A better choice for the city would be the Burnett Parka.

A great outdoor parka would be either the Constable (which is also an urban style) or the Expedition Parka.

© 2013 David Trujillo Uribe

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Good information, except of course for price! Your pictures really show off the jacket and it sounds like a good 'city' jacket.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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