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A Complete Review of the Banff Parka by Canada Goose
Is the Banff Parka the best city winter jacket?
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
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
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
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
Little heavy with the hood on?
Walking down the street
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 great outdoor parka would be either the Constable (which is also an urban style) or the Expedition Parka.
© 2013 David Trujillo Uribe