People living in sub-zero temperatures or the coldest places on earth know that the right type of clothing is essential for going about their daily routine. This is also true for people who take on expeditions that involve trekking through harsh snowdrifts or blizzards in the most extreme situations. One of the warmest jackets available for the coldest temperatures on earth is the Canadian Goose Expedition Parka, which can protect you under -30 °C and below, and according to their website, was designed for scientists in Antarctica. So this alone should tell you that the manufacturers are serious about this product.
This is one of the most top-of-the-line parkas that are available on the market and offers great versatility and breathability. It provides excellent protection and great features. This is a bulky parka is full of 625 fill power white duck down, which is proven to be one of the world’s best natural insulators. Down feathers are supposed to trap the heat in and are lightweight, and this is own of the main reasons they are a popular material to use in jackets and winter wear. The Expedition is very durable, is water and wind resistant and is available in 5 colors (in black, graphite, military green, red and navy).
In this review, we will look at the Canada Goose Expedition Parka’s features such as weather protection, durability, comfort and breathability among other things.
The Expedition has been around for a long time (the website says that it’s been more than 20 years since the parka came into existence) and it has been proven time and again that it is one of the warmest jackets that you will ever encounter. The jacket is full of 625 fill power white duck down and has been known to withstand temperatures as low as -49 °C.
But on the downside, if you plan to do extraneous activities while wearing this coat, it might get too warm, too quickly. So wearers should remember that this parka is designed for extreme cold, if they are looking for something to wear in low to moderate cold, this could be too warm for them. Canada Goose uses a Thermal Experience Index (TEI) to show just how warm their jackets are. The Expedition falls in the 5th category, which says that it has been field tested for the coldest places on earth.
The Expedition is available in what Canada Goose explains as “Relaxed Fit” and something they call “Fusion Fit” which is based on body measurements taken from over 16,000 individuals to fit the Japanese, Chinese or Korean body type. The former fit is designed for most other body types. Both of these fits are available in a mid-thigh length. The Fusion Fit is available in 7 colors, namely black, graphite, navy, Admiral Blue, red, military green and abstract blue camo. It is also sold separately in a classic camo coastal grey color.
Canada Goose uses something called the Arctic-Tech for the outer material of the jacket since its main ingredient is duck down (filled to the gills!). This is a material made up of 85% polyester and 15% cotton and is designed to keep the wearer warm. The fabric is coated with Teflon to keep it as water-resistant as possible and also as a protection against very strong winds.
One downside of using such warm materials is that the wearer would start feeling warm as soon as the coat was put on and unless they are out in extreme weather conditions they will start sweating during physical activity. So don’t expect to jog in this jacket!
The Expedition is a heavy parka so some might find it cumbersome to move around while wearing it, but it was designed for scientists in Antarctica. Apart from the down, the hood has a removable fur ruff that is made of coyote fur. So bending, sitting or other moments might be a little awkward for some. On the plus side, this is an extremely comfortable jacket that will make you want to doze off.
It has large zippers, which means you can use them even while wearing gloves and it is easy to operate. This is intended to be a snug jacket and it does its job very well.
Weight and Packability
We cannot stress enough that this jacket is designed for the harshest of winters and hence, weighs an appropriate 82.4 ounces, which makes it a hefty 5.5 pounds or approximately 2.3 kg. So, naturally, this would not be the jacket of your choice if you are heading for places with moderate climates. Canada Goose does not mention anywhere on their website that this is a comfortable-carry jacket.
The company says that they pay a lot of attention and time to each product’s quality and craftsmanship and says that all their products are warranted against material or craftsmen defects for life. You can read all about their warranty policy here.
The Expedition features a total of 11 pockets which most users may find excessive. There are pockets on both sleeves, pockets with top flaps and Velcro enclosures, zipper enclosures. There are two interior pockets; one of which is a drop-in pocket and the other a security pocket.
As we said, the hood of the Expedition is lined with real coyote fur which protects the face from frostbite and has a three-way drawcord to provide extra protection to the face. Completely cinched up, the hood gives you a feeling of immediate warmth and comfort.
The Canada Goose Expedition Parka is an expensive jacket. But considering the materials used in its construction, this jacket should last the buyer for many winters. So if you think of it as a long-term investment, meaning you won’t have to buy another outer shell for a long time, this jacket makes sense.
The Canada Goose Expedition Parka is one of the heaviest jackets available on the market. If you live in cold to very cold environments and spend a lot of outdoor time in that weather, this jacket is a great choice. This jacket will keep you super warm and comfortable, regardless of how cold it is outside.