With the minute, it’s a product that’s dividing opinion.
As idolized since it is hated, you have to have seen a certain amount of it everywhere, for the great displeasure of the many critics, who feel that in France, Canada Goose is the new Moncler in a negative sense.
But on the other side of your fence, there are numerous fans who, for love nor money, would not spend a winter without their Canada Goose clothing (and who I think have only recently joined the club ).
Important: I lived in Montreal from the end of August 2012 to June 2013, therefore i wore my Canada Goose Sale in several conditions (from nearly -20°C with wind, around 8°C when I returned to France for 3 weeks), so I think We have a rather extensive, clear view on the standard of the item.
So, being a lover of men’s fashion, beautiful materials and good fitting clothing: what exactly do I think about bulky parka?
But before I report back to you, I’d like to take a moment to take into account Canada Goose’s brand image, which can be rather ambiguous…
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Ah…the price. This is actually the flag the critics of Canada Goose proudly wave. For many haters (and trust me you will find lots) you’re a sucker once you get a Canada Goose because:
The truth is, everything could be better inside an ideal world if Canada Goose wasn’t so expensive, as even the biggest haters are unanimous over the quality of the pieces.
Considering the caliber of the product, you receive a lot for your investment. I’ve looked and honestly, you cannot find anything cheaper with the exact same quality (warning, my criteria failed to just boil as a result of ‘it has to keep me warm’, I’ll come back to that the bit afterwards).
People often speak with me about North Face, which surprises me each and every time. Since if there’s a very expensive brand, it’s that. Honestly, to cover nearly 450 dollars for a 100% synthetic parka (fur and down), produced in China, now that’s VERY expensive for what it is. Read more about synthetic vs down insulation here
After which there’s one factor that’s never considered from the critics: the cut.
Because it needs to be noted that it’s hard to find parkas cut and also a number of the Canada Goose designs. I’ve rightly said some designs, since there are some which make you peer such as a walking refrigerator.
walking refrigeratorSnow Mantra, 1200 Canadian dollars. It’s the warmest design, guaranteed to make you stay warm as low as -60°. It’s made use of by Alaskan miners and those that operate in the oil industry in far-flung icy parts of the world. There’s even a strap in the shoulder that can help you save in desperate situations. You won’t look anything special using this lying on your back, but at the very least you’ll stay alive.
military inspirationBanff, by far the most modified design of the emblem, by using a nice enough military inspiration. It’s only flaw? No pockets and also hardwearing . hands warm: it’s inside your interest to possess some gloves!
Being a side note, when you’ve spent the past five years looking to get the best cut pieces of clothing for your personal figure, it’s a weighty argument. Nevertheless I completely understand that it’s possibly not the situation for everybody. Inside my case, I simply can’t overlook it.
‘Yes, but you’re investing in a brand name!’
I’ll be truthful along, that’s a few things i thought in the first place, nevertheless it isn’t the truth.
Really, not at all. By way of example, Quartz Nature is really a lesser known Quebec brand which has exactly the same prices as Canada Goose. Likewise, Kanuk, which happens to be 100% a Quebec brand (the workshop is simply next door to my house) is more expensive than Canada Goose, with prices easily exceeding the 800 dollar mark!
KanukA Quartz Nature parka, 620 dollars, by using a quality that’s comparable to Canada Goose, but with a totally different brand identity for Quebecers, because the products come in Quebec (french-speaking). As well as at that price, nobody dares to advise that you’re only purchasing a brand…
So just why these prices? The fur which you see around the hoods is expensive. As being a point of interest, Kanuk sells interchangeable furs for your hoods for between 200 and 300 dollars. And then there are no secrets: for the piece that’s not made in China, with down and quality finish, you quickly achieve the 500/600 dollar cost, or more. It’s the true importance of things.
Kanuk (The greatest Quebec coat brand, but which costs lots of money and is directed at a rather older audience) has this fur strip which alone costs…270 dollars!
I’ve gone off with a slight tangent, however it seemed necessary because, in my view, Canada Goose is a brand that is certainly unfairly stigmatized.
Right, so what’s it really like wearing a Canada Goose parka every day?
There’s no part of drawing out the suspense: in the winter months conditions of Montreal, it’s spectacular.
I am just not surprised that this brand is provided to workers in a few governmental bodies, because you obtain the feeling that its design is the effect of a hellish experience with the cold.
For me, there are numerous brilliantly thought through details. That goes in the wire around the hood towards the thick, robust zipper (a detail sometimes missing from North Face designs, hello for the uphill battle when you’ve got gloves on) to the two pairs of pockets for your hands lined completely with fleece, without forgetting the thick fleecey chin-protector.
And does it really make you stay warm?
Completely. It’s as if you’ll never feel the cold again. Even that slight morning freshness, or when you’re waiting for the bus, or when you walk home following a winter’s particular date, you happen to be never cold. I can’t remember being cold once this winter. The safety against the wind is exceptional. One weekend, I had been at the carnival in Quebec, which is to mention spending six hours outside by using a temperature that’s approaching the -20°s, although with some wind (I do not know how much this g0ose how the temperature feels, but say no less than an additional -10°) and it should be noted that you’re protected perfectly in the cold. Even at -20°. Even the duration of the zipper is protected, which means the wind just never gets near to the inside of your parka.
What’s more, the hood is super well made, and even if you don’t put it up, it protects your ears. Basically this hood that protects your mind perfectly from high winds is really great, really effective.
However, these aren’t the garments to get a sustained sporting activity. If you’re skiing at -15° and it’s windy, you’re definitely going to sweat. Originally, Canada Goose Jacket Sale were created for workers doing plenty of standing around (which explains why bouncers love the company). Extreme mountain climbers tend to choose brands like PHD, with equally impressive technical features. The Wiggy brand has some completely fire-proof parkas…
Nonetheless we’re still lightyears far from a Wooyoungmi coat owning an absolutely perfect cut. But having tried out a number of, Canada Goose is among those rare parka brands to care about the cut of a selection of their designs. And So I was surprised to find that this shoulders of Banff, Chateau, Ontario and Citadel designs (one of the most ‘tight-fitting’ designs, all things relative) have already been handled and they are relatively high. If chosen well to your size, the parka doesn’t hang off your shoulders, it’s tidy and neat.
Finally, and that i was surprised, it is usually the case with the most urban pieces which a size S is actually a ‘true S’. Similarly, Canada Goose even does a size XS which happens to be good to know.