At the minute, it’s a brand that’s dividing opinion.
As idolized since it is hated, you must have seen a little bit of it everywhere, for the great displeasure from the many critics, who think that in France, Canada Goose will be the new Moncler inside a negative sense.
But on the reverse side of your fence, there are several fans who, for love nor money, would not spend a winter without their Canada Goose clothing (and who I think only have recently joined the club ).
Important: I lived in Montreal from the end of August 2012 to June 2013, and so i wore my Canada Goose Sale in different conditions (from nearly -20°C with wind, approximately 8°C after i returned to France for 3 weeks), and so i think I actually have a reasonably extensive, clear view on the caliber of the product.
So, as being a lover of men’s fashion, beautiful materials and good fitting clothing: what exactly do I consider a bulky parka?
But before I report back, I’d love to take the opportunity to take into consideration Canada Goose’s brand image, which is rather ambiguous…
Hate it or adore it – 50 Cents feat. This Game
Ah…the price. This is basically the flag the critics of Canada Goose proudly wave. For almost all haters (and trust me there are lots) you’re a sucker if you invest in a Canada Goose because:
In fact, everything can be better in an ideal world if Canada Goose wasn’t so expensive, as even the biggest haters are unanimous over the caliber of the pieces.
Considering the grade of this product, you get a lot for the money. I’ve looked and honestly, you are unable to find anything cheaper using the same quality (warning, my criteria did not just boil to ‘it has got to keep me warm’, I’ll get back to that the bit down the road).
People often talk to me about North Face, which surprises me every time. Since if there’s an extremely expensive brand, it’s that. Honestly, to spend nearly 450 dollars to get a 100% synthetic parka (fur and down), produced in China, now that’s VERY expensive for what exactly it is. Find out more about synthetic vs down insulation here
And then there’s one factor that’s never taken into account with the critics: the cut.
Because it must be noted that it’s hard to find parkas cut as well as some of the Canada Goose designs. I’ve rightly said some designs, as there are some that can make you peer such as a walking refrigerator.
walking refrigeratorSnow Mantra, 1200 Canadian dollars. It’s the warmest design, certain to help you stay warm as little as -60°. It’s employed by Alaskan miners and those who operate in the oil industry in far-flung icy parts around the globe. There’s also a strap on the shoulder that can help you save in desperate situations. You won’t look anything special with this particular on your back, but no less than you’ll stay alive.
military inspirationBanff, the most modified style of the brand, using a nice enough military inspiration. It’s only flaw? No pockets and also hardwearing . hands warm: it’s in your interest to get some gloves!
As a side note, when you’ve spent the last five years looking for the best cut items of clothing for your figure, it’s a weighty argument. Nevertheless I completely understand that it’s not necessarily the situation for anyone. Inside my case, I simply can’t overlook it.
‘Yes, but you’re paying for a brand!’
I’ll tell the truth along with you, that’s the things i thought in the first place, nevertheless it isn’t the way it is.
Really, not at all. For example, Quartz Nature can be a lesser known Quebec brand which has exactly the same prices as Canada Goose. Likewise, Kanuk, that is 100% a Quebec brand (the workshop is just next door to my house) is much more expensive than Canada Goose, with prices easily exceeding the 800 dollar mark!
KanukA Quartz Nature parka, 620 dollars, with a quality that’s equal to Canada Goose, though with a totally different brand identity for Quebecers, for the reason that products come in Quebec (french-speaking). And even at that price, nobody dares to suggest that you’re only investing in a brand…
So just why these prices? The fur that you simply see in the hoods is costly. 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: to get a piece that’s not produced in China, with down and quality finish, you quickly achieve the 500/600 dollar cost, or maybe more. It’s the true price of things.
Kanuk (The best Quebec coat brand, but which costs a fortune which is geared towards a somewhat older audience) has this fur strip which alone costs…270 dollars!
I’ve gone off on a slight tangent, however it seemed necessary because, for me, Canada Goose is a brand that is unfairly stigmatized.
Right, so what’s it really like wearing a Canada Goose parka every day?
There’s no point in drawing out your suspense: in the winter conditions of Montreal, it’s spectacular.
I am just not surprised that the brand is provided to workers in a few governmental bodies, as you receive the feeling that its design is the result of a hellish experience of the cold.
For me personally, there are numerous brilliantly thought through details. That goes from your wire round the hood on the thick, robust zipper (a detail sometimes missing from North Face designs, hello towards the uphill battle when you’ve got gloves on) towards the two pairs of pockets to your hands lined completely with fleece, without forgetting the thick fleecey chin-protector.
And can it really help keep you warm?
Completely. It’s as though you’ll never experience the cold again. Even that slight morning freshness, or when you’re waiting for the bus, or once you walk home after having a winter’s evening out, you are never cold. I can’t remember being cold once this winter. The safety against the wind is exceptional. One weekend, I used to be at the carnival in Quebec, that is certainly to express spending 6 hours outside by using a temperature that’s approaching the -20°s, however with some wind (I do not know exactly how much this g0ose how the temperature feels, but say at the very least an additional -10°) and it needs to be noted that you’re protected perfectly from the cold. Even at -20°. Even the size of the zipper remains safe and secure, which means the wind just never gets near the inside of your parka.
What’s more, the hood is super well-made, and although you may don’t input it up, it protects your ears. Basically this hood that protects your head perfectly from high winds is really great, really effective.
On the other hand, these aren’t the garments for the sustained sporting activity. If you’re skiing at -15° and it’s windy, you’re bound to sweat. Originally, Canada Goose Jacket Sale are intended for workers doing plenty of standing around (which explains why bouncers love the emblem). 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 from a Wooyoungmi coat getting an absolutely perfect cut. But having tested several, Canada Goose is one of those rare parka brands to worry about the cut of some of their designs. And So I was surprised to locate that this shoulders of Banff, Chateau, Ontario and Citadel designs (the most ‘tight-fitting’ designs, all things relative) are already worked on and therefore are relatively high. If chosen well for your size, the parka doesn’t hang off your shoulders, it’s tidy and neat.
Finally, and that i was surprised, it is always the truth together with the most urban pieces that the size S is actually a ‘true S’. Similarly, Canada Goose even does a size XS which can be good to know.