Down parkasParkas - Down Jackets, Winter Coats for Cold Weather - Extreme cold weather coat, the outer shell layer

There's no such thing as bad weather - only the wrong clothes.

The shell layer takes the direct battering from the elements. It should be at least windproof and preferably waterproof too (but see below in very cold temperatures). Antarctica is the windiest place on earth, so don't skimp on this or imagine that you can get by with an outer garment that is "pretty windproof". Antarctica does proper wind. Proper biting - gets through every nook and cranny - straight to the bones - wind.

Some garments such as duvet puffa-style jackets have a wind-proof outer nylon layer but are not waterproof. This has the advantage of making the garment softer, more pliable and comfortable and of also keeping the cost down. Water-resistant or water-repellent are fine if you will not use the garment in extended wet conditions or and will have the opportunity to dry it out between uses. In very cold conditions, waterproof is not necessary as there's not a lot of liquid water about!

500 / 600 / 700 fill down? The number is a measure of  "fill power". This measures the amount of space taken up by one ounce of down. Take one ounce of down, compress it and then release it - on release the down will expand and fill up a volume, this  volume in cubic inches is the down's "fill power". The higher the number, the higher the quality of the down - generally. This fill power is what gives the down its insulating properties.

  • Gore-Tex or similar, breathable waterproof outer shell jacket:  Men's  Women's

  • 3-in-1 Jackets, a windproof and often waterproof outer shell with a separate insulating inner jacket, worn separately or together:  Men's   Women's

Parkas for Men - Down Jackets
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Canada Goose Citadel Down Parka - Men's Black
$999.95


Canada Goose Polar Bears International Expedition Down Parka - Men's PBI Blue
$974.95


RVCA Brute Down Parka - Men's Black
On sale - now $97.47 - was $194.95


Men's Canada Goose 'Banff' Slim Fit Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim
On sale - now $950 - was $950


Canada Goose Banff Down Parka - Men's Black
$949.95


Men's Canada Goose 'Carson' Slim Fit Hooded Packable Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Men's Canada Goose 'Carson' Slim Fit Hooded Packable Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Black
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Men's Canada Goose 'Langford' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Men's Canada Goose 'Langford' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Blue
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Men's Canada Goose 'Langford' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Green
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Canada Goose Carson Down Parka - Men's Black
$899.95


Canada Goose Chateau Down Parka - Men's Black
$899.95


Canada Goose Langford Down Parka - Men's Black
$899.95


Marc New York by Andrew Marc - Blizzard Down Filled Parka w/ Inset Fleece Bib (Ink) Men's Coat
On sale - now $89.99 - was $150


Men's Canada Goose 'MacMillan' Slim Fit Hooded Parka
On sale - now $800 - was $800


Men's Canada Goose 'Selkirk' Slim Fit Water Resistant Down Parka with Detachable Hood
On sale - now $800 - was $800


Canada Goose Macmillan Down Parka - Men's Black
$799.95


Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Down Parka - Men's Shark/Black
$799.95


Fjallraven Men's Kyl Parka
$799.95


Mountain Hardwear Men's Absolute Zero Parka
$799.95


Men's Tumi 'Fully Loaded' Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim
On sale - now $795 - was $795


Men's Duvetica Down Parka with Genuine Raccoon Fur Trim
On sale - now $789.98 - was $1320


Marc New York by Andrew Marc - Niagra Down Filled Oxford Twill Parka w/ Faux Fur Trimmed Removable Hood (Black) Men's Coat
On sale - now $77.99 - was $195


Duvetica Men's Ennon Down Parka
On sale - now $767.99 - was $1397.5


Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber Down Parka - Men's Black
$749.95


Marc New York by Andrew Marc - Blizzard Down Filled Parka w/ Inset Fleece Bib (Black) Men's Coat
On sale - now $74.99 - was $150


Filson Men's Down Cruiser Parka
$695


Hagl Floda II Down Parka - Men's True Black
On sale - now $682.46 - was $909.95


Arcteryx Men's Camosun Parka
$674.95


Marmot Men's 8000M Parka Jacket
On sale - now $599.96 - was $749.95

Parkas for Women - Down Jackets
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Canada Goose Expedition Down Parka - Women's Black
$999.95


Khombu - Down Parka (Tawny Port) Women's Coat
On sale - now $99.99 - was $280


MICHAEL Michael Kors - Down Parka w/ Faux Fur Trim (Black) Women's Coat
On sale - now $99.99 - was $248


Women's Canada Goose 'Mystique' Regular Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim
On sale - now $950 - was $950


Canada Goose Dawson Down Parka - Women's Black
$949.95


Canada Goose Mystique Down Parka - Women's Black
$949.95


Khombu - Parka Jacket (Tawny Port) Women's Coat
On sale - now $91.99 - was $380


Women's Canada Goose 'Kensington' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Women's Canada Goose 'Kensington' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Black
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Women's Canada Goose 'Kensington' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Blue
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Women's Canada Goose 'Kensington' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Red
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Women's Canada Goose 'Shelburne' Slim Fit Genuine Coyote Fur Trim Down Parka
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Women's Canada Goose 'Shelburne' Slim Fit Genuine Coyote Fur Trim Down Parka, Black
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Women's Canada Goose 'Trillium' Regular Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Women's Canada Goose 'Trillium' Regular Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Black
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Women's Canada Goose 'Trillium' Regular Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Blue
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Women's Canada Goose 'Trillium' Regular Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Green
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Women's Canada Goose 'Trillium' Regular Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Red
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Women's Canada Goose 'Trillium' Regular Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, White
On sale - now $900 - was $900


Canada Goose Shelburne Down Parka - Women's Black
$899.95


Canada Goose Trillium Down Parka - Women's Black
$899.95


UBER White Heat Down Parka - Women's Dark Grey
On sale - now $879.96 - was $1099.95


Vans - Seneca Parka (Honey Gold) Women's Coat
On sale - now $87.99 - was $160


Women's Canada Goose 'Solaris' Regular Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur
On sale - now $850 - was $850


Women's Canada Goose 'Victoria' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim
On sale - now $850 - was $850


Women's Canada Goose 'Victoria' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Black
$850


Women's Canada Goose 'Victoria' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Black
On sale - now $850 - was $850


Women's Canada Goose 'Victoria' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Grey
On sale - now $850 - was $850


Khombu - Down Parka (Ivy Green) Women's Coat
On sale - now $84.99 - was $280


Women's Canada Goose 'Chelsea' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim
On sale - now $800 - was $800

 
 dressed for the cold, there should be no cold-spots, there should be no way you can move around (fairly normally) and expose flesh or just a single layer at the wrists, neck or midriff. The outer layer should be just that, the outer layer at ALL times, don't try to use an inner jacket/layer as the outside one, you'll be far too cold by the time you realise it's not working very well.