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


Marc New York by Andrew Marc - Niagra Down Filled Oxford Twill Parka w/ Faux Fur Trimmed Removable Hood (Steel) Men's Coat
On sale - now $97.99 - was $195


Canada Goose Citadel Down Parka - Men's Black
$924.95


Hagl Floda II Down Parka - Men's True Black
$909.95


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 'Banff' Slim Fit Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim
$845


Canada Goose Banff Down Parka - Men's Black
$844.95


Men's Canada Goose 'Carson' Slim Fit Hooded Packable Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim
$825


Men's Canada Goose 'Carson' Slim Fit Hooded Packable Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Black
$825


Men's Canada Goose 'Langford' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Black
$825


Men's Canada Goose 'Langford' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Green
$825


Canada Goose Carson Down Parka - Men's Black
$824.95


Canada Goose Chateau Down Parka - Men's Black
$824.95


Canada Goose Langford Down Parka - Men's Black
$824.95


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
$795


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


Khombu - Parka Jacket (Cashew) Men's Coat
On sale - now $75.99 - was $380


Marmot Men's 8000M Parka Jacket
$749.95


Men's Canada Goose 'MacMillan' Slim Fit Hooded Parka
$745


Men's Canada Goose 'Selkirk' Slim Fit Water Resistant Down Parka with Detachable Hood
$745


Canada Goose Macmillan Down Parka - Men's Black
$744.95


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


Men's Filson 'Cruiser' Coated Down Parka
$695


Arcteryx Men's Camosun Parka
$674.95


Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber Down Parka - Men's Black
$644.95


Hagl Siljan Parka - Men's Blue Ink Melange
$599.95


Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Down Parka - Men's Shark/Black
On sale - now $581.24 - was $799.95

Parkas for Women - Down Jackets
See more Women's Winter Parkas



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


Khombu - Parka Jacket (Glacier Grey) Women's Coat
On sale - now $94.99 - was $380


Khombu - Parka Jacket (Tawny Port) Women's Coat
On sale - now $94.99 - was $380


Women's Canada Goose 'Expedition' Relaxed Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur
$925


Women's Canada Goose 'Expedition' Relaxed Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur, Red
$925


Canada Goose Expedition Down Parka - Women's Black
$924.95


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 'Mystique' Regular Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim
$845


Canada Goose Dawson Down Parka - Women's Black
$844.95


Canada Goose Mystique Down Parka - Women's Black
$844.95


Women's Canada Goose 'Kensington' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Black
$775


Women's Canada Goose 'Kensington' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Blue
$775


Women's Canada Goose 'Kensington' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Grey
$775


Women's Canada Goose 'Shelburne' Slim Fit Genuine Coyote Fur Trim Down Parka
$775


Canada Goose Shelburne Down Parka - Women's Black
$774.95


Fjallraven Kyla Down Parka - Women's Black
$749.95


Fjallraven Women's Kyla Parka
$749.95


Women's Canada Goose 'Montebello' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim
$745


Women's Canada Goose 'Montebello' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Black
$745


Women's Canada Goose 'Montebello' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Red
$745


Women's Canada Goose 'Solaris' Regular Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur
$745


Women's Canada Goose 'Solaris' Regular Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur,
$745


Women's Canada Goose 'Victoria' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Black
$745


Women's Canada Goose 'Victoria' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Blue
$745


Women's Canada Goose 'Victoria' Slim Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Grey
$745


Women's Canada Goose 'Trillium' Regular Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim
$745


Women's Canada Goose 'Trillium' Regular Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Black
$745


Women's Canada Goose 'Trillium' Regular Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Blue
$745


Women's Canada Goose 'Trillium' Regular Fit Down Parka with Genuine Coyote Fur Trim, Green
$745

 
 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.