Canada Goose Parka Jackets Review – Is It Worth It?

Canada Goose Parka Jackets Review – Is It Worth It?

Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette in
our series is it worth it? Today, we discuss Canada Goose jackets and
if you’ve missed it, we also did one on Moncler jackets which you can check it out right here. In recent years, Canada Goose was transitioned
from a smaller brand focusing on functional wear to a very stylish brand that became extremely
popular. As a consequence, their flagship jacket which
I’m wearing here right now costs around $1000 and so we want to know, is it really worth
that money and how does it compare to other well-known jackets such as the Moncler ones? So before we talk about the jacket and its
features, let’s look at the brand Canada Goose. Just like many others, it started out as a
very functional brand for outdoor gear. It was founded by the Polish immigrant Sam
Tick in 1957. Interestingly, it was not named Canada Goose
but Metro Sportswear. They started producing down jackets in the
1970s but they were primarily focused on jackets for rangers and the police. By 1985, they decided to produce jackets under
their own brand which at the time was called Snow Goose, not Canada goose. At the time, they also manufactured private
label jackets for companies like LL Bean or Eddie Bauer. They were growing slowly and in the early
90s, they expanded to Europe. Unfortunately, someone else was already using
the term Snow Goose so they switched their branding to Canada goose. Even though they were forced to change the
name, it proved beneficial because of the positive association with really cold Canadian
climate. In 2001, Dani Reiss took over as a CEO from
his father at Canada Goose. At the time, a lot of companies were still
shifting production overseas but he said “no we’re gonna produce in Canada”. At the same time, he began pushing the products
internationally and especially in Europe, people didn’t question the high price tag
because they associated it was a luxury high-end product. Ironically, the brand Canada Goose flew pretty
much under the radar up until about 2010. The brand undertook an agressive product placement
strategy using celebrities such as Daniel Craig. Of course, that was also reflected in their
revenue. The company went from 18 million a year to
a multiple of that, selling a 70% share for a quarter billion dollars in 2013. By then, Canada Goose had become so popular
that model Kate Upton wore a jacket on a Sports Illustrated cover swimsuit edition. Today, Canada Goose continues to focus on
quality and domestic Canadian production. Because of the relatively high price tag,
it’s a with higher end department stores regularly sell out of these jackets. The Canada Goose product lineup has steadily
increased and now includes lighter weight jackets as well as pants and other outerwear
things. Of course with the popularity of the Canada
Goose brand, also a lot of counterfeit jackets pop in the market just like with Moncler. They also use an authentication system making
sure that if you pay top dollar, you get the real thing and not a knockoff. Just like Moncler, Canada Goose is now a status
symbol and so we really want to look into it whether the jacket is actually functional
and worth your money. So I’m wearing here the Canada Goose Emory
slim fit parka jacket with a coyote trim. In terms of colors, they are less flashy than
Moncler and I chose an olive green. The first thing that distinguishes the jacket
visually from the Moncler one is the genuine coyote fur trim. Canada Goose claims that it has a functional
purpose in the sense that it creates more turbulent air around your face thus preventing
frostbite more than a jacket without the trim. The company claims that the coyote fur is
ethically sourced and trapped in Canada. Now, trapping is always difficult and painful
for the animals so I know a few people who would question that claim. The next thing that stands out is the material. It is matte and it’s a lot thicker than the
Moncler jacket. Also and I find it quite unpleasant, it makes
a lot of noise when you walk, just listen! The material is made out of 85 percent polyester
and 15 percent cotton, it’s water-resistant, durable, and hard-wearing, as well as wind
resistant. It’s not quite gore-tex membrane material
but it’s definitely thick and much stiffer than what you get from Moncler. That being said, nylon is typically a higher-end
artificial fiber and polyester. In my opinion, the stiffness of the fabric
is directly felt to the entire jacket and other people would have compared the jacket
to wearing that x-ray vest at the dentist’s office. The other difference to a Moncler Jackets
are the ribbed cuffs which I find quite useful because they prevent cold air from coming
in. The jacket features an abundance of pockets,
has lots of Zamak metal snap buttons that are plastic covered. Of course, all branded. The zipper is an injection molded plastic
from YKK, ironically it’s the same one used at the Moncler Jackets. For some reason though, I find it a lot harder
to close. So for a jacket that retails for $1,000, I
would’ve expected a higher-end zipper made out of machined metal and not just an average
YKK product that I can get on Amazon for about 6 bucks. Even though the brand is called Canada Goose,
the actual filling of this jacket consists of duck down feathers which are inferior to
goose down. So what’s the difference between goose down
and duck down? Well, goose down comes in larger clusters,
usually traps the air better which means you get a higher fill power and more insulating
with a goose than duck. Because this jacket uses duck down, it’s not
surprising that there’s a fill power of 625. Again, low end fill power would be 300, high-end
fill power would be 900. So this jacket sits right somewhere in the
middle. It consists of 80% down and 20% feathers which
is not as good as the Moncler jacket which is 90% goose down and 10% feathers but both
are not as good as other jackets in the market that have 93% goose down. To learn more about down quality levels, fill
power, and ethical issues, please check out the Moncler video here. Unlike Moncler, Canada goose has warmth grading
method which is called TEI or thermal experience index. That will help you to find a jacket that is
best suited for your needs and your environment and the level of coolness you experience. For example, this Emory slim fit parka is
rated as a four out of five and it’s rated to negative five to 15 degrees Fahrenheit
which is quite cold. Personally, I think it’s not quite as warm
as the Moncler jackets we had but it’s a lot heavier. It is also much stiffer to wear, it is longer
in the torso meaning, it keeps you a little warmer making up for a bit of the inferior
fill power. Also, if you compare the jackets visually,
it’s a lot less puffy and you don’t look like a Michelin Man in a garbage bag, unlike with
the Moncler jacket. So now the big question, is the Canada Goose
emory jacket worth $995? Well, let’s look at the pros and cons. The construction of the Canada Goose jacket
seems more rugged and sturdy. Frankly, I don’t wear these jackets enough
to really figure out the difference because when I go skiing, I layer up because that
allows me to get exactly the right heat level for the temperature outside. This arctic tech fabric is definitely more
sturdy than the nylon one from Moncler and I think over time, it will wear better. Unlike Moncler, Canada Goose comes with a
lifetime warranty, however, that sounds better than it actually is because it’s just a warranty
against manufacturing defects. It’s definitely a quality parka, it has a
real fur trim, it has a fill power of 625 and it keeps you warm and is well thought
through. At the same time, the jacket also has a bunch
of downsides. One big one for me is the sound it creates
and the noise it makes when I walk, I find it simply unpleasant. Secondly, it’s heavier than the Moncler jacket
which is not so great in my opinion but more importantly it’s simply too stiff for my tastes. Also keep in mind that you can find warmer
jackets with a higher fill power for about half the price of this Canada Goose. Overall it’s pretty expensive even though
it’s twenty dollars less expensive than the Moncler jacket but at the end of the day,
I don’t find any of those jackets really stylish because this one is very shiny and puffy,
this one is less puffy but it’s so stiff and just makes me feel like a very unstylish person. So if you really care for style go with a
heavy overcoat that will keep you just as warm in the city at the same time you will
look a lot better. That being said, I think this jacket is overkill
for most people out there unless they live in extreme conditions and even if you live
in extreme conditions, there are better jackets out there that are better suited for you for
a lower price but they don’t come with a brand cache of Canada Goose. so it’s definitely not worth the money for
people who want a super warm jacket or something that is a lightweight and puffy and stylish. if you enjoy this is it worth it video make
sure to check out the other ones in our series I’m sure you’ll like them as well want to
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little belt so stuff like this comes right to your inbox. in today’s video I’m wearing of course a Canada
Goose Emory slim fit parka and the zipper really sucks it’s hard to get it closed especially
if you’re in a hurry I’m pairing it with a blue pair of jeans and brown insulated fur-lined
boots from Allen Edmonds I chose those because I’m just a very loud person that day unlike
with the Moncler jacket the hood is permanently attached on a Canada goose and it’s a lot
more functional you can really tell that the hair keeps your face warmer than without the
trim In terms of value one could argue that Canada Goose is better because it has more
details it’s more functional and will likely wear longer than the Moncler jacket that being
said the increased weight the stiffness of the fabric in combination with a pain in the
ass zipper I don’t think $995 are a good value for this parka. So what are good alternative brands? please check out our in-depth guide on the
west side here


  1. Interestingly Canada Goose jackets were all the rage in Sweden about 10-15 years ago. Nowadays I hardly ever see them at all anymore.

  2. Ahhh come on…. freakin "status symbol"….. "brand nàme geek"…..really???? Go to freakin KMART, or a thrift store and get ya a "jacket" and then enjoy life with all that money you didnt "gift" CANADA GOOSE CEO's …. lol….."style"??? Omg!….p.s. man, these companys must "hook you up" for bringing their lavish, and expensive geek clothes…. you and the Kardashians should be "best friends". 🎤 sorry, but Im a workin class, "real" human being….✌ LOL!!!

  3. You can buy a Chinese spinoff "Canada Goose Parka" for under $200.00 and enjoy. It has the same exterior but it's filled with moldy old chicken feathers. The reason coyote fur is used is it doesn't mat down when wet.

  4. so for $1000 you dont even get a waterPROOF jacket? Its water repellent until the DWR wears off. Then its a $1000 carrier bag for water. Columbia Outdry Extreme Down filled jacket will be much warmer and you will never get wet. No DWR so no reproofing needed. They also do cost $1000.

    Its a status symbol to show the owners is an idiot with lots of money.

  5. Thank you so much for this review . I’m going to finland and have been trying to justify whether I need this coat for this steep price tag

  6. MY SISTER just bought me one for Christmas – Im penniless and had zero Idea they were $1000 – THANK'S SIS……!

  7. That was not a "machined" metal zipper in the video, it was a casting, you can see the flash mark on it LOL. That would be a $100 zipper if it was made of machined metal.

    Plastic is superior because your fingers will not freeze to the zipper in cold weather (its a big deal).

    Polyester is high class and much more expensive than nylon, and its UV resistant, nylon is not. Polyester cannot absorb water but nylon can (thats when it stretches).

    Polyester holds it color when used outdoors, nylon loses it color.
    Nylon also stretches when exposed to light, polyester doesn't.
    Polyester feels smooth to the touch, nylon is not.
    Nylon is commonly used because its cheap and manufacturers like to save money wherever possible.
    Nylon can shrink is washed often, polyester can't shrink.

    Jeans are the worst thing to wear in the winter because cotton is very cold. You should wear thick wool trousers or don ski pants if you actually want to stay warm.

  8. I live in London, and I see idiots wearing this stuff every day. The weather here is mild, and it rains. Snow or ice is very rare. I dress practically. There is absolutely no requirement for this sort of clothing anywhere in Britain, even in the hills of Scotland – in my opinion.

  9. I have to disagree I have a long parka by Canada goose here in Michigan and last winter it was 20 below for a week and I was beyond warm not even kidding water proof blocks out wind totally worth it probably won’t need to buy another coat for a while

  10. Trapping coyotes is obscene to most people, and I wouldn’t want this for any price. Sorry Raphael, I’ll pass on this one!

  11. Amazing the effect a cold country flag will have on the phycology of the consumer and its association with protection for example. Polyester nylon cottons are the same across the world give or take organic or the denier of thread. Always look at the materials used to evaluate price and longevity. Or not

  12. Bruh no it’s not worth it. There’s so many other options like Alpha Industry which is half the price or places like Eddie Bauer, north face, LL Bean, or REI

  13. Everyone’s saying here that it keeps me warm,

    So what did you expect out of the 1000$ jacket? There are many other good brands that also keep you warm and cost half, this is the problem!

  14. 100% worth it. If you live in Michigan winters Canada Goose Is AMAZIN! Felt like I was walking around indoors in 0 degree weather.

  15. I would feel comfortable spending $200-$350 max… It's not cold long enough in Seattle to make a purchase like that. I layer up with a gortex…

  16. They are everywhere in Boston. I think this fad has peaked already and only a fool would fork over $1000 for a status symbol. You know the saying about a fool and their money?

  17. My Arc'teryx parka beats the pants off Canada Goose. Plus no dogs died in the process and the outer layer is real Gore-Tex that's waterproof and windproof and its $150 cheaper at $850 Americano.

  18. I bought a Canadian goose jacket before they were popular and it was the best jacket I ever had recently bought one from a store and was not impressed with the quality my original one was Canadian goose down it was rated for the Arctic I was living in Ottawa and all I was wearing was that jacket and a T-shirt I loved it don’t like the ones me today

  19. There are worn by Drug dealers kid's.
    Or scallies /chavs in England.
    I will never buy 1 .
    Rather have a belstaff ,barbour

  20. Canada Goose is nothing but cruelty on display. That fur is just for vanity. I live in Canada and never had to wear this inhumane piece of garbage.

  21. I have serval Canada Goose pieces. Some of them over 15 years old before the company blew up. They are 100% worth it. I will also support a Canadian brand before anything else.

  22. In the UK many people wear them for winter, but unless you live in Scotland, they are not needed. It is all down the hype.

  23. Thank you sir for the great review 🙏🙏 I’m happy with my Hollister ($129 ish and I bought @ discount, which is $50) .. the fill is recycled polyester fibers and keep me warm enough on a -10 night ☺️☺️

  24. I'll rather buy and wear more durable, affordable fjallraven.

    Imagine wearing dead animals around your neck lol.

  25. Best winter wear I've got is my 1881 full length ski-coat. Picked it up in Italy a few years ago at a knock-down price and it's amazing: lined with real feathers similar to these you're reviewing.

  26. Hi everyone , very nice explanation and good information .
    We also manufacturers and export high quality jackets and hoisery .
    This video is very helpful for us .

  27. The jacket it's okay but 2 things not good in it
    1- the price it's over
    2- it's long more than normal like expedition model ,

  28. These coats are a joke. I see them all over in Ontario and it just fortifies the statement that there is a sucker born every minute.

  29. A coat of this caliber is an investment and you are likely to have it for 20+ years. I wouldn't be caught in a Canadian Goose., I find they are lacking in style and the logo is so tacky and loud. I just purchased a Mackage parka also made in Canada. The styling is amazing, I loved the detail so much I went back to Mackage and purchased the 2 in 1 spring coat which I absolutely love. Every time I wear it, strangers ask "where did you get that".

  30. Well i think he is only referring to the jacket itself that he is describing. but along the way he is generalising the whole brand canada goose..there are lots of styles to choose from but it just happens that he chose the style that he didnt like.

  31. Woods is better for less. SympaTex membrane which is functionally similar to Polyurethane (non porous, completely waterproof) vs Polyester which is cheap and only mildly water resistant without a chemical coating, removeable Coyote fur trim, 800 fill goose down, vs 625 for CG, $500 CAD at SportChek, vs $1250 for the cheapest CG parka.

  32. Canada Goose are a disgusting and completely unethical company!! The terrible mistreatment of animals to create these jackets are totally unacceptable! Keeping animals locked up, plucking the hair out of them repeatedly! Why anyone would buy one of these jackets is beyond me. A true gentleman would never buy from a company like this.

  33. …i rather get a doublegoose v bomber any time….☝🏾


    Canada what!?….naw,im good👋🏾

  34. I steer clear of these brand names that deal with fur.
    Any popular product results in Chinese copies where stolen pets are skinned alive for their fur (as proven by a Daily Express video expose in 2013).

  35. I'm sure those jackets are super duper warm. But it's just so expensive in my opinion. I have a leather aviator jacket that was about $250 on sale (was originally around $400) and it's really fricken warm, and its really durable. I think it's really important to wear good thermal layers of some sort underneath for good warmth.

    Overall I wish I had a Canada goose jacket, just wouldn't wanna spend that much money

  36. I’ve got a pajar jacket – also made in Canada . Great quality slightly cheaper than Canada gooose. Better fit on me than CG as well. no doubt they’ve done a good job with branding however .

  37. Modern trapping regulations and traps do not hurt any animal. I have put my hands and fingers in these traps. The termination of these animals are quick and painless. Unlike starving to death, contracting disease and or being hit by vehicles. (All things bleeding hearts do to animals because they MUST have Starbucks, indoor plumbing and suburban lifestyles.)
    Nice jacket!

  38. To all those animal lovers that sit in Starbucks all day. If you are ever stuck in a bad situation you're gonna shove pigeons in your coat . I love animals too. There is a balance.

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