On the minute, it’s a brand name 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 its many critics, who feel that in France, Canada Goose is the new Moncler within a negative sense.
But on the opposite side from the fence, there are many fans who, for love nor money, would not spend a winter without their Canada Goose clothing (and who I believe simply have recently joined the club ).
Important: I lived in Montreal in the end of August 2012 to June 2013, therefore i wore my Canada Goose Sale in various conditions (from nearly -20°C with wind, around 8°C once i returned to France for three weeks), so I think We have a relatively extensive, clear view on the standard of this product.
So, as being a lover of men’s fashion, beautiful materials and good fitting clothing: what exactly do I consider a bulky parka?
Before I report back, I’d want to take the opportunity to take into consideration Canada Goose’s brand image, which happens to be rather ambiguous…
Hate it or like it – 50 Cents feat. This Game
Ah…the price. This is basically the flag the critics of Canada Goose proudly wave. For most haters (and trust me you can find lots) you’re a sucker once you invest in a Canada Goose because:
In reality, everything can be better inside an ideal world if Canada Goose wasn’t so expensive, as even biggest haters are unanimous over the caliber of the pieces.
Considering the grade of the item, you get yourself a lot for your money. I’ve looked and honestly, you are unable to find anything cheaper with the same quality (warning, my criteria failed to just boil down to ‘it has got to keep me warm’, I’ll come back to which a bit down the road).
People often speak to me about North Face, which surprises me each and every time. Because if there’s a very expensive brand, it’s that. Honestly, to pay nearly 450 dollars for the 100% synthetic parka (fur and down), created in China, now that’s Very costly for what exactly it is. Learn more about synthetic vs down insulation here
After which there’s an aspect that’s never thought about with the critics: the cut.
Because it must be noted that it’s difficult to find parkas cut along with a few of the Canada Goose designs. I’ve rightly said some designs, seeing as there are some which make you gaze such as a walking refrigerator.
walking refrigeratorSnow Mantra, 1200 Canadian dollars. It’s the warmest design, sure to keep you warm only -60°. It’s used by Alaskan miners and those who function in the oil industry in far-flung icy parts around the globe. There’s a good strap around the shoulder that could help you save in an emergency. You won’t look anything special using this on your back, but a minimum of you’ll stay alive.
military inspirationBanff, the most modified design of the emblem, with a nice enough military inspiration. It’s only flaw? No pockets to help keep your hands warm: it’s with your interest to get some gloves!
As a side note, when you’ve spent the very last 5 years looking to get the best cut items of clothing to your figure, it’s a weighty argument. Having Said That I completely recognize that it’s not always the situation for everyone. Inside my case, I simply can’t overlook it.
‘Yes, but you’re paying for a brand name!’
I’ll tell the truth along, that’s the things i thought in the first place, but it isn’t the truth.
Really, certainly not. For instance, Quartz Nature is actually a lesser known Quebec brand which includes a similar prices as Canada Goose. Likewise, Kanuk, which is 100% a Quebec brand (the workshop is merely next door to my house) is even more expensive than Canada Goose, with prices easily exceeding the 800 dollar mark!
KanukA Quartz Nature parka, 620 dollars, with a quality that’s similar to Canada Goose, however with an entirely different brand identity for Quebecers, because the products are made in Quebec (french-speaking). And also in that price, nobody dares to advise that you’re only paying for a brand…
So why these prices? The fur that you see around the hoods is pricey. Like a point of interest, Kanuk sells interchangeable furs for the hoods for between 200 and 300 dollars. And there are no secrets: for a piece that’s not manufactured in China, with down and high quality finish, you quickly make it to the 500/600 dollar cost, or even more. It’s the true value of things.
Kanuk (The greatest Quebec coat brand, but which costs big money and is also directed at a somewhat older audience) has this fur strip which alone costs…270 dollars!
I’ve gone off over a slight tangent, nevertheless it seemed necessary because, for me, Canada Goose is a that may be unfairly stigmatized.
Right, so what’s it really like wearing a Canada Goose parka on a daily basis?
There’s no part of drawing out the suspense: during the cold months conditions of Montreal, it’s spectacular.
I am just not surprised that the brand is offered to workers in certain governmental bodies, as you have the feeling that its design is the consequence of a hellish experience in the cold.
In my opinion, there are loads of brilliantly thought through details. That goes from your wire across the hood for the thick, robust zipper (a detail sometimes missing from North Face designs, hello on the uphill battle when you’ve got gloves on) for the two pairs of pockets for your personal hands lined completely with fleece, without forgetting the thick fleecey chin-protector.
And will it really help keep you warm?
Completely. It’s as if you’ll never experience the cold again. Even that slight morning freshness, or when you’re waiting around for the bus, or if you walk home right after a winter’s evening out, you might be never cold. I can’t remember being cold once this winter. The safety against the wind is exceptional. One weekend, I used to be with a carnival in Quebec, that is to mention spending six hours outside having a temperature that’s approaching the -20°s, however with some wind (I do not know how much this g0ose how the temperature feels, but say at least an additional -10°) and it should be noted that you’re protected perfectly from your cold. Even at -20°. Even the size of the zipper is safe, which implies the wind just never gets nearby the inside of your parka.
What’s more, the hood is super well-built, and even if you don’t input it up, it protects your ears. Basically this hood that protects your head perfectly from high winds is actually great, really effective.
On the other hand, these aren’t the garments for any sustained sporting activity. If you’re skiing at -15° and it’s windy, you’re bound to sweat. Originally, Canada Goose Sale were created for workers doing a lot of standing around (which explains why bouncers love the emblem). Extreme mountain climbers tend to consider 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 having an absolutely perfect cut. But having tested a few, Canada Goose is just one of those rare parka brands to care about the cut of a selection of their designs. And So I was surprised to discover how the shoulders of Banff, Chateau, Ontario and Citadel designs (one of the most ‘tight-fitting’ designs, everything relative) have already been labored on and so are relatively high. If chosen well for the size, the parka doesn’t hang off your shoulders, it’s neat and tidy.
Finally, and I was surprised, it is usually the way it is with the most urban pieces which a size S is a ‘true S’. Similarly, Canada Goose even does a size XS which is good to understand.