At the minute, it’s a brand that’s dividing opinion.
As idolized because it is hated, you have to have seen a certain amount of it everywhere, for the great displeasure of the many critics, who believe that in France, Canada Goose will be the new Moncler in a negative sense.
But on the other side of your fence, there are lots of 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 through the end of August 2012 to June 2013, thus i wore my Canada Goose Outlet in a variety of conditions (from nearly -20°C with wind, around 8°C after i returned to France for three weeks), therefore i think I have a relatively extensive, clear view on the grade of the product.
So, as a lover of men’s fashion, beautiful materials and good fitting clothing: precisely what do I think about bulky parka?
Just before I report back, I’d prefer to take a moment to think about Canada Goose’s brand image, which is rather ambiguous…
Hate it or adore it – 50 Cents feat. The Overall Game
Ah…the price. This is basically the flag the critics of Canada Goose proudly wave. For the majority of haters (and believe me there are lots) you’re a sucker once you purchase a Canada Goose because:
Actually, everything can be better in an ideal world if Canada Goose wasn’t so expensive, as even the biggest haters are unanimous over the standard of the pieces.
Considering the standard of this product, you receive a lot for your investment. I’ve looked and honestly, you cannot find anything cheaper with similar quality (warning, my criteria did not just boil down to ‘it needs to keep me warm’, I’ll come back to that a bit later on).
People often talk with me about North Face, which surprises me whenever. If there’s a really 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 expensive for what exactly it is. Find out more about synthetic vs down insulation here
And after that there’s an issue that’s never taken into account with the critics: the cut.
Because it should be noted that it’s difficult to get parkas cut and also a few of the Canada Goose designs. I’ve rightly said some designs, as there are some which make you look similar to a walking refrigerator.
walking refrigeratorSnow Mantra, 1200 Canadian dollars. It’s the warmest design, guaranteed to help you stay warm as little as -60°. It’s used by Alaskan miners and people who are employed in the oil industry in far-flung icy parts of the world. There’s also a strap on the shoulder that can save you in desperate situations. You won’t look anything special using this type of on your back, but at the very least you’ll stay alive.
military inspirationBanff, one of the most modified style of the emblem, using a nice enough military inspiration. It’s only flaw? No pockets to maintain your hands warm: it’s within your interest to get some gloves!
As being a side note, when you’ve spent the last five-years looking to get the best cut items of clothing for your personal figure, it’s a weighty argument. But I completely realize that it’s not necessarily the case for anyone. Inside my case, I simply can’t overlook it.
‘Yes, but you’re investing in a brandname!’
I’ll be honest along with you, that’s things i thought for starters, nevertheless it isn’t the case.
Really, not at all. For instance, Quartz Nature is really a lesser known Quebec brand that has the identical prices as Canada Goose. Likewise, Kanuk, which happens to be 100% a Quebec brand (the workshop is definitely 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, by using a quality that’s comparable to Canada Goose, although with a totally different brand identity for Quebecers, since the products come in Quebec (french-speaking). And also in that price, nobody dares to suggest that you’re only purchasing a brand…
Why these prices? The fur that you simply see in the hoods is expensive. As being a point of interest, Kanuk sells interchangeable furs for the hoods for between 200 and 300 dollars. And 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 price, or maybe more. It’s the true worth of things.
Kanuk (The supreme Quebec coat brand, but which costs big money and it is aimed at a slightly older audience) has this fur strip which alone costs…270 dollars!
I’ve gone off over a slight tangent, however it seemed necessary because, in my opinion, Canada Goose is a brand that is certainly unfairly stigmatized.
Right, so what’s it actually like wearing a Canada Goose parka each and every day?
There’s no reason for drawing out the suspense: in the winter months conditions of Montreal, it’s spectacular.
I am just not surprised that this brand is given to workers in some governmental bodies, since you obtain the feeling that its design is the result of a hellish experience of the cold.
In my opinion, there are loads of brilliantly thought through details. That goes in the wire across the hood to 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 the hands lined completely with fleece, without forgetting the thick fleecey chin-protector.
And can it really help keep you warm?
Completely. It’s as if you’ll never notice the cold again. Even that slight morning freshness, or when you’re expecting the bus, or once you walk home after a winter’s night out, you happen to be never cold. I can’t remember being cold once this winter. The security against the wind is exceptional. One weekend, I used to be at a carnival in Quebec, that is to say spending six hours outside using a temperature that’s approaching the -20°s, however with some wind (I have no idea how much this g0ose just how the temperature feels, but say at least another -10°) and it needs to be noted that you’re protected perfectly through the cold. Even at -20°. Even the size of the zipper is protected, which suggests the wind just never gets nearby the inside your parka.
What’s more, the hood is super well made, and even if you don’t use it up, it protects your ears. Basically this hood that protects your head perfectly from high winds is very great, really effective.
However, these aren’t the garments for the sustained sporting activity. If you’re skiing at -15° and it’s windy, you’re definitely going to sweat. Originally, Canada Goose Sale were made for workers doing plenty of standing around (which explains why bouncers love the manufacturer). 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 owning an absolutely perfect cut. But having tried out several, Canada Goose is just one of those rare parka brands to value the cut of a selection of their designs. Therefore I was surprised to discover how the shoulders of Banff, Chateau, Ontario and Citadel designs (by far the most ‘tight-fitting’ designs, things relative) happen to be worked on and are relatively high. If chosen well for your size, the parka doesn’t hang off shoulders, it’s neat and tidy.
Finally, and i also was surprised, it usually is the truth using the most urban pieces a size S is a ‘true S’. Similarly, Canada Goose even does a size XS which is good to find out.