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Patagonia Women’s Silent Down Parka Review

Warm and cozy, this mostly-recycled puffy is perfect for travel and everyday use in cold environments.

By: Kristi Teplitz + Save to a List

Growing up in New England (and being a stubborn adolescent), I would brave the frigid winters in nothing more than a fleece. Having now lived on the west coast for over a decade, my tolerance has softened and my yearly Christmas trips back to the east coast feel a lot colder than they used to! Then the Patagonia’s Silent Down Parka entered my life...

Soft and stretchy, this 700-fill down jacket hits me just above the knee, making it a solid choice for winter trips, especially the extra chilly ones and those involving dressing up. It feels like I'm wearing a warm, puffy blanket, but it's fitted and made of recycled materials.

The cuffs have a cozy sweater-like interior elastic that helps block drafts up your arms, and the hood stows away into itself if it is ever an unwelcome accessory to your outfit. The material is slightly stretchy and very soft against your skin, and the collar has a soft, slightly fuzzy material on the inside, so it feels extra warm and soft against your chin when you zip it up all the way and tuck your face behind it.

Yes, you can get long, puffy jackets elsewhere, but what I love about this one in particular is that it is almost 100% recycled. The interior fill is 100% recycled duck and goose down reclaimed from down products, and the shell and lining are made up of 70% recycled polyester. I ended up sizing up on this parka so I had room for layers, and despite the size of the jacket, it packs down nicely for travel! On a recent trip to Banff, I was easily able to shove it into my already full carry on ski backpack while I was walking around the airport. 

So if you’ve been eyeing long puffy coats for the winter, try out the Silent Down Parka. It keeps me warm and has everything I want in a winter coat, and I love supporting brands that are focused on reusing gear. 

Photos courtesy of Mitch Pittman and Patagonia.

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