A staple in our brand comparisons, Canada Goose has, for years now, been considered as a top brand when it comes to winter parkas for those looking to stay warm and cozy in below zero temperatures.
In our venture to explore more brands and see how they compare to big names such as The North Face, Patagonia, Canada Goose and Arc’teryx, we have introduced you to a number of brands that make great quality products that measure up impressively to popular brands.
Today we will be looking at Canada Goose again, and compare it to a brand that makes it into our site for the very first time, Parajumpers.
Let’s get started right away!
A short history of the brand
A modern brand established in 2005, Parajumpers design impressive outerwear that are not solely limited to being functional. Their designs are fashionable and the brand’s founding is as impressive as their design philosophy.
It was an accident meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, between the brand’s designer – Massimo Rossetti – and a member of 210th Rescue Squadron.
The 210th Rescue Squadron is comprised of jumping parachutists, which is where the name Parajumpers comes from.
They are a military section, highly trained and qualified, whose job is to intervene in difficult operations in order to save the lives of those entrapped up high in the mountains or in the depths of the sea.
Inspired by their work, Massimo Rossetti set out to design highly functional jackets, made of durable nylon and able to withstand the harshest of conditions, working as an aide rather than just another jacket.
Like Massimo, we are also impressed with the reputation the brand has built for itself and the functionality of their designs, some of which we will feature in this comparison.
Materials and Manufacture
As we briefly mentioned above, Parajumpers use hard-wearing nylon, which is a highly durable fabric that lasts for a very long time and is resistant to wear and tear.
The fabrics used by the brand are sourced from the Far East, namely countries such as China, Korea and Japan. Italy is also an important country where the brand resides and also sources part of its materials from.
All of the fabrics, accessories and other materials used are tested per the R.E.A.C.H Regulation, which ensures the lack of harmful chemicals and substances.
Renowned not just for the functionality of their designs, but also for the comfort of their down parkas and coats, Parajumpers use high quality down to provide the best insulation for those looking for warm parkas that are not as bulky as what is often available.
What is interesting about some of the brand’s designs is the use of down-filled lining as opposed to using down insulation as it is typically used in regular jackets. This down lining can be removed, making the parka suitable to wear in milder weather, too.
On to the fur trim which can be found in a number of the winter parkas, they use different types of fur. The Finn raccoon fur is sourced from Finland and guaranteed to meet the highest EU regulations on fur farming.
From North America, they source the Coyote fur and lastly, the rabbit and sheep fur are sourced from animals that are by-products of the food industry in the case of rabbits, and from multi-purpose sheep in the case of sheep fur (here is their fur policy).
The skins from these animals are not tanned with whale or other cetacean oils, and meet the necessary standards that guarantee the humane treatment of the animals during their lives.
Another thing that bears mentioning is the brand’s alternative options to their real fur products, which are made of synthetic materials, making them suitable for those who do not prefer buying animal-based products.
The designing process is based in Italy, whereas the manufacturing of the products is done in the Far East, with some special collections made in Europe or India. All of the facilities are tightly regulated and regularly controlled for their quality of production and ethical treatment of workers.
In this paragraph we’re going to take a look at two popular jackets by Parajumpers, as we usually do in our brand comparisons.
Parajumpers Men’s Right Hand Jacket
Right Hand is a men’s short parka, made of 100% nylon oxford shell and lined with 100% Polyester. It has a removable down-filled lining for insulation, and a shell that has been treated to be water and stain resistant.
The fur trim on this design is genuine Coyote fur and can be detached from the parka. It comes with numerous outer pockets and inner pockets as well, making it a great jacket for those who work outdoors in the cold.
It comes with the exclusive PJS snap-hook at the neck, as well as a collar lined with faux fur shearling for added comfort and warmth. Its hem is adjustable and its sleeve cuffs come with wrist gaiters for a better fit and protection.
Parajumpers Women’s Gobi Light Insulated Urban Jacket
Gobi, a women’s light down jacket, comes with a nylon oxford shell, treated with dirt-repellent products and water-resistant DWR coating. It is a bomber design, insulated with 90% down and lined with faux fur trim on its hood.
There are a number of pockets on this jacket, both on the outside and inside, which make it quite practical for those looking to avoid bags when they are out.
This is a warm bomber, with a 700 fill power down rating, which comes with a ribbed elastic hem and wrist gaiters to provide better warmth.
Parajumpers is not a cheap brand by any means. Its products can vary anywhere from $300 to $1000, making it a good match in price for Canada Goose.
However, the quality of their products would explain such a high price, especially considering the manufacturing and materials used to make their jackets and parkas.
Are these jackets worth their price?
Considering that their jackets are made of high quality materials and are as functional as advertised, to some they might be worth their price.
However the warmth that some of their expensive designs provide is not the highest, which can make it an issue for those looking to buy extremely warm parkas.
2. Canada Goose
A short history of the brand
Established in Canada, in 1957, Canada Goose is one of the most popular brands across the globe.
So popular in fact that has become a bit of a trend to own a Canada Goose jacket in major cities, where the temperatures during winter drop extensively.
The brand makes some of the best and warmest parkas available, with their Expedition design being arguably the warmest parka you will find.
A brand endorsed by celebrities and by those who love down parkas, Canada Goose continues to be a staple in many people’s winter wardrobes, despite its prices.
Materials and Manufacture
Relying primarily on Polyester and Nylon for their shells and linings in the jackets, Canada Goose is mostly renowned for the high quality of the down used to insulate their jackets.
Sourced per the RDS certification, their goose and duck down is of a very high quality and provides great warmth, albeit sometimes at the expense of functionality due to the bulk of some of the brand’s designs.
Their down is certified as being responsibly sourced and fully traceable, from farmers that raise waterfowl for the meat industry and treat them humanely, without live-plucking or force-feeding them.
When it comes to the fur trim that can be found in a lot of the brand’s designs, it is genuine Coyote fur, which helps protect the face from snow blizzards and from the cold.
The ethical issues it has raised have resonated with the brand and they are now moving away from using real coyote fur in most of their modern designs.
The manufacturing process is meticulously controlled through a 13-step process, which guarantees that every little detail is perfect.
Canada Goose parkas and jackets are made in Canada and have, for years now, held the reputation of being some of the most long-lasting products, with some designs said to be decades old and still looking as good as new.
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Now let’s see the two popular jackets by Canada Goose that we have selected.
Canada Goose Men’s Carson Parka
We chose the Carson Parka for men, a short design with a 2-way zipper and coyote fur trim on the hood. This is a down parka, insulated with 625 fill power duck down, designed to keep you warm and cozy as you go about your day out in the cold.
It comes with wrist gaiters, which have thumbholes in them, providing better protection against the cold. There is brushed tricot at the back of the collar, which provides warmth and comfort.
To further keep the cold out, there is Windguard under the central zipper, which prevents cold drafts from passing through. There are hand pockets on this design, with zipper closures, and an inner pocket, too.
Canada Goose Women’s Chilliwack Bomber
The design for women we have chosen is the Chilliwack Bomber, made of 85% Polyester and 15% Cotton, insulated with duck down and with a smooth shell.
It comes with real Coyote fur trim on the hood, which can be removed, and with a central zipper covered by a storm flap.
Its sleeve cuffs have wrist gaiters on the inside, and there are numerous pockets on the outside of the jacket, with inner pockets present as well.
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Those who know Canada Goose know the brand’s prices are not for everyone. With designs that retail at an average of $600, depending on where you are looking to buy, their jackets often raise the question of whether it is worth to purchase them or not.
Are their jackets worth the price?
Quality and warmth are what Canada Goose parkas and jackets are renowned for and their performance more than justifies the price.
But, if you don’t live in an area where it’s necessary to go so heavy on the insulation, then it’s best to look at some lighter and more affordable options, in our opinion.
If you want to learn more, we have an in-depth article on this topic: Why is Canada Goose so Expensive? Are their Jackets Worth the Price?
3. Which Brand is Better?
All things considered, Canada Goose provides better protection against the cold. Therefore, if you are looking for a jacket that can withstand arctic temperatures, this is the brand to turn to when the time comes.
On the other hand, if it’s functionality that you are interested in, a jacket by Parajumpers will be your best bet. They are designed to be comfortable and stylish, suitable for a variety of outdoor activities and also provide better protection against wet conditions.
Canada Goose jackets are lacking when it comes to rain protection, which is why they are better suited for cold and dry conditions.
Price-wise, Parajumpers is more affordable than Canada Goose, and also provides a wider variety of price options.
Therefore, once again, it all comes down to what you are looking for in a jacket. Based on that, the answer to which of these two brands is better for you, will depend.