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Canada Goose Camp Hooded Review
Cons: Not waterproof, hood doesn’t detach, finicky zipper
Bottom line: Bomber windproof construction packed into a warm mid-thigh length parka.
Very warm and comfortable, we had no issues sight-seeing around Banff National Park in some seriously snowy weather. The Canada Goose Camp only reaches mid-thigh, but it is stuffed with 750 fill Hutterite white duck down. Perfect for a cold environment, though this jacket isn't waterproof and the mid-thigh length doesn't offer the best protection in stormy weather. Our Editors' Choice award winner, the Canada Goose Kensington Parka offers better coverage and a more water-resistant outer shell. For someone in a seriously wet and more mild climate, check out our Top Pick for Wet Climate award winner, the Patagonia Tres 3-In-1 Parka.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
High quality windproof construction, combined with ample warmth, the Camp is a knock out. Reaching mid-thigh, this parka can handle cold temperatures and strong winds.
Insulated with 750 fill Hutterite white duck down, this mid-thigh length parka packs a lot of heat into a small space. Cozy and warm, we felt like we were wearing a sleeping bag. The hood is equally loaded with plush down, keeping our head super toasty. We really liked that there was an insulated collar and adjustable drawcord, which added another warm touch.
This jacket is rated for 30F / 5 F weather. Although our core was warm in 15F, our legs began to feel cold; granted this was at nighttime. During the day when it was sunny out, we didn't seem to have an issue. We rated the Marmot Montreaux higher in terms of warmth, because we were able to be outside for an extended period of time, day or night, without feeling cold; the longer length parkas really add extra warmth on super cold days. If the length was longer, it would've been just as warm as the Patagonia Downtown Parka. It scored the same as The North Face Miss Metro Parka because our core and body were equally as warm in both, despite the Miss Metro being knee-length.
The nylon outer shell is Basecamp 20D water-resistant and windproof fabric. We tested this jacket in a blustery snowstorm in Canada. At first, the snow brushed right off, but it isn't waterproof and after an extended period, saturation occurred. While our core remained warm, a better option would be the Canada Goose Kensington Parka, especially if you are looking to extend your time outside in stormy weather.
Unlike any other jacket we tested, the hood has a two-way adjustable cord made to handle high winds. In windy conditions, this jacket held up better than the Arc'teryx Nuri and The North Face Thermoball Parka; it performed slightly better than the windproof construction of the Arc'teryx Sylva Parka.
The Camp is loaded with down, but is still very flattering and form-fitting. We liked how the mid-thigh length gave the jacket a sporty look. The exterior windproof nylon fabric is smooth and clean, but you can see the internal stitching lines from the down insulation. We didn't find this to be any issues with the style, just something a little different. There are four colors to choose from: Black/Granite, Ink Blue/Firefly, Red/Black, Algonquin Green/Ink Blue.
It fits a bit looser than some of the other mid-thigh jackets we tested, like The North Face Thermoball Parka and the Patagonia Tres 3-In-1 Parka - Women's. It doesn't have the same baggy appearance as the Columbia Mighty Lite.
Cozy and warm, the plush down hugged us, making it hard to take this jacket off. Insulated with 750 fill Hutterite white duck down, we never felt like the down was overtaking us. The down insulation is evenly dispersed, making the jacket lightweight and functional. If thick plush down reaching to your knees is more your style, check out the Patagonia Downtown Parka, The North Face Miss Metro Parka or our Best Buy award winner, the Marmot Montreaux. There is enough room to fit a sweater or heavy layer underneath the jacket; this wasn't the case with The North Face Thermoball Parka.
The main feature on the Camp Hooded Jacket is the windproof construction. Meant to withstand high winds, this jacket did live up to it's expectations. A 2-way adjustable tunnel hood offers extra protection in high winds and we found the hood to be insanely warm and cozy. The hood is loaded with down, as well as the insulated neck collar, this added extra warmth in cold weather. The hood is integrated into the neck line and doesn't allow any room for cold air to get in, especially with the insulated collar.
The exterior fabric is Basecamp 20D: nylon windproof and water-resistant fabric. We found it comparable to the Arc'teryx Sylva Parka, but the exterior fabric on the shell of the Patagonia Tres 3-In-1 Parka is more durable, heavy-duty and waterproof. The front main zipper and exterior pockets have a YKK 2-way locking reversed coil zipper. Despite how fancy this sounds, the front zipper is finicky and you need to take your time zipping it up.
This is the only jacket we tested that didn't have fleece-lined pockets. Since there is an ample amount of down in front of the pockets, our hands did stay warm even on super cold days. The interior has a oversized media pocket, as well as a mesh pocket. Lycra cuffs weren't as heavy duty as the Columbia Mighty Lite, but they did an okay job of keeping cold air and precipitation out. A unique feature that this jacket offered is that it can be stuffed into the interior media pocket, creating a cozy travel pillow. As cool as this sounds, it was hard to get the jacket into the pocket. Once we did, it was awesome, but after we took it out of the pillow form, the jacket was noticeably wrinkled for a couple hours.
While we were testing the Camp, we had no issues with durability, besides the finicky zippers (unfortunately, this seems to be a common issue with winter jackets). There isn't much exterior stitching, so we don't see snags being an issue. Keep in mind that the nylon exterior fabric is durable, but it's also smooth, soft and has the potential to tear.
A more durable option would be the Canada Goose Kensington Parka. Its outer shell is heavy duty and did a great job in wet weather, despite only being water-resistant. The Patagonia Tres 3-In-1 Parka is also equally as durable as the Kensington Parka and it's waterproof.
Window shopping in New York City or going ice skating on a chilly evening won't be an issue in this jacket. Yes, the cut is only mid-thigh, but this jacket packs a lot of heat, and is very functional, especially when compared to the longer length parkas we tested. If you aren't worried about functionally as much as being cold, you may want to consider a parka that goes to the knees, like the Marmot Montreaux or the Patagonia Downtown Parka.
At a price of $575, this is one of the most expensive jackets we tested. For the price, you are getting a very warm jacket with quality construction that's going to last you multiple winters. If warmth is your primary issue, check out our Best Buy award winner, the Marmot Montreaux. The knee-cut length is warmer and is also almost $300 cheaper.
Sporty, warm, and flattering, we were overly impressed with the Canada Goose Camp Hooded Jacket. Despite it's mid-thigh length, we found this jacket was very warm. Our core was always toasty, and only in super cold weather did we notice our legs feeling cold. This winter jacket is a solid investment for someone looking to be comfortable during a cold winter while wearing a functional and stylish jacket.
— Liz Williamson
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