There are other jackets that will keep you warm for less money, but the genuine features that CG brings to the table are worth it in my opinion to keep a great product and jobs in Canada. I recommend looking into the North Face parkas. Northface and Patagonia do not sell a single product as warm or higher quality than a Canada Goose Chateau. Hi Kerry, I am glad to find your blog on this topic, as I am about to pull a trigger on a CG parka tomorrow. I did all the stores in the city and picked http:
Canada Goose is not racing to the bottom
And I curated a little list for you. Happy coat shopping you beautiful fat babes!!! The German designer is just killing it with the cute clothes, and their coats are no exception. The best part of their shop? These coats go up to a size 34! The absolute best place to go for funky, unique styles of coats.
The white one to the left also comes in a gorgeous burgundy color, and do you die over that blush faux fur? I want it with every faux fiber of my being. Most people know that LandsEnd has great outerwear, but did you know they also carry plus sizes up to size 26? Even better, they carry many of their styles in tall and petite plus size coats!
But it gets even better when you find out how cheap their outerwear is! Ok, I might because I live in the midwest and snow is no joke. But dang, these coats are cute as hell! Sizes up to 3x. Ranting aside, a suggestion for people looking to save money on a truly warm winter parka: Lots of people are trying to unload good parkas, CG included, that are gently used and can be purchased for less than the retail value.
Also means that you support a neighbour instead of a garment manufacturer! I bought one the day she came home. Toronto DOES get cold. A damp, wet cold that you sometimes cannot shake even after having been home and indoors for 30 minutes.
If you really want to know if a Canada Goose is worth it — only ask those who own one. I am always cold and received the Canada Goose parka I now wear 5 years ago for Christmas. I speed walk in much weather in Northwestern Ontario, and I have loved this parka from the first time I wore it. I will pay more for products that are manufactured that way in the hopes of keeping jobs in Canada.
I was disappointed with the Bain takeover and will now think about whether this product will be replaced when it wears out. I have three…yes One is 7 years old.. Each used at 20, 30, and 40 frikkin below Celsius in saskatchewan. I am never cold. Keeps the coyote population manageable with all that fur going east. A chilliwack, resolute and arctic something. Its excellent workmanship has stood the test of time. No rips, no tears and the seams have held fast.
If you can afford this jacket, get it. Air Inuit, is based out of Montreal. They are the airline to northern Quebec. They service the Inuit communities and Hydro Quebec facilities and all the ground staff, and pilots are given CG jackets with the AI logo embroidered on them.
If they trust the jacket then it must be good. Underpaid and exploited with the promise of permanent residency keeping them working. Google it sometime you might be surprised. Anyone who has lived in the north knows that there is no jacket that compares to the CG Expedition or Resolute. We have been living in the Arctic for the last 4 years and I walk to work in my parka with a t-shirt on underneath. I can even make it without mitts or a hat if my hood is up and my hands are in the the chest pockets.
We visited Toronto recently and I felt silly in my big parka until I realised that everyone there is wearing them too… Not sure if its really necessary for a southern climate but for sure everyone up here wears them and they are a life-saver! If one values Canada made, if one values longevity, if one needs warmth, it is probably worth it. Love walking along the river at c with it. Walked to work, took the bus drove the car.. The coat has protected me, made winter enjoyable, and is in line with what I value.
Toronto Gal above has it right. You really cannot ask anyone who has never owned or better yet, worn a Canada Goose jacket. Also — animal cruelty? Nothing beats natural fur. I used to work for a company who sold spandex pants as premium yoga pants for dollars. You think they paid their workers more than minimum wage in Bangladesh? The cost goes towards nothing but your own status symbol.
I sometimes pay more for items that are made in Canada because I see it as supporting the society that I rely on. It generally means that I go without sometimes in order to afford the things I want. I also appreciate that regulatory eg toxins found in dyes etc. I used to live in Inuvik, NT where I first learned about Canada Goose parkas, nothing else could come close to there warmth. So yes, I think they are worth the money in extreme weather conditions since nothing else can compare.
But I live further south now, and I think there value goes south the further south you get. So Your contribution to this debate was what exactly? Canadian Made…I frankly must disagree. If Canadian citizens are unwilling to do the work for the wages offered, and foreign unskilled labour must be brought in to work at uncompetitive wages, there is a problem. They are forced to work for employers at low wages with the promise of permanent residence for them and their immediate family, that is called indentured employment.
Indentured employment is the equivalent of legalized modern slavery. You can look at the live in caregiver programs in Canada, Tim Hortons hiring practices, the Royal Bank, or the coal mining industry.
We are on a slippery decline to becoming America with huge income inequalities with unskilled foreign nationals being exploited. In terms of the cost of living in Canada versus the cost of living in Bangladesh, you do the math. Foreign workers want a better life for their children, while they are subjugated in the Canadian textile industry.
I have children and I would do anything to ensure they will enjoy a good life. I really hope you could afford more not made in china, the thing is: That to me is true and fair globalization.
I was saving up to buy one until I read in this article that the brand was sold to a US company. Excellent products, support, and knowledge on outdoor gear. I actually have a MEC parka that was made in Canada. Its too bad that they no longer carry down coats made in Canada. So many companies are publically traded anyway, its hard to know who they belong to. I often wonder if MEC is really just a distributer. Looked around at what people waiting in the cold were wearing.
Not sure I saw a single Canada Goose jacket. There are a few but most people here tend to layer, wear cheaper parkas or have an incredible tolerance to cold that lets them wander around in light jackets and bareheaded in the winter.
This morning wind chill was minus 47 here. In this case, you get what you pay for. Year three, no regrets at all. Hockey arenas, walks, with dog, just out and about. I like being warm and this does the trick. Seems to be a pretty steep price to be fashionable and warm. Of course, there will be a certain segment who shop purely on utilitarian function where style and price are secondary and will hang on to their CG regardless.
Hi Kerry, I am glad to find your blog on this topic, as I am about to pull a trigger on a CG parka tomorrow. I am sticker shocked when I first saw the price of a CG, even got upset by learning that they were never on sale, which prompted me looking high and low for alternatives.
I felt being swallowed by the jacket and none fits too well, everything looks unbalanced or lopsided. The CG parka snugs incredible on me, there are no gaps under arms and back , the soft lining is addictive, and the best part is the body shell of the CG being firm and smooth but not stiff. I love the coyote fur brushes my face. Indeed CGs are very overpriced, the quality is incredible and it fits like no other. I am lucky to be able to afford one, by not spending on anything else as a sacrifice this Christmas.
CG claims never giving a discount; I am going to tear this parka apart for what its worth by being extremely critical. If otherwise, I am going to voice my disappointment so loud that it will make the evening news. I am still sticker shocked on its price, but am willing to give this snooty company a go by being their worse nightmare customer.
CG coats are strictly utilitarian — no style or fashion. I think they;re hideous and everyone has them. Bought a Sears Knock off. It was well made and has had only one stitching repair in that time. It sounds to me that this Canada Goose parka is a very good deal. It is not for the short sighted.
As with vehicle purchases, there is always a segment of the population who thinks that paying the premium for a Mercedes or BMW assures one a superior product but the reality is that that assumption is not based on fact. Or there are those who like to believe that owning the brand gives them some sort of prestige in the eyes of others.
If you look hard enough there are plenty to choose from whether it is Canadian made, US made, etc.. They are just as warm and of course with varying quality and prices. During Christmas holidays, everywhere I look is the same black CG fur jacket. There are a few others but I believe these are the main contenders more like alternatives to CG. These top dogs are great alternatives and have been proven to be of serious quality without the marketing pricing of CG. I live in winnipeg, so we have temperatures drop below a lot of time.
No more cold in our cold winters. Canada goose really keeps me warm!! If anyone is not sure to buy it or not I would say go for it. I had my brand new Canada Goose Parka since the 26th December, 5 days ago.
The CG is NOT warm, considering its price quite poorly made and worse of all their customer service is deplorable. The coyote fur hood zipper is misaligned with the jacket, making a gap which the cold wind leaks; also the hood kept falling or too pulled backwards; annoying and uncomfortable. Twice emailed to CG customer service was ignored; with a pretentious to be prestigious company like CG, it is unacceptable that their slow in response is may be because of the holidays.
I took my CG parka to compare at Sportnlife, seen the exact same problem with the shoulders. There is no or very thin down in that area.
The staff told me that is how it is made, the down is heavy and falls, thus the shoulders have no down coverage. A bunch of crap. So you wear your CG when you walk the dog on C windy days — what is your dog wearing??? Would I buy a CG parka? First, I would cry over the killed coyote whose fur is on the hood. Second, I find it way to expensive.
Perhaps I would change my mind if I had to spend extended time periods outside in Manitoba or Saskatchewan. Of course it does not come even close to CG but for me, it works I needed a new one because sadly, I gained some weight and the old one does not fit any more. Again, I am sure at it would not protect me for very long but I am very pleased with it. I am sure the CG parka is a great product but I wonder if the people who really need it can afford it.
The price tag is still very high. I have bought Northface, Columbia and Patagonia jackets in the past for less money to han the Canada Goose jackets I bought my Wife and myself this year; they were all made in Overseas, not as well constructed, not as well warranteed and not as warm. The price difference is understandable when you see the sturdy construction and realize it is also repairable by the manufacturer, and with some care it will last a lifetime.
I used to layer up more; the folks on here saying that layering with cheaper stuff is good enough have never worn one of these jackets. If I layer at all, I get too hot. Well worth the investment for a quality jacket that will last a lifetime, vs. I bet you will spend just as much in the long run.
The point of layering is, aside from being able to dress appropriately for a given situation, that one can remove or add layers as necessary. The product is well worth it and nothing beats it. Most cheap stuff is just that — cheap! Then you fight with poor quality junk zippers for example for a year till the thing falls apart. So according to many posting here, a person needs to buy the Canada Goose branded parka in order to be ensured quality and warmth.
Rather than educating themselves on what to look for when looking at details that indicate quality such people get fooled by the hype. The coyote trim really bothers me. I believe these animals are trapped with leg traps. Trappers are only required to check their traps every 3 days. Do you have any idea of how that coyote suffered for your fashion statement?
I would spend the money on a Canada Goose coat if I had it to spend. I only wish it had the coyote fur instead of the useless faux fur that it has. Coyotes are a nuisance and are overpopulated. There are lots of coyote hunters where I live and the coyotes are shot not caught in traps as some have suggested.
Hunting coyotes helps keep the population down and using the fur on a coat is a brilliant way to utulize the animal. For some this is pocket money, for others this is several months of pilling up. Do you often see cold and windy to degree weather or is this a rarity? I walk between 50km and km a week year round. A Canada Goose parka clearly is. My only real gripe about the coat is the logo being so obvious. Grew up in northern Quebec so have some cold tolerance but I bought a terrible quality coat from MEC that was ripping within the first season.
I was looking for a coat that is: I did all the stores in the city and picked http: A good coat that is breathable will function in a wide range of temperatures and is a good investment think of how many cheap coats you buy throughout the year! To the best of my research, this company no longer exists, but were made in Winnipeg. They even look like Canada goose designs. The exterior is void of gaudy patches.
On the inside of the coat it just says percent made in canada and came with a tag certifying it wAs canadian down used. There were other canadian makers clearly. Osc, Canada goose both have solid marketing. Just shop outlet stores or visit small town tack supply stores and you might be able to find one.
Honestly, my North Face jacket was cheaper and comparable in warmth however my Pajar is far less bulky and I feel a lot classier in it. Yes, I would invest in to it, because through my 20 years in Canada I been buying different coats yearly. Why not invest on something that will last a lifetime since they claimed its lifetime warranty.
I love and own a Canada Goose down winter jacket. It keeps me warm in winter time and it helps me to have a good feeling of being a Canadian. So yes to Canada Goose! So my opinion is NO. I will never buy it because they use real coyote fur. Shame on you Canada Goose and whoever wears it. More sense less nonsense please! It is clearly stated on the CG website that coyotes are trapped!
Anyways, what difference does it make how they are killed. They are killed so that we can wear them, simple as that. We not only agree to that cruelty but we also pay for it.
I vote for hunting some people for a change! I bet you live in a nice little box in the city and think that coyotes are just like the cartoons you like to watch. You guys live in a real fantasy world, when you have a pack of coyotes take down your lively hood one after another, or threaten your children you have a very different opinion.
They were here before us and we should respect every animal. We make conscious choices about cruelty and justify them every way we can. What bothers me the most is this talk about a need to control population. We are the reason the ecosystem is not balanced, we as people like to exploit every aspect of life to the fullest.
Thinking otherwise is lying to yourself. Go kill whatever is inconvenient to you. Hopefully nature will do the same! Bought CG parkas for the wife and I. We are year round recreational walkers and experience bitter cold often. They are amazing coats in every way. But we also try to give back as much as we take to be part of nature rather than just a parasite.
It is very aggravating to listen too or read sometimes. I live in fashion concious Manhattan, New York City where warmth waiting for public transport and aesthetic are important in my choice for a coat. A bit torn up about the coyote issue: Were these all handed out for free to people this winter? Does this coat give you superpowers? When coyotes are culled, the reproductivity of nearby populations actually shifts into high gear, they will mate at an earlier age and have larger litters of healthier pups, who will be more likely to survive to breeding age.
Therefore, justifying your bad choice is just ignorant. I bought a Solaris parka from holts only to wear it for three months to have about 2 dozen pressure holes in the jacket. I was sent a replacement trillium jacket and the arm seams have holes in them again after three months. This brand is a joke. Buyer beware expect to have to go through the hassle of replacing your coat every year.
Wow, just stumbled on this site, boy are there a lot of people having comments about Canada Goose jackets and the cost. I have purchased mine 6yrs ago and the next year one for my wife. And they work great! The biggest thing is the winter wind does not touch us, I should mention that we both have the Expedition style. Just be clear why you buy. It was fine from mid October until near the end of November, but when temperatures went down below freezing, my arms were cold.
I also had cold spots in my shoulders and chest. I took the leap last year and decided to sell the coat on ebay. I have not regretted getting rid of that fashion coat, it might be good for a trek to high school or work on the bus, but as far as standing outside for any length of time, it is useless.
It depends where you live and how much time you spend outside during winter. Now to the moral and hypocrite outcry of coyote fur usage: I just wish people were as serious, involved, outraged and outspoken when it comes to the destruction of their own species.
Hahahah all the cities she named have very mild winters…come to Manitoba minus 35 before wind chill and experience cold. There are plenty of coats of brands that use faux fur and are just as warm. I bought one from Bench with a thick faux fur hood for a fraction of the price, and it keeps me very warm.
Like many others said, I do believe that the Canada Goose brand is just a status symbol. I am Canadian and would be proud to endorse Canadian-made materials, but the ethics behind this Canada Goose brand is too shady. I decided to take the leap and buy one. The fit, feel and quality of the coat is not on the same level as my north face and there is no comparison with this coat and my cheap kanuk that I use to work on my car.
As you mentioned, I used this parca in the South Pole before they became somewhat of a fashion icon in the northern latitudes. We got wind chills, and the coat was always toasty. Besides, the high price underlines a commitment to quality, and to the employees in Canada that manufacture this product.
Absolute nonsense and hate the fact they use real fur!!! Just another stupid trendy thing. Rather its only water resistant. Does anyone know of better alternatives? Buy a down coat on sale in March or April. A couple or three at most layers under a wind-resistant shell should be more than adequate.
More important is a warm hat, mitts and socks. My daughter owns and wears a CG parka, in spite of which she has occasionally been cold, but not above C. Canada designs and makes some incredible winter footwear. I agree with ET about attending to your extremities. Also remember that wind and humidity can make a big difference on how cold you feel.
Ridiculously expensive and hell their selling out to the Americans so my dollar would not be staying in or profiting the Canadian economy. And look like a clone of every second person on the street? I like my individuality.
It was warm overall except my lower arms where I could feel the cold draft sipping through. I called Canada Goose, their recording saying they would return calls within a week.
But they never returned my call. I would never buy or recommend their product. In addition, the Mystique design is so plain, almost as if it is made by someone with basic sewing skill.
It lacks of many features that other brands have on their design such as; plenty of pockets, hood adjustments etc. I thought such a long coat could shield the draft around my legs.
No, not with this coat. I regret buying this coat. A friend told me that Tundra coats are much warmer at almost half the price. I feel it is a big rip-off. In Yellowknife, Canada Goose is the only coat to buy. Up here they can be bought used at yard sales but you have to arrive early. Shop Walmart for less, and you might get by for a year or two. Dear Mrs Taylor, I am was an avid Hurt at work,since a lot less active outdoorsman.
A while back I was shoppin for a computer. And the type of Computer custom vs off-the shelf seemed to fit the bill. Some of the information on the Web is just that information.
Much is not sorted or collated in a proper format. Ask yourself, exactly what you will use it for? Standing outside,ie not moving, Skiing? When you have honestly answered to yourself the use issue. Then you can weight the options. If you are very cold in moderate weather then look to what the professionals wear. In this case, people who snow ski board , hunt, or winter photography. Think about it,they have to stand outside motionless for long periods. It take a long time and much effort to stage set up photographs or videos … You deserve a lot of credit.???
Even thinking the purchase over. Shows you have a lot of maturity… the good kind. On large purchases I would research the issue first web etc. Then when I was comfortable I would shop, with no intention of buying. And even then I would sleep on it. Today I wait at least the weekend. Cheap and quality do not go well togheter… also http: I made my own. When temperature fall below F there is no substitute. Better to spend the extra cash than freeze to death above the polar circle.
To the person that said Lands End is comparable, she is full of it. Lands End is crap. It used to be really good but now the sizing and quality is ridiculously bad. To the lady who asked which Costco sells it. Canada Goose sells in select locations only. You can find out where to buy from their web site. And their prices are much lower than CG.
Unfortunately they only make jackets not coats. I live in Ontario and can attest to those cold, northern winters. Last winter was so cold in fact I decided to get myself a really warm coat.
It cost about half the price of a Canada Goose jacket, but is longer and covers me better. It might be a tad heavier to wear, but the fuzzy lining really keeps me cozy. I also strongly recommend a well lined leather coat for northern climates. Leather is the ultimate wind breaker, because it is non-porous.
I used to have a down filled parka from Roots Canada, but still find leather warmer. I live in Ottawa and commute 45 minutes to work on 2 different buses. I am always freezing and need layers upon layers to stay warm.
I saw the Canada Goose display and tried one on with zero intention to purchase one. It fit amazingly well and you could just tell the quality was there from top to bottom. Yes, Canada Goose is a bit of a status symbol. But this coat is an investment, one I will never regret. Last winter, was the first winter I could actually tolerate the cold temperatures and blizzards. The coyote fur hood helps keep snow out of your face and blocks the cold wind amazingly well.
The lifetime guarantee was a definite selling feature. Any company that will guarantee their product for life, goes far in my books. Made in Canada with no desire to outsource as their company reputation depends on Canadian made products. I worked on an research ship that traveled the artic for a couple of seasons and it was beyond cold.
I recommend looking into the North Face parkas. You can get them on sale at Si Vous Play. They waterproof and insulated with fill goose down. They are well made and will last you years. Toronto weather is wet cold for the most part. Canada Goose is great for dry cold weather like the Arctic. Thanks for the Alpinetek comments. I have been living in Toronto for a year and half but am a native of a tropical country.
My body has a very low tolerance for cold temperatures. I have been wearing a no-name coat for 3 years and it has served me very well. Going into a fourth winter with it. Canada Goose make their coats in Canada, with the best quality materials, with fairly paid workers using an environmentally sustainable process. But cheap products, be they shoes, coats or underwear no matter where they are manufactured, have a cost that most consumers never think of.
Human misery at the lack of a living wage. I love my Canada Goose! Plus, I do not like the label on the sleeve- just not classy! I am also against wearing the fur. Best jacket I ever bought, came from a Costco special.
It kept me warm during a polar vortex, and it washes like a dream. Yes, it is made in China, but it is well made, and the price was great. I will put the money saved on a CG parka towards a holiday in a warmer clime! Cannot believe you people are still debating on this after one year: A Corolla can get you somewhere, just like a North Face can keep you as warm, but when it comes to fashion and style, you just have to pay the extra to get them!
The harder you work, the more you deserve. Life is that simple. I am moving to Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada next month and am debating what kind of jacket to get. Temperatures there will probably be around mostly, before windchill. Is a Canada Goose really worth the money for the Arctic? Not even will talk about bucks for a jacket, but will mention a fact when I bought 2 Super Triple Goose Parka 10 years ago and yes they are worn since I machine washed them at least times which made them loose some down filling, but it is still the best jacket that I ever had, cotton inside and out hate polyester aka plastic as make me sweat , great zippers, and removable hood.
Now you wonder the price?? Only 65 dollars each at Orfus road, probably by International Clothiers, so wake up people and stop feeding greedy business with your hard earned cash.
CG sue to don;t let them to produce the same here, sure maybe quality is not the same, but for a tenth of the price I will take it anytime, I really wish that I could buy these jackets again… Ridiculous price difference, my salary is the same as 10 years ago and so is all my friends, so no inflation argument here… but I guess being ripoff is the price to all ourselves Canadians as in everything else.
I just bought a Canada Goose and it is totally worth the money — both in fashion and warmth. Yup — I can afford it. What could you do with that extra 2 hours per week that you save? They use coyote fur for the trim around the hood.
How they get that fur is cruel torture of these coyotes which are in pain days before they will be killed for a coat. You can make a difference. Cannot for the life of me figure out why in this day and age, when we are suppose to be so darn smart, anyone would wear anything with fur. I will stick to my expensive but warm obermeyer from austria. Sad to see some people when I am out walking my dog, they are out with their dogs and wearing these coats which have a dead dog wrapped around the hood.
Stupid people wear these. If your dog is out for a walk with you, it is leashed, fenced or very well trained. You feed it regularly and provide a place for it to sleep. This is not true of coyotes. Coyotes are shot on sight in some areas. So are dogs if they are bothering wildlife, farm animals or are running in packs. I am currently seeking a new winter coat. I live in NYC where its a must to be fashionable. I am small upper and very hippie. Pajar, Point Zero and Nicole Benisti. Hope that helps everyone.
Eating animals and using their hide is normal! Smh Do you think Indians thought about animal cruelty? They just wanted to keep warm and provide for families so cut the bs… Please. So Sinsae, when was the last time you cornered an animal, slit its throat and restrained it while its blood and life drained out of its body and then slit open its belly, peeled off its hide and cut out its guts before youcut it up into pieces to eat?
I meet up with coyotes almost every day here. For the most part they try to avoid me so I have no issues with them. However, some of my neighbours raise sheep and chickens the beef cattle are able to defend themselves and they have lost more than a few of these to coyotes or wolves or foxes or fishers etc.
I have several CG coats. They are good coats. I can afford any coats I want, why not have a good coat that supports our friends across the border? I am a cold person and needed a coat that did not leak feathers as some of the cheaper ones do , and also one that is classic and will give me many years of wear.
I really did my homework well here, and discovered that Quartz Nature makes all their outerwear right here in Canada. The quality is on a par with CG, but it is water resistant, and best of all, washable the Goose has to be dry — cleaned , and has the same amount of warmth as the CG Kensington.
There is no huge badge on the sleeve, but just a discretely stitched logo of the same colour as the cloth on the front. The coat is light and very warm, and brilliantly made. I took the Kimberley in a small, which still gives me room should I decide to wear a bulky sweater under it. I ordered it on line, and it arrived within four days. No, they are not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but they should give you ten plus years of warmth and wear, and the styles are simple and classic.
I could not be happier with my choice, and will be donating all those Chinese made cheaper jackets in my closet, to various charities. I now only need my beautiful QN coat. It has been the best investment we have ever made. She has been through mountains of winter jackets from a vast array of brands and none have stood the test of time nor have they been warm enough for her we live in the north half of Ontario where it does actually get cold.
The people above that say that no innocent animals were killed in the process of making their non-Canada-Goose jacket are incredible and clearly naive.
You can be sure this jacket has not left Canada regardless of exploitation , and does not settle for cheap China-made components. I go to Western University currently in third year. All I saw around me were people wearing Goose Jackets, and as far I was concerned it was nothing but an expensive trend for lack of research.
I thought they were the stupidest things and the biggest wastes of money. Canada is a nation of foreigners. And I would venture that your assumption about none of the components being sourced from outside of Canada is wrong. I also noticed that there is more than a little hyperbole at the CG site. Nor is coyote fur the only material that would be effective at creating the turbulence around the facial area. And I also have a strong suspicion that most of the workers in the CG plant s? That may be what you have interpreted, but it is merely an educated opinion.
Reread my post and reconsider your words first of all. It could be Hutterites, someone who migrated to toronto and went north. They could be Chinese, brown, black or even purple. The way it is done in the north is a way of life for them and it has its roots all the way back to the fur trade.
And many trappers up there are European and Spanish. And, to add, Asian components on clothing have a reputation of being lower quality than that of Canada. The jacket lasts long, is warm and fashionable.
Well, my jacket has lasted me for 6 years so far and i in very good condition and continually keeps me warm and comfortable. I paid for mine. Including this winter it will have lasted me 7 years. Born and raised North of Sudbury and having spent my adult life bouncing around southern Ontario.
At 31 I have never bought a winter coat in my life. When I was 21 my Dad bought me a Columbia ski jacket for my birthday on sale for , still have it. I am more likely to put my money into sneakers than any other type of apparel but if my Southpole jacket ever dies I might consider it. My opinion of course. After years of purchasing cheaper coats, I have to say, CG might just be worth the price for all the reasons listed.
I started seeing the CG coats all over NYC lately and thought it might present a cruelty free option if it was so popular here. I have found the comments on this thread valuable in researching this product. Now, northern Canadians, be prepared to laugh….. Usually once the trends are done here they get copied and the original prices come down. I hope in this case it increases CG sales over time drives the price to more reasonable, and keeps people working.
Unfortunately there isnt a comparable option. If you think Northface, Patagonia, and Fjal Raven equivilants are nearly as warm or well made — you are mistaken. I cant even wear my Patagonia Tres below 35 degrees without layering. Northface and Patagonia do not sell a single product as warm or higher quality than a Canada Goose Chateau. Let me tell you one thing. They are watering down the features on their parkas, yet the prices keep on going up.
I noticed the disappearance of these features when I saw the Expedition Parka in person in a store and also online, plus the parka seems cheaper in construction when I compared it side by side with my Heli-Arctic. In conclusion, years ago Canada Goose had not hit the mainstream yet, and I was one of the rare ones who owned one.
North Face was a lot more popular then. My comment was polite, did not insult or use offensive language. It was a testimonial on topic, based on real life experience and hard facts. How and why would you block my comment then? If you did block my comment, you are clearly defending the brand. Hi, for some reason I just saw you accepted my previous comment. When I got home I saw my comment had not been accepted and it made me angry because it was on topic and relevant.
Based on past experience, I thought you might had blocked it because you were defending the brand and what not, which would be ok in itself however I felt like the moderation would have been unwarranted. Clearly you are not that type of person.
I should not be using the comment section to post this I think, sorry. Go online and look at the Quartz Nature range. Made in Canada, same down filling, and best of all, washable. You have the choice of different furs, fake fur or no fur. Lovely colours and designs and no huge status symbol badge. I have only had compliments when I wear my QN coat, and it is light and very, very warm, too. Price is slightly less than CG, but I have never regretted buying this brand whilst it is still low — key.
Go to their website and check it out. Love , love my QN! I live in Saskatchewan! I liked the idea of owning one of this parkas before I knew how much you had to shell out for one. My year old dollar Columbia winter coat is still in one piece and like new.
I still own one of the original Far West jackets from that was, at that time, made in Vernon B. This is by far the absolute best winter jacket I have ever owned. It looks worn but is still very much intact. As for Canada Goose…. You certainly get what you pay for. I assume they are authentic. Obviously, to those who choose to purchase one, it is a fair price. I understand the points that have been made regarding the cost associated with making a quality jacket that is very warm, wind proof and waterproof that will last for years, and thus, the relatively higher price.
The price set by the manufacturer is of course a business decision. That decision is based on a number of factors, including the cost, and the profit margin that the management and shareholders want to make given certain constraints with regard to price elasticity. In my view, the profit margin is very high, so those who rationalize their decision to pay that price should also recognize that they are lining the pockets of the shareholders of the business, who a laughing all the way to the bank.
Most people in winter are walking to and from some place or waiting for short periods at a bus stop or the like. In these situations another brand and a cheaper parka would suffice. As a wildlife photographer, I am often sitting in one place in degrees celsius for many hours with 80 kilometer winds. A Canada Goose parka would probably pay big time for me in these situations. I intend to purchase one for its utility rather than for fashion so I give a resounding yes to this coat!
It have kept me warm on my walks, live in Alberta, no regrets. This is a smaller company but with even higher quality jackets. Way more down fill and amazing huge coyote fur and beaver trimming. I truly enjoyed Toronto winter this year!
Bunch of my friends and colleagues actually bought their parkas from Arctic Bay as well. I am a big fan of this brand and recommend to all. It fits nicely, it comes to just above my knees. It is very comfortable. I am snug in it but not overly hot. When I was younger, I almost bought a fur coat until my cousin complained about sore shoulders after shopping in her mink.
Down coats are lovely in that respect. THIS, on the other hand, does —and does well. Best winter gear purchase I ever made. Trust me lady you dont know cold. These jackets are worth it. If you spent time working outside in —40 with the wind howling and icicles hanging off your eyelashes.
You would appreciate a good jacket. There worth more then any bicycle. And waiting for the bus? Ask someone who works outside for a living.
Im talking hours and hours outside. I lived in Manitoba for 3 years and definitely Canada Goose made a difference for me as I used to travel to northern Manitoba on emergency basis.
Since I moved to Calgary I have not used as much. For that weather you will need it. Second, if you work in an office these jackets are great because that will be what you will need under you work suit to get there. You do not need to be removing 2 additional layers after you get to the office to avoid getting toasty.
Quality is also expensive. In , when North Face was a serious company I bought a gore-tex ski parka. It still looks new and it works for what is intended, stopping the wind, element protection while being breathable! If you can afford it go ahead.
There are a few things to consider here; Firstly, the coat is Canadian made. Not only does that sustain a Canadian business, and subsequently, all of their suppliers but also remember they are paying Canadian wages to have this coat manufactured.
I live in Ontario, in the country. I was once of the opinion that North Face down, and Canada Goose were on the same playing field. After 3 winters of days with wind chill I can tell you that my down fill North Face coat got swapped off pretty damn quickly with my down fill ankle length North Face coat in a feeble attempt to not freeze to death on the way from my car to meetings. That was also an exercise in futility as within moments I was back to freezing my ass off. You would they were selling crap.
I think they were expensive before Kate Upton. For someone who moved froom a degree summer climate to a close to the north east Canadian border region; I almost died last winter. There are certainly other choices to be sure.
I care about ducks, etc like anyone else but human rights and suffering preoccupy my mind. Stop bashing people for how they spend their money.
Its their full price. Maybe because they are all wearing overkill stuff half of the year. Best deal is to have someone buy it for you then pay shipping with canadapost. Are there alternatives with an actually slim cut with high armholes and exceptional build quality?
Is it worth a premium for a coat that actually fits well while being functional and last a life time? It fits like a glove and I wish I could afford a new one as the old one has disclored from the uv rays….
I need different jackets to go thru the winter. I personally believe it is totally overated! CG coats are as beautiful as Channel bags. Fashion is like art. Function is important but outstanding of all in terms of brand, luxuriousness, recognition, etc. We should have more art kind of Canadian fashion brand like CG.
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