Celebrity caliber warmth and style.
- The 625-fill white duck down gives you an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio so you stay warm without carrying extra weight
- Coyote fur lining around your hood blocks the wind and holds warmth around your face, and you can remove it for easy cleaning
- Removable hood with Velcro-secured collar protects your head from the cold, and you can leave it behind when you want a more streamlined look
- Calf length cut warms you all the way from head to leg
- Recessed elasticized rib-knit cuffs seal out cold air so your arms stay warm
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I've been looking at buying a Mystique Parka for a trip to Europe in December 2012. I feel the cold so want something ultra warm.
I'm 6'1" tall and weigh approx 140lbs and I don't know what size to go for. Is anyone able to tell me the actual measurements of a size medium? I'm trying to get the measurements of:
- sleeve length (from shoulder to cuff)
- shoulder width
- chest width (from under the armpit across)
Being so tall but small framed I'm struggling to figure out what size to go for and because I live in Australia I have to purchase online so cannot try it on.
I know this is super late and you probably already have the jacket, but I will try to answer. I am 5'11" and 155 lbs and went with the xl, because of the sleeve length. To me, there's nothing worse than short sleeves on a really cold day. I could have gone with the large,was it not for the sleeves. I am usually a large in everything else. The safest thing to do is to try to find a local retailer of canada goose products and try one on for sizing, so you can make that determination. I would not go smaller than L, if i were you. CG sizes generaly run smaller than in other clothes in us and canada..if that helps.
How long is coat, and what size for a size 6 dress?
Small should do the job. Depending on how much you intend to layer underneath, you may want to size up or down.
This coat is warm. You won't have any problem with the cold with this, but it has some serious faults for the price. First, it is VERY VERY heavy. You feel like you are wearing lead. 2nd, you can't wash it. IT MUST be dry cleaned, and it can only be dry cleaned so many times in its lifetime, otherwise you ruin the protective spray coating. ANd, down needs to be washed now and again, it can pack down, matt with sweat, and you need to refluff it. LAST, the one I had, broke micro holes in the seams of the sleeves, only after a few wears, looked like the material rubbed on the material at my side, and broke down, but after only 4-5 times? ALSO, canada goose as a manufacturer, is out dated, they don't revamp their technology or listen to product defaults, suggestions, like they live in their own world. SO beware, a lot to pay for some serious misgivings.
-I bought a Mystique coat for my girlfriend for a two weeks trip in Siberian cities in December/January. It was not available in size and color from backcountry.com so I went with another authorized retailer.
Siberian temperatures were a constant - 20 C during the day and - 25 C during the night, rarely windy, dry. We would spend the most of the day walking around.
We wore underneat a thick fleece and very warm boots.
I had myself an Canada Goose Expedition Parka bought for the same occasion, so I will spend a few words about that as well.
The Mystique coat is very warm overall, the warmest coat she ever had. It does the job. I would not go to Yakutzk at -40C with it, but for -20C / -25C is ok.
It is also rather stilish, despite the necessary bulk. Black makes it look thinner, and the cut follows the woman shape. The fit is average, not too thin, not too thick.
Very nice hand fleece cuffs inside the sleeves, which save your hands if you have no gloves with you.
Outer fabric is not one of the fancy hi-tech ones but functional and very tough, like the ones of other Canada Goose coats. We had no chance to try the waterproofness, but you would not buy or wear this coat for when it rains.
The VERY BAD:
THE HOOD IS HORRIBLE. Differently from 99% of fur-lined hood, the fur trim does not go all the way down to the base of the neck, it's just some sort of a top-crown. This leaves the sides of the face and the chick-bones completely exposed, together with a cut in the fabric apparently designed to allow to lower the removable hood (why would you want to remove the hood in a coat like this??). See picture, any breeze would blow straight to the exposed skin causing her frost-nips on the chick bones! At some poiunt she had to wear a balaclava underneat, but it was too late for her skin. Of course we tried to adjust the wire that runs along the fur trim, but there is no way to seal the sides of the face, and no strings to pull. BAD HOOD!
After the trip it was too late to return the coat to the store as it showed signs of wear. I brought the issue to the attention of Canada Goose. They returned my several calls and emails weeks later, and eventually did not aknwoledge the problem, despite seeing this picture. I spoke with several people there. I offered to pay for a fix or alteration, or asked them to sell me some of their black fabric to alter the hood myself, and they would not do it. They even said that any alteration would have void the warranty. They only offered to inspect it (shipping on me, I am in the US, they are in Canada) for possible warranty claims, but they confirmed the hood is the way it is and no alterations would me made. Bad attitude to not even aknwoledge your own design faults Canada Goose, sorry! If you want to leverage the "Made in North America" thing versus the "made in China", you should be more flexible and understanding in cases like this.
The Mystique coat, like most other Canada Goose coats (I bought an Expedition for the same trip, and returned it, see below), has a baffled "sawn-through" construction: you take a flat piece of fabric, put down on it, then a second flat piece of fabric, and saw them together with a pattern to creat pockets to secure the down in place. Then Canda Goose adds a third loose layer of flat fabric: a tough one outside in the Expedition, and a liner inside in the Mystique. This makes so that there is no down-thickness along the stitches, zero, so you will feel lines of cold along them in very cold conditions which is, huh, what these coats are marketed for, isn'it? This is acceptable for thinner down jackets, but it is not what any other manufacturer of mid-weight to thick-weight mountaneering parka do (MH, FF, Marmot, Montbell): these other parkas have a 3D-baffled construction, with internal vertical "walls" of fabric to separate the pockets, to guarantee full thickness of down everywhere. Neither the Mystique coat nor the Expedition feature 3D baffles, reason why I returned my Expedition because of cold arms and cold lines around the stiches (mind I was wearing Polartec 300 underneat). Again Canada Goose did not aknwoledge the problem for that either, they only offered to take it in for warranty inspection, when it is clear that it is not a warranty problem but a design feature that it is not fixable. Thanks God the store took my Expedition back as it was very aware of the problem, as they received other similar complaints.
- the pockets have only a thin layer of fleece to warm your hands, no down. Same for the Expedition.
- both these coats are very bulky and heavy, more than they should, and do not pack well. If you travel from a not-so-cold city to a cold one, you drag a monster of down and fabric with you, that will occupy the seat next to you or the entire airline luggage compartment, when it is not mopping the floor, it's huge.
- Canada Goose does not use "goose down", but duck down. So it should be called "Canada Duck". They do say it clearly though. And for all their coats but the Snow Mantra, they use 625 or 650 fill, sort of mid-quality. For these prices, they could use higher fill down (750 or 800, but hey, there is no 800 duck down available, only goose) and make their coats warmer and/or ligther, which would not hurt.
I and my gf are not aware nor we tried any other coat specifically cut for women overall as warm as this one (I suspect there may be some out there).
Would she buy it again? Not with other options, she absolutely hates the hood, and we are planning to have it altered by a local taylor, voiding the warranty.
The coat could be warmer with extra down in the upper torso and 3D baffled construction. When you buy a super heavy and bulky $650 coat, I believe you can have a extra couple of onces of down.
Myself, I returned the Expedition and bought without a second thought a Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero, 3D baffled construction, 800 fill parka, way warmer and lighter than the Expedition and packs small, although more delicate when you wear it.
Hope it helps.
I've had this coat for 3 months now and I bought it specifically because I was moving to Montreal, Canada. Don't be fooled by the negative reviews. Provided it is sized properly, if you are not warm in a real Canada Goose jacket (there are plenty of fake ones out there), then I don't think anything will keep you warm. Growing up in Canada, I've had plenty of jackets and this is the warmest I've ever had. Downtown Montreal is a wind tunnel and it gets below 0F. I've been walking 1 hour everyday in the winter and I'm never cold!
Hi. What is length of this coat from shoulder to hem in inches, please? Thanks
Center Back Length: [M] 50in
*To convert to other size, +/- 1" per size.
This jacket was the only down coat I could find that was mid-calf length and had special sleeves so the cold doesn't seep up your arms. My old down coat wasn't up to par for Chicago winters but this jacket is perfect. The hood is deep enough that it actually stays on and doesn't fall off if you have a bulky scarf on underneath. I only wish they had a size small when I ordered because this jacket does run big. But it was worth the money and I am still glad I have it to get through the winter despite the fact that a size medium is a little too big for me (I'm 5'6" and 140). I disagree with the other reviewer who said that the arms don't keep you warm- I actually get hot walking around in this jacket most days!
Everybody loves this jacket, including me. Yes, it's a bit bulky and long. But it will definitely keep me warm all through the Scandinavian Winter.
Don't be afraid to buy a smaller size, it is big.
It's really great for those mid-winter parties and New Years, because you can get away with wearing almost nothing underneath. Me like! :)
I bought this jacket in July and couldn't wait to try it in cold weather. I also live in Chicago and yesterday the temperatures here fell to 25F with wind chill 14F. I wore a short sleeve t-shirt and a 3/4 sleeve thin, cotton shirt on top, and of course my new parka over it. And I wasn't cold at all! Everything is well insulated so the wind doesn't penetrate. I felt like I was wearing a duvet. The hood is fantastic - the fit is snug but not tight, so it will never blown off your head. With all my old winter jackets when it got windy, and it is a frequent occurrence in Chicago - I had to hold my hood in place (and had frostbites on my hands), otherwise the wind would blow right through it and off my head (I don't like wearing hats).
The only thing that bothered me a little was rather tall collar, and it is quite stiff - if I zipped it all the way up, which would be nice as a scarf wouldn't be necessary, it was forcing my chin up and it was hard to tilt my head down. I wanted to avoid my face touching the collar, as I hate when over time my make up ends up on the clothes. So, I opted for keeping it slightly unzipped in my neck area, and I was still very warm.
I'm sure I will figure out how to deal with the collar a bit better by the time the temperatures here reach sub zero. Then, I anticipate, I will probably have to upgrade the t-shirts underneath for something thicker, but it won't be 6+ layers that I used to wear.
I also like how this jacket makes me look slim comparing to other brands and jackets of that bulk. Yes, it has some bulk as winter jacket should, but at the same time it is snug and you don't have to wear so many heavy layers underneath.
I've lived in Chicago and I agree, it gets cold...but I live in Minnesota now and the cold here beats the pants off Chicago.
This coat is absolutely functional. The knit cuffs are comfortable and keep drafts out. The outer pockets are lined with fleece and very cozy...I am confused about the previous post, because I myself only have two hands so don't much see the point of having more than two hand pockets...????? The length is just right, especially if you're going to be out walking about. I've worn this coat to hockey games and when I sit down, the part that's not zippered will unfortunately let the chill creep in. I don't consider that a defect, either. The hood is another nice touch, really blocks the draft.
I want a jacket just like this one, apart from the real fur trim. Does anyone know a similar coat to this, but with faux fur?
Yes, try Sunice which has faux fur.
Just bought one for 1/4 of the price of the Canada Goose as it was on 50% sale (older model than one found on their web, mine has diamond pattern)
My husband thinks I should get the Canada Goose instead so been looking to see if I should get that instead and I don't think I will.
I'm also considering North Face which has 700 down fill which more than the canada goose for 1/2 the price. Has no fur.
(the Sunice has 500 fill and 80 down and 20 feather)
I bought this coat today and will be returning it. I live in Chicago without a car and need a coat that is impervious to the elements and that keeps me very warm when the temperature drops 20 degrees in an afternoon.
My previous coat was perfect in this regard--it never ever let me down, even in -30 degree winter. AS it was stolen the other day, I wanted to replace it with nothing less than the best money could buy.
After doing much research, I settled on the Canada Goose Mystique parka, which I must say is a very nice, slim-fit, well-made coat, but somehow isn't warm enough.
I wore it out for a test walk in 23 degree F weather, and my arms were very cold after 5 minutes. I felt the wind right through the coat, mostly in my limbs (my torso stayed warm). I even had a wool sweater underneath. The bottom flare was bulky and didn't keep my legs as warm as I would have wished. For $625, I would think that it would be lightweight AND warm enough for sub-zero temps. But it is certainly not a coat for anything under 30 degrees. It amazes me that Canada Goose would make such a long coat and not fill it with enough down to make such a bulky item worthwhile.
I am going with the Marmot Chelsea coat, which is half the price and much, much warmer (according to reviews on this site).
how come none of your women's jackets seem to come in anything other than white?
Clearly you're not looking hard enough. There are tons of jackets not in white.
I am going nuts trying to find a replacement long down ladies coat for a 7 year chalet coat (which they forgot to fill with down in their new version). All of the coats I've sent back are lacking loft/fill. I was beginning to think I was going to have to design my own when I noticed the Ladies Mystique Parka. I hesitate to buy it after I saw it was designed for 1) a movie star who evidently didn't go far from her set or stay outside for more than 20 minutes 2) there are only 2 hand warmer exterior pockets on the outside. Those 2 factors alone are a turn off and could possible keep me from buying this coat in the future. The warmth factor is always a secret until you wear and test it yourself.
The (Canada Goose) Expedition & Resolute coats for ladies look great but the short length requires the use of snow pants with it as you wait long periods for a bus/train or work-out your dogs in any cold northern climate.
Any chance you'll be offering the Mystique in the future that has more serious features... like more exterior pockets? Fashion is also nice but this great coat will be worn for years; long after this yearâs tight-fitting/show-off-the-bust style has vanished.
Would you like me to redesign this coat for you - I have a good sense of humor? It would be simple. 1) Relax the fit 2) put on 2 lower bigger exterior pockets 3) Make sure you have the goose down in the coat that allows for zero temps and this would be a sensational coat for any serious outdoor woman and well worth the price; i.e. my ideal coat.
Is the Canada Goose Mystique Parka - Women's available in black.
Not in stock right now.
Is this coat waterproof?
How long is the jacket? Is it 3/4 or full length
Full length. Center Back Length: [M] 50in
What if any department store carries it?
what is the power fill of the down?
Having worn the coat in 25-30 degree weather and experienced the wind right through the coat, I think this must not be true. The fill is very thinly packed.
625 fill power white duck down