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Your plummeting mercury does not concern the Fitz Roy.

Remember the last time you literally froze to death sitting at a exposed belay while your partner spent three hours piecing together the last pitch? How about when you had to bivy in that howling ridgetop wind? The last traumatically arctic trip to the bar? Kiss 'em all goodbye and say hello to the Patagonia Fitz Roy Men's Hooded Down Jacket. It's ultra-lofty 800-fill goose down will keep you warm in the most frigid conditions, but don't feel bad for the geese—Patagonia used only fully traceable down from geese that were never force-fed or live-plucked. The superlight 20D nylon shell and nylon ripstop shoulders prevent tearing, and the shoulders are specially designed with a high-sheen Y-shaped yarn to increase the efficacy of the Fitz Roy's DWR coating.

Thought it's seriously useful as a an everyday cold-weather jacket, the Fitz Roy was designed for use in the alpine, and has technical features to prove it, like high hand pockets, a baffled helmet-compatible hood with a single-pull adjustment, and a drop-tail hem for extra coverage. It even comes with a self-fabric stuff sack, so you can pack it up and clip it to your harness if things ever warm up. The internal drop-in pocket holds, well, whatever you put in it, and the internal draft tubes keep cold air from creeping in through the zipper and ruining your toasty-warm party.

  • 20D nylon fabric with 20D nylon ripstop shoulders and a DWR coating
  • 800-fill fully traceable goose down
  • Two-way front zipper with internal draft tubes
  • Insulated helmet-compatible hood with single-pill adjustment
  • Two high hand pockets, one chest pocket, one internal drop-in pocket
  • Elasticized low-profile cuffs
  • Dual-adjust drop-tail hem
  • Self-contained stuff sack with clip loop

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Too warm most of the time

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'8"
    Weight: 190 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

I picked this up last year as a cosmetic 2nd from the local Patagonia outlet and only wish I could use it more. It's warmth-to-weight ratio is astounding and wearing it feels like you're wearing nothing at all while keeping you almost too warm. As any down parka should, this thing packs down to almost nothing, making it easy to throw in the pack for long days in the BC or any overnight trip. I still keep my DAS Parka around in case things get wet, but if it's wet snow or liquid precip, it's too warm for either of these jackets anyway. My only wish is that it didn't get so warm every day here in Tahoe during the winter. Above 20-25 degrees and this jacket is just too warm, so I wear it at night but have to switch it out during the day. Back home in my native New England though, we know a thing or two about real winters, and this parka would be all you kneed during those brutal arctic cold spells.

Fit is roomy for a large, but it's spot on for a down parka, as you're typically wearing it over other layers.


Absurdly warm --the real deal

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs large

It is almost scary how warm this jacket is given its light weight. As a native Southerner who lives in the Northeast and enjoys winter sports, this jacket has become almost literally a life saver. From hanging belays in the Canadians Rockies at -25F to quick runs out to the corner store with a tshirt as a base layer, this jacket is my go to when the mercury drops. There are a few important caveats with this jacket: the shell/lining is very lightweight; while I've found it to be surprisingly durable, there is definitely a tradeoff in terms of weight. Try not to snag it on trees and the like. Secondly, anyone in the market for a puffy should be mindful of the effects of moisture on down (vs primaloft or other synthetic). This is a very big/warm down parka that generally comes out when liquid water is not much of a concern, so I think down is the ideal material. I do use synthetics for less lofted puffy jackets.

The interior pockets on the Fitz Roy parka are nice and large, with room for multiple large water bottles or food. This comes in quite handy in extremely cold temps when keeping your food/fluids from freezing solid is a concern. The hood is plenty large to go over a helmet and several other layers (see photo), but it also cinches down tightly for use without a helmet. I feel like there is about an inch of down keeping my noggin warm when I use it in that manner...much appreciated when I forget a hat!

Photo: Bourgeau Left ice climb, near Banff, Canadian Rockies

Absurdly warm --the real deal

Thanks for the great review, this was exactly the info I was looking for. Im looking for a warm belay/winter camping parka with a good hood, for use in -20 to 10 degree F weather. Sounds like this would work!

Do you ever need to put it under a shell when the wind picks up? And if so, can it fit under a shell?

You would probably need a big shell to fit over this parka. What I would be more likely to do is put it on over my shell, although I don't know that I've ever done that. I have worn it over softshells and lighter puffy jackets quite a lot, though. The combo of this jacket over a couple other layers should do a pretty good job of blocking the wind.