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Urban style meets technical heritage.

Fight off rosy-nose temps by donning the urban-styled Patagonia Wanaka Men's Down Jacket, which'll cloak you in fully traceable 600-fill duck down and a water-resistant 2-layer H2NO Performance Standard fabric and DWR coating. You'll look like a boss on the wintery walk to work, as the Wanaka fights off snow and sleet and traps heat with its removable insulated hood, drop tail, and stand-up collar. Gusseted underarms make it a simple proposition to hail a cab or give someone a high-five when they compliment your style, and plenty of pockets hold your phone, hands, and secret treasure maps.

  • Nylon and polyester with 2-layer H2NO Performance Standard laminate
  • DWR coating
  • Fully traceable 600-fill duck down
  • Removable, insulated hood
  • Gusseted underarms
  • Four external pockets and one internal pocket
  • Stand-up snap collar and drop-tail hem
  • Front zipper with snap storm flap and snap-closure cuffs

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Looks good.

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'7"
    Weight: 160 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

Received this jacket last night just in time for our first winter storm. First impressions - the jacket looks good and fits me perfectly with a little room for layering, the sleeves however run a little big. The outer shell has a good quality feel to it as this jacket is waterproof and windproof. Sufficient insulation from the duck down fill to keep you warm. Plenty of pockets for your belongings. Good size hood, they usually run a bit too big for me. I'm very much looking forward to wearing this thing to and from work.

I'm looking for something to use primarily for work, to and from customer sites, and some travel to the North West this winter for work trips. On some occasions I will be wearing this in over a shirt and tie (Possibly even a suit) during the winter months, can anyone comment how it handles going on over layers? I'm also looking at the NAU Blazing Down Jacket, but they both seem very similar.


This jacket would be great for you for how you're describing your needs. It'll layer well over a shirt and tie, and look sharp while still being warm and waterproof.


Solid jacket

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I live in the Mid-Atlantic, and wanted a good, insulated waterproof coat for commuting - walking, biking and motorcycling. I could not be more pleased with the Wanaka. It is super warm and I've been really impressed how windproof it is, even riding at 40 mph in high winds and temps in the 20s. I do wish it was little slimmer, but there is plenty of room to layer.


Great Jacket and Great Cust Serv

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Where do I began...long story short, I tried out a total of 7 jackets and ended with this one. A transplant from the south and now living in the Northeast, I knew I needed something that would keep me dry and warm. I wanted something waterproof, snowproof, windproof, and warm, and not a ski jacket. This jacket is basically unstoppable in cold weather, even when its snowing, the snow is no match for this thing. Of course, quality is phenomenal as is usual with Patagonia products. The particular qualities I like about the jacket are the outer shell: I tried out a north face triclimate and it attracted a ton of pet hair and other things, whereas this one doesn't. I also like the fact it is not a 3-in-1. While it's slightly bulkier, it's nice not to be managing 10 zippers and an inner liner. This is the type of jacket you can just slip on easily and take off easily. In terms of bulkiness, I'd say it's medium. It is heavy, but on those cold days, you are super pleased with the warmth it provides. I compared this jacket with NF triclimate snow, MH quadfecta, Marmet Njord, and this jacket definitely won. The others were either too bulky or more snow oriented.

I also have to say how good backcountry customer service is! They were more than willing to send me 3 jackets at once for me to try on, and return the 2 I did not like. Thanks backcountry!!

i know you said you were more in the martket for a jacket thats not snow/ski oriented. but do you think this jacket would perform well for snowboarding? i understand its a bit bulky, but most down jackets are and i'm more than ok with dealing with that for the warmth of down fill.

What's the difference between this jacket and the Patagonia Hawke's Bay jacket? Only difference I can find is that the Hawke's Bay is lighter.

Best Answer

chatted with the gear heads and they said; the hawkes has a poly, nylon blend so its stronger and lighter. that along with more pockets and slight styling.

Thanks for the info. I know that the Hawke's Bay is slightly slimmer fitting and that the Wanaka is advertised as having a liner. They supposedly have the same type and amount of down. But you were the first person who has helped me understand the main difference in these jackets, which probably also explains the difference in price.