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Cozy warmth for the chilliest days.

When just walking a few blocks to the coffee shop feels like an Arctic expedition, slide on The North Face Women's Arctic Down Parka to warm your bones. Its HyVent 2L fabric is waterproof and breathable so you stay dry and comfortable while you stroll through snowy storms, and the 550-fill down insulation boosts your body warmth even on frigid January and February days.

The Arctic Down has a regular fit with a knee-length trench cut to warm your knees all the way up to its insulated hood. The hood is adjustable so you can cinch it down when the winds really start to blow, and the faux fur is removable. Its inner fleece cuffs feel super cozy next to your wrists, and an internal media pocket and cord guide let you enjoy your tunes while you explore the city.

  • HyVent 2L (nylon herringbone) shell
  • Recycled polyester taffeta lining with DWR treatment
  • 550-fill down insulation
  • Knee-length
  • Adjustable, insulated hood with removable faux fur
  • Inner fleece cuffs
  • Zipped chest and hand pockets, internal media pocket with cord guide

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1 5

Sleeves Too Short

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

I'm a 5' 10" 135lb lady, so I am on the tall and lanky side. I wanted to get a parka that was long enough to cover me with some extra room around the middle for additional layers (I'm coming from a mild climate to a cold climate, so I know I'll need to adjust to the weather.) The medium seemed like a good bet! The length shoulders to knee was acceptable and the jacket was truly as warm and wonderful in craftsmanship as described, but the sleeves were just too short :-/ When I lift my arms, the sleeve drops down further than even a long glove would cover.
Going to have to return it, which is a shame because everything else about it is truly wonderful!

3 5

Very warm, but bulky fit

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

Coat was very warm, loved the fur trip on the hood. However, the lower half seemed to bell out in an exaggerated way that made it seem bulky rather than giving me shape. I'm 5'11" and a size 10, bought a Large. It fit really well in the shoulders and had great length, but I ended up returning because the overall fit wasn't flattering.

2 5

Snug in the shoulders, too roomy in hips

I'm usually a size 6/8. The sz small coat was snug in the shoulders and a little roomier in the bottom half than I'd like. I returned it and ordered the medium. This time the top was fine but there was way too much room on the bottom. Sleeves were too long in both sizes. Other than that, the color is beautiful and on trend. Very warm coat. Wish it worked out.

4 5

Fashion and function

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Finally found a coat that looks good but is also functional. Took it for a "test drive" in Chicago in February (I live in Maryland) and got lots of compliments from friends. The outer waterproof fabric kept the coat from getting wet in the snow. The fur trimmed hood is tight (not loose!) and kept the snow/wind away from my face (the fur trim can be flipped up or down based on need). I am 5'2" and weights 115 lbs and got the XS. I liked the tighter fit of the XS compared to the Small because it keeps me warmer. The coat falls just below my knees, and paired with some knee high boots, I'm covered from head to toe. Just wished North Face made this coat even thicker/with more down but I think it's because I get cold easily and no coat (however thick) will do the trick.

5 5

warm, cute

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I would have kept it in black, but white was going to get makeup all over it, so I returned it.
I did try this for a few days in 0F with wind at night and I was still very warm. The double zipper is so clutch and the adjustable hood is really nice too. There isn't a kick pleat in the back of the coat though, so unless you unzip from the bottom some, you're stride may be effected some. The length is at my knees (I'm 5'3"). The fit is a little bulky but the shape is still there.

5 5

Fantastic coat

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

Love this coat! Warm, fits great, and its cute! I'm kind of in-between small and medium so I went down to small and it fit perfectly. Love the snug cozy feel and the fur hood. Super happy with my purchase!!!

How to wash parka? I heard using powder...

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How to wash parka? I heard using powder detergent was good but then heard its bad. My parka is white and I dnt want to leave stains or residue

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So there are a couple of things you can do... One- you can follow what TNF says to do, which is this: "Periodic cleaning of down jackets is essential to maintaining maximum loft and ensuring the long life of the product. Though it is possible to wash your own down product, we recommend that you have your jacket or sleeping bag professionally cleaned by a service that specializes in cleaning down. If you do not have a cleaning service in your local area, you may send your product to the Warranty Department, and request that we send it to our cleaning service." Let it be made clear that anytime you clean down clothing, it will be a slight investment of time and money, no matter what. However, other websites of different down clothing manufacturers (insert any number of outdoor outfitters here) advocate either sending it in or washing it yourself carefully according to a carefully delineated plan that they themselves proffer. In either case, if you don't believe that you are comfortable attempting the task, I would recommend sending it to TNF to just let them take care of it.

5 5

Awesome Coat

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

So my wife really wanted the Metropolis, which was sold out. Personally I like the more downplayed style of this coat, and the same day we got it I saw no less than 8 metropolis' in one trip to the store. It is not super puffy and looks great on her. She got a ton of compliments. Her only complaints are that for anything over 30 degrees the coat is too warm and that its hard to zip because it is so long. Both good things!

I weigh 188 what size would be best for...

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I weigh 188 what size would be best for me

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Hey Stacy,

It's not so much weight to consider when selecting a size, it's the measurements for the sleeves, bust and waist.

Reference the sizing chart above or simply use this link I provided below:

http://bit.ly/1bieaVP

Hope this helps!

5 5

worth every penny

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This coat is exceptional. I wore it in 30 degree weather and 5 degree weather. I was completely warm. The fit was spot on and I love this coat so much, I hate to see winter go. The hood is a little oversized which is great when the wind kicks up. I imagine if you are a pear shaped body, you might need to order one size larger than normal. Overall I would recommend this coat to people in northern states and alaska.

2 5

Odd Shape

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

Odd shape - narrow in shoulders and chest and wide puffy on below the waist making it appears as if you gained 20 lbs. instantly. Definitely a warm and well-made coat on the other hand. Backcountry makes purchasing (received item in less than 48 hrs.) and returning almost easier than going to the store. I will definitely purchase again from Backcountry.

5 5

love this coat

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This coat is awesome not only is it warm and worth every dime I paid for it. I get lots of compliments. Fits great only one thing I wish they would make this a little longer. Despite it all I would rate 5 stars.

5 5

Loving it in -42 weather

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

I'm so glad I got this coat when the weather forecast said Chicago was getting to the 40 below. It fits nice because it doesn't make me look like the Michelline man. It's warm, fashionable and doesn't create a lot of static. I wish it was other color than white, but actually white is working out with all the snow and salt dust hanging to my car. I recommend this coat to anybody who needs to be warm outside but also has to dress light for the hot oven office :-(
Nice coat. Thank you TNF for a good quality product.

5 5

Worth every penny

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

After living in Boston for 3 years, I finally shelled out the money for a serious winter coat, and I have never been more glad to part with $300. It has kept me so warm and cozy during these terrible temperatures this winter while everyone around me is shivering (and I'm usually the one complaining of the cold!). The warm hood and the fact that it comes all the way down to my knees makes such a difference. And I like that it has a smooth outer layer--I don't feel quite so much like a giant marshmallow. I was debating between a medium and a small and am glad I went with the medium. It fits comfortably with a thick sweater under it (not that you even need one with this coat) and I don't have any concerns about it being too small at the bust or the hips. Olive color is beautiful and stands out a bit in a city of all black coats. If you are like me and always cold in the winter, I cannot recommend this coat highly enough.

2 5

Disappointing!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I originally bought a North Face Arctic Park back in 2011, and I loved it to death (literally). I decided to buy a replacement, but when it arrived, I was so disappointed to discover that the company had completely changed the design in the meantime. The coat was practically flat, not cozy or fluffy the way the previous one had been, and it didn't keep much of the wind out. The sizing must have also changed, because the sleeves in the size M were much shorter and the shoulders much narrower than in the previous coat I'd owned. Plus, the material was also different - instead of matte black, it was sort of...shiny and cheap-looking.
Two stars because it's technically still a functional winter coat if you wear enough layers underneath, but that's not really what I was going for. I would've sent it back, but I'm living overseas at the moment and had a family member bring it for me. Such a bummer!

5 5

Warmest coat ever

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I purchased four coats for my daughter to choose from. These coats were similar in style and price. During the trial (front porch and yard in freezing cold on Christmas morning), this coat was clearly the best in terms of quality and most of all warmth. Recently, my daughter told me she wore the coat while walking around town apres' ski and was warm and happy in the biting cold.

4 5

Satisfied

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Love this jacket! Needed a warm winter jacket for walking around in the city (NYC) / commuting to & from work. Also wanted one that was snow and waterproof. I am 5 '4 and about 120lbs and the XS fits great. It's snug. I think I could probably get away with a Small too but it might not be as warm since it would be a little bit more loose. The only thing I wish I could change is the hood is on the larger side and gets in the way of seeing... If not for the hood, I would rate this 5 stars.

Which size would you recommend for a 5'0"...

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Which size would you recommend for a 5'0" 130lbs woman?

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If you go to The North Face website, you can use their specific size advisor and it helped me out a lot! It even shows how the coat will fit in certain areas of your body like chest, waist, hips, etc. Just search for "Arctic Parka" and there will be a Size Advisor link on the page!