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    Camosun Parka

    Whether you work in Chicago, New York City, or Munich, you need a warm and sleek winter jacket that doesn't make you look like a brick wall or an overstuffed tire. The Arc'teryx Men's Camosun Parka is a refined piece of urban outerwear with the warmth-preserving intelligence you'd expect from a company known for extreme-weather gear. Down and synthetic insulation work in harmony, keeping you warm without bulking you up, and the Gore-Tex shell with fully taped seams guarantee you won't arrive to work a rain-drenched, sweat-laden mess. High-loft European goose down cuddles your core and  arms for supreme warmth, while Coreloft insulation fills out the hood, hem, collar, upper sleeves, and underarms for reliable warmth in areas that are prone to getting wet.

    • A winter parka designed for urban environments
    • Gore-Tex shell delivers waterproof, breathable protection
    • Fully sealed seams protect down fill from heat-robbing moisture
    • Down insulation through body and arms keep core insulated
    • Water-resistant Coreloft insulation in areas prone to moisture
    • Detachable hood adapts to changing weather conditions
    • Arc'teryx specializes in streamlined clothing designs for mountain and urban environments
    • Item #ARC00C0

    Tech Specs

    N150p Gore-Tex Paclite 2L
    750-fill goose down, Coreloft (100g, 140g)
    fully sealed
    Center Back Length
    yes, removable, insulated
    [external] 2 zippered hand, [internal] 1 chest
    Claimed Weight
    2lb 1.3oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Perfect winter jacket for cities- warm

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: M
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    Support staff on the chat desk are all top notch!
    - Very warm... 10-20F are still fine
    - Light in weight
    - Clean looking
    - Great length - cover the upper thigh but not too long
    - Has a hood, and functional most of the time

    - Hood may not wok when windy... cannot hold in place

    Overall very happy about the purchase

    Camosun Order based on your measurements

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 168lbs

    First, let me say that the support staff on the chat desk are all top notch. I have purchased several garments for myself and my wife and seemed to always have a question about something. They answered my questions or actioned my orders with accuracy and speed. I thought I was talking with the pre-Cook Apple support desk.

    Anyway, to my point. I own several Arc'teryx base garments, all in large that fit well due to the cut of the garment. I did not consider ordering a size other than large until it arrived, and then realized the coat swollowed me up, it was way too large. I returned and replaced it for a medium and it fits perfectly. If you normally purchase large (tighter fitting) base garments do yourself a favor and measure your dimensions and order only that size. I am a 40" chest, 33" waist, and 34" sleeve. It fits like a custom tailored garment.

    Oh.. It satisfies my needs to keep me warm on our wet, windy, snowy, mixed rain and ice days here in NYC.

    Perfect jacket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: S
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    Fits great, keeps me warm & toasty in all conditions I've been in, and it's perfectly sized for me to be easy & comfortable to move around in. I've worn it snowshoeing with a backpack, scraping snow off a roof while on a ladder, and chopping firewood, and never once did I think the jacket had a fit that was getting in the way or making anything more difficult. Perfect (for me) amount of pockets. Frankly, the only complaint I have is that it's insulated so well and keeps me so warm that sometimes I have to take it off even in single digit & teen weather conditions if I have to be moving around.
    I bought S and it fits well over a S fleece I have, but with other brands, I usually size up. So I'd say it runs large, but I used the sizing chart provided and it got me the right size.

    Really good wet weather jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XS
    • Height: 5'5"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    I have seen a few people on here buy this as a Canada Goose alternative and as someone who owns a Canada Goose Langford Parka the two jackets just aren't comparable at all. Sure if you want to buy Arc'teryx for ethical reasons since their jackets don't include coyote fur so be it, but in my opinion a Langford Parka is simply a warmer jacket with it's massive amount of fill. Granted it is also a heavier, more expensive, and non waterproof jacket compared to the Camosun. I am 5'5, 140lbs, 29" waist, and normally wear a 34S suit and the jacket fits awesome with room for a pullover. The sleeves are a little longer for me with the storm guards and the jacket is a bit crinkly loud. The jacket is shorter than a CG Langford. I will say the Camosun is warm for how thin it is while being lighter than a Canada Goose, waterproof, and less expensive.

    Adequate but not the best

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 230lbs

    My overall appraisal of this jacket is that it's a stylish and warm winter jacket. I like the durable outer layer and it has proven to be sufficiently weather resistant. That being said....
    The downside, and reason I'm giving it 3 stars, is as follows:
    1. The fit is too slim/the waist to shoulder ratio is too far apart for me. The upper torso of the Large jacket fit me best, but the waist is too slim; however, with the XL, the waist was perfect but the upper torso was huge. I felt like a football player on the sidelines when they wear the trenchcoat over their pads. So, for me (6'1", 230lbs, 36 waist), I was disappointed that I couldn't find the right size.
    2. Too few pockets/storage options. There are two outer pockets and one small inner chest pocket. I personally like to keep my sensitive items inside the jacket (i.e. cellphone, wallet, etc..) so that I can warm my hands in the outer pocket. With this jacket that is not an option. And, yes, you can always just put your hands in the same pocket as your phone/wallet, but when it's wet snowing/raining out, the water slides down your sleeves and into those pockets so that's no longer an option.
    Hope this helps.

    Not especially warm

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: S
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    I'm not happy with this jacket. It's far less warm than I expected. I find I need to wear an additional jacket underneath when the temperature drops below 30. The hood is poorly designed, without any insulation. If you don't supplement it with a knit hat, you'll freeze. I bought this jacket because I didn't want to buy a Canada Goose and thought this look was more stylish anyway. Unfortunately it hasn't worked out for me. If you live in a truly harsh climate and run a bit cold (like me), this will not be enough as a standalone jacket if you spend a lot of time outdoors.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: small
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    I was looking for an Arcteryx jacket that provided the technical features of my Fission SV but looked more urban. This is the jacket! I'm so impressed by the quality of this jacket and the color (I got the blue). My first opportunity was to wear this jacket in -15 windchill weather. I wore a merino wool t-shirt and light midlayer and was out for 2 hours in the evening in the city with no problem. I saw comments on the hood. Agree that if more like the Fission it would be even better but I like the fact that it can detach. I'm 5'9" and 160, somewhat athletic build and got the small. Highly recommend this jacket if you have extreme weather conditions and want something that looks good and keeps you warm and dry.

    Great, warm stylish jacket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Xxl
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    We purchased this jacket at Christmas and have been wearing it ever since. This winter has been very cold here in the Midwest and no matter how low the temps went, all I needed was a t shirt underneath. When it gets to 35 or so, it’s too warm to wear but we haven’t had much warmth this winter. It’s roomy in the shoulders, has enough pockets, a decent hood , smooth silhouette . It was expensive but we can see having this jacket for a long time so believe it was worth it.

    Worth Every Dime!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    Typical Arc'teryx superior quality. Perfect urban all around parka that will keep out the cold, wet and wind. Superior protection from the elements. I have no issues with the hood and love that it can be removed. The cut is a perfect blend of modern style and function. I am 5'10" and 165 lbs and the size medium is perfect.

    Terrible hood, great jacket

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 154lbs

    Bottom line, I really, really, wanted to love this jacket, but the hood is terrible.
    I bought this as a biking/walking jacket for the winters here in Copenhagen (only 1.5 km bike commute so not much time to build up a lot of heat). This jacket is great in so many ways. It feels very warm, fits perfectly, and looks smart enough to wear to the office. I have a medium theta AR, but took a small in this one for the more fitted look - I can't imagine needing to layer under this one in our mild winters.

    But the hood....the hood is terrible. Unlike my Arc'tyrex theta AR, this hood does not seem to have a way to tighten (aside from the two side pulls). There is a pull in the back of the hood - but this only adjust how far forward/back the hood sits on the forehead. This means that every time I turn my head, the hood stays put, and I end up getting one eye full of the inside of my hood. I've had other lesser jackets like this and it drives me nuts.

    If you end up doing anything requiring the hood, and want to be able to see out of both eyes when your turn your head, this might not be for you. If they used the same hood system as the Fission SV, this would be perfect.

    Great Parka without the fur hood

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I was looking for a longer length parka to wear both casually and professionally to help fight the Midwest winters which can have both very wet snow and bitter cold. I had looked at some of the Canada Goose parkas and similar competitors but I felt like the fur hood stood out and wasn't as discrete as I would like for client or business meetings. I really like the small Arc'teryx symbol on the sleeve and no other markings/labels.

    As for fit, I am 5'9", 195 lbs with a 33" waist and got a Large (I basically have the same build as Julian Edelman minus an inch and a few lbs). I originally purchased the Medium and it actually fit really well when I had a t-shirt or a light layer on but I couldn't comfortably fit multiple layers or anything bulky like a suit or a sweater under it so I returned the Medium for a Large.

    I've had it for about a year now and it works exactly as I was expecting. It's very warm but not to the point where I worry about over heating. Water rolls off it without any issues. It blocks 100% of the wind and I love that the cuffs are longer on the the back of your hand vs the palm. Arc'Teryx makes bombproof stuff and this parka is no exception. I'd highly recommend it.

    Camosun Parka Men

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    It was my first purchase from Backcountry and I was not sure about the reliability. Please note that once ordered the editing/changes in the order can only be done by Backcountry online. I was very nervous as they could make changes or cancel the order. However the back country chat team was extremely helpful especially in placing and processing the order.
    About delivery it said two days. What they mean is that it will be shipped in two days and received by you in two days which I was expecting.
    Regarding the Camosun it is fantastic. It is beyond what I expected. It is a great dress Parka (black color) which you can wear anywhere. It is very warm. I ordered a Medium and the fitting was perfect. The exterior finish is also nice. It is not very hard/rough and not very smooth/shining like a down jacket. It is a fantastic jacket and I am really happy with my purchase. I recommend it wholeheartedly if you are looking for a dress Parka.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 172lbs

    If you're like me and it feels like you're looking for a jacket that may not exist, then take note: I wanted a Parka that was as warm as my best 800 fill technical puffy, waterproof and breathable, but looked like I bought it primarily cause it looked great with business casual to semi formal. You can find pieces of the afore described perfect jacket from NorthFace, Patagonia, Marmott, but not the whole Monty. Waterproof with synthetic down (never as warm or comfy no matter how much they use) or possibly 650 down fill (why must you skimp) but even then the style was usually wanting. Burton makes 2 jackets with 800 fill down and Gore-tex shell, but one was a standard parka with the ugly feaux fur, and looked like a standard LL Bean coat, the other was great but it totally looked like a snowboard jacket, which it was. Close but no cigar.

    I took a look at the Camosun because I never see Arc'teryx on sale, but the Camosun was on sale for exactly 3 days on, and after hours of searching reviews for one person to say that it really wasn't all that warm...not one review used those sentiments, quite the opposite in fact.The sizing: I am 5'9 and 172lbs and can take a large in most jackets or a medium if they run slightly big. The medium fits perfect. I was a little concerned because most people say the jacket runs large, and the 6'1 model that weighs 180 was wearing a medium and it looked like it was all the way down to his wrists. Plus others reviews who were my height but 150 lbs and below said they had to go with the small. The medium fits me perfect, not long on the arms, perhaps because my shoulders are broad for my size. It has an athletic cut so its slightly form fitting which adds to the warmth trapping but perfect room for layering if you get the right size for you. The warmth: I read reviews raving about how super warm this jacket was to be such a lightweight. However, at 2lbs 3 oz, this jacket is on the light side of parkas but calling it lightweight is misleading. It feels super substantial and although the Burton AK L2 LZ Down jacket had 800 fill and felt slightly puffier and overall heavier, there is obviously something to the down mapping that Arc'teryx touts because this coat traps the heat like nothing I've felt before. Would I love for Arc'teryx to go all the way with this jacket and go with their 850 fill instead of the current 750? Absolutely, and I would without hesitation pay another $100 for that, but hey Arc'teryx isn't lying when they say its one of the warmest pieces they make. I haven't had it long enough to give temperature ratings but based on my initial wearing, I'm thinking I'll be fine with a short sleeve polo down to 20 F or lower before layering and I run naturally cold. I was able to find the total volume of down in my quest for information on its warmth, its 105 grams, and that's total grams not g/meter squared. The product expert at Arc'teryx said the Therme Parka has 120 grams and is a little warmer. Perhaps because its a little longer? If there's no reason then why did they supposedly improve on this product from the Therme Parka and make it less plush/warm? In conclusion, the Camosun looks incredible with jeans to business attire, even the embroidered symbol on the left shoulder looks classy. Its warmth is second to none of any jacket I've ever experienced, outside of a high end expedition type Parka. As others have said it has a standard oversized hood that I'm guessing could fit over a helmet should you ever need it, wish they would develop an urban hood that was smaller. The hood uses coreloft as the head is prone to sweat and it retains heat when wet, but as an urban piece I'd prefer true down and a bit more insulation in the hood. BUT, other than those small wish items this jacket is PERFECT!

    Just got it!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'12"
    • Weight: 181lbs

    Just got it yesterday and worn it twice, will share my initial impression and update later on.

    Things I liked:
    - It's light. Like you wouldn't believe how light. In terms of weight, not warmth.
    - The color is dark rich blue, I'd call it dark navy, but I'm a guy, thus a very limited range of color names.
    - Seams on the outer shell are virtually non-existent. So thin that with a lighting in my apartment I couldn't even spot them at first and had to look closely to find them.
    - Zipper feels heavy and reliable as well as the entire zipping area. The flap on the inside is tough and rigid, the way you want it.
    - Outer pockets are perfect size for the sleeve to go in and there is almost no gap left, so your hands are completely sealed off. You can see it was designed with this in mind.

    Things I didn't like:
    - It bulks around the waist and, unlike on the pictures, there is no waist line. It looks like I have a beer belly, which I don't.
    - Hood design is ridiculous. It is literally designed like a box of near cubic shape and there is no point to all that extra room, no head is shaped like this or sized like this.
    - Hood adjustments. The back puller barely works and sucks itself back in. I might have a faulty fixer-holder thingy, idk. I got the hang of the side pullers and they do improve the shape and size of the hood, but it still does not look nearly as neat as a casual jacket requires. And relaxing side pullers takes more time and effort than I would like.
    - Inside pocket zipper slider is ver small. I have to pinch it with the tips of my fingers to pull it and I have extremely normal size hands. Having a piece of garment like on the front zipper or just a bigger slider would help.
    - I can't imagine zipping outside pockets on any occasion and I'm afraid that having zipper there might scratch up the sleeves when I put them in. I believe a magnet or a flap would have been a better solution.

    Things I didn't expect:
    - It does make a noize, but since the jacket is so light thats the only thing that reminds you you are wearing it at all.
    - The neck is much wider than I expected. I've read a lot of reviews saying it's too tight. It's not and you really need a scarf or a gater to fill the space. In terms of width I can easily lower my head up to my nose into the neck.
    - The neck doesn't make a noise or gets stuck against the chin, but that might be due to Movember providing an additional layer.

    It is a solid jacket, superb craftsmanship, and I expect it to stand well to the elements. However, I'm dissappointed in how little thought went into the features. Yes, it has trademark Arc'teryx technology and quality that is universal across other Arc'teryx jackets, but it feels like no further thought went into making it a true urban jacket. I feel like quite a few things could have been improved at almost no cost.

    - Had a chance to test it out on a couple of chill rainy days. It does a beautiful job. Water beads up into tiny drops that could be easily shaken off.

    Great jacket for city living

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    This jacket just arrived two weeks ago from Backcountry! Fantastic fit. I'm 5'7 and 150 lbs and the small fits perfectly. It hasn't been cold enough down south yet to wesr around much. Wore it when it was 28 one night with just a shirt and was plenty warm. I'm moving to OH in January and wanted a warm jacket for work and this fits the bill. It looks very polished. Cold air does creep up the bottom, but in really cold weather I expect to layer some. Really happy with the purchase. I have included a picture. Sorry for the bathroom selfie. FYI I have a sports coat on underneath this photo, so will fit a sports coat perfectly.

    Update: ok, I have had this jacket now through the winter season. Love love love this jacket. I wear it everyday to work, it keeps me completely dry when it's raining and in the 40's, and completely warm and dry when it's snowing. The pockets are great. Everyday I stuff my George sized wallet, keeys, gloves, and cell phone in the front pocket, they are deep and roomy. I do still feel a little draft when I only have a button down underneath and it's below 20, but I have room to layer and with layers the draft is no issue. Even though I usually wear it to work, it does great out on a little trail walk. Wore it today in heavy snow and it stayed warm and dry the whole time. I still don't particularly like the hood. It just looks stupid synched down and isn't city like. Looks more like I'm alpine climbing, but it's functional none the less. Added some more photos.

    Great jacket for city living

    had to give a thumbs up for the "George sized wallet" haha. thanks fot the review. I've been searching in vain for a cold-weather coat that is stylish and not bulky, and still warm to 0 degrees or so. oh, and with a hood that looks good when laying flat. (I have 99 first world problems and a good hood is definitely one). of course I live in ohio too, so I can't buy this same coat now. I mean, we'd look like idiots!

    Unanswered Question

    Ok, I think I am b/t a medium and a large. My chest is a 43 but my waste, arms, hips are a medium. This will be used for casual outdoor, football games, to and from work related functions, so I can and will layer. Can I get away with a medium or will it be tight?