Frozen Range 3-In-1 Parka
Patagonia calls it their “pinnacle parka,” but the Frozen Range 3-in-1 offers much more than your average parka. Designed for winter warmth and superior weather protection, this jacket can handle wintry weather with ease while the detachable layers separate to offer year-round versatility. The two-layer Gore-Tex shell offers breathable wet weather protection while the down liner insulates your core against the cold.
Wear the layers paired for protection against winter’s dreaded blizzards or separate the layers for extended use in spring and fall. The Gore-Tex shell keeps you dry and comfortable on rainy spring mornings grabbing coffee downtown, while the down liner jacket layers over chunky sweaters for travel adventures in the fall. Using simple attachment loops and a seamless pairing, Patagonia developed a jacket to tackle the nuanced weather conditions wherever you live.
- 3-in-1 parka for versatile year-round weather protection
- Detachable two-layer design offers dynamic weather adaptability
- Gore-Tex 2-layer shell is waterproof, breathable, and stretchy
- 700-fill down liner jacket insulates against frigid temperatures
- DWR finish safeguards against unpredictable winter snowstorm
- Discrete loops afford easy attachment for pairing the jacket layers
- Integrated jacket hoods pair seamlessly for full head coverage
- external hand and internal chest pockets stow gloves and phone
- Item #PAT031R
- Q & A
This Parka might be Winter-proof
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: X-Small + Small
- Height: 5'3"
- Weight: 115lbs
- Ultra Warm 700-Fill-Power Down
- Cozy Yet Comfortable Fit
- Excellent Coverage (Zippers Allow Full Mobility)
- No Layering Needed
- Adjustable Scuba Hood With Good Visibility
- 3-in-1 Versatility (Waterproof Down Parka, Down Coat, Uninsulated Rain Coat)
- Heavy-Duty Materials and Build Quality
- Parka Length Requires Partial Unzipping To Sit Or Bend Low
- Adjusting The Hood To Fit Properly May Not Be Intuitive
The Frozen Range line is said to be the warmest coats Patagonia has ever made. Now that I have tried both the Jacket and the Parka, I can tell you--they are indeed instant warmth!
Wearing them in my 74F house, I risk breaking a sweat if I wear them for more than 3-5 minutes. Comparing this FR Parka to my current 650-down LLBean coat (which I have comfortably worn shoveling snow in 0F/-10 wind chill with 2 layers), my Bean coat at 74F can not even begin to compare with the warmth this 700-down Parka is kicking out.
The Patagonia reps say it is intended to be worn on its own and I can see why. The inner down coat inside the parka hugs your body like a cozy sleeping bag. The smooth inner lining covers up the standard down baffling so there are less seams for feathers to escape through. The fill is body-hugging without being tight or restrictive. And this plushness keeps any drafts from flying up the bottom of the parka. I should also mention that the parka weighs over 3 lbs however, I could not feel it once I put it on.
Layering and size-wise, I tried it with a Fjord flannel and a t-shirt and it was unbearably hot! The Fjord also made the parka arms feel close-fitting but not movement-impairing. If you do want to layer, I recommend sizing up . Otherwise, the Parka fits TRUE TO SIZE so you can follow the Patagonia chart. (For reference, I am 5ft 3in, chest 35/waist 30/hips 37. I wear a Small in Patagonia Fjords and t-shirts and the Small Parka fits perfectly--body, shoulders, arms, hips, even pocket height. And the bottom of the overcoat hits at the top of my knees. The X-Small was fine for me in the chest, shoulders and waist. However, the hips were tight enough that I could not get my hands into the front pockets.)
Warmth aside, the hood is what sold me on this Parka. It is a Scuba Hood - designed to block out the wind and keep your face protected. Because I had never tried a scuba hood before, I could not understand why it was so floppy, hard to see out of, or why my neck was wide open. Then I found out how to adjust it: use the toggle in the back of the hood to tighten the hood around your head. This removes the neck gap, widens your field of vision, and rings the inner hood insulation around your face. (BONUS: You can also wear the hood as a Turtleneck with the hood laid back and the neck zipped all the way up. It actually covers the lower half of your face and the upper back of your head with a snug fit. Top it off with a Buffalo wool hat for frigid temps and this might be the next best thing to a built-in balaclava.) I am over the moon with this Parka!
Rugged, dual zippers pull smoothly. Heavy duty snaps are great for quick on/offs, and both help with easy sitting, bending down, and playing with small dogs. No storm cuffs, but there are the elastic cuffs from the down coat that are plenty tight with a Fjord layer or tight enough with a single long sleeve shirt and gloves. The overcoat sleeves come down low over my fingers (5ft. 3in. w/short arms) or to my wrists when my arms are extended out to hold leashes.
My last down coat lasted me 9 years and it never fit me well. I am happily upgrading to this ultra warm and perfectly-fitting Frozen Range Parka. Whether in Scuba hood or Turtleneck mode, I will love wearing it for the next 9+ winters.
Adjusting the Hood to Avoid Neck Gap
I was baffled by the enormous neck gap in the parka Patagonia calls "their warmest coat yet". Then when I finally figured this out, I danced. And then I thought others might be wondering about this too. Hope this helps keep you toasty in your new Frozen Range Parka!