In the minute, it’s a brand that’s dividing opinion.
As idolized as it is hated, you need to have seen a bit of it everywhere, to the great displeasure of the many critics, who assume that in France, Canada Goose is the new Moncler in a negative sense.
But on the reverse side of your fence, there are several fans who, for love nor money, would not spend a winter without their Canada Goose clothing (and who I think just have recently joined the club ).
Important: I lived in Montreal in the end of August 2012 to June 2013, so I wore my Canada Goose Jacket Sale in several conditions (from nearly -20°C with wind, as much as 8°C when I returned to France for three weeks), so I think We have a relatively extensive, clear view on the quality of the merchandise.
So, as a lover of men’s fashion, beautiful materials and good fitting clothing: what exactly do I think about a bulky parka?
Just before I report back to you, I’d prefer to spend some time to think about Canada Goose’s brand image, which is rather ambiguous…
Hate it or adore it – 50 Cents feat. The Video Game
Ah…the price. Here is the flag the critics of Canada Goose proudly wave. For almost all haters (and trust me there are actually lots) you’re a sucker once you get a Canada Goose because:
In reality, everything can be better in an ideal world if Canada Goose wasn’t so expensive, as including the biggest haters are unanimous over the grade of the pieces.
Considering the grade of the product, you get a lot for your money. I’ve looked and honestly, you cannot find anything cheaper with similar quality (warning, my criteria did not just boil right down to ‘it has to keep me warm’, I’ll revisit that a bit afterwards).
People often speak with me about North Face, which surprises me each time. If there’s a very expensive brand, it’s that. Honestly, to spend nearly 450 dollars for the 100% synthetic parka (fur and down), produced in China, now that’s Very costly for what exactly it is. Find out more about synthetic vs down insulation here
And then there’s an aspect that’s never taken into account through the critics: the cut.
Because it must be noted that it’s difficult to get parkas cut along with a number of the Canada Goose designs. I’ve rightly said some designs, seeing as there are some that will make you gaze like a walking refrigerator.
walking refrigeratorSnow Mantra, 1200 Canadian dollars. It’s the warmest design, bound to make you stay warm as little as -60°. It’s utilized by Alaskan miners and people who function in the oil industry in far-flung icy parts on the planet. There’s also a strap about the shoulder that can help you save in desperate situations. You won’t look anything special with this particular lying on your back, but no less than you’ll stay alive.
military inspirationBanff, probably the most modified design of the brand, with a nice enough military inspiration. It’s only flaw? No pockets to maintain your hands warm: it’s within your interest to get some gloves!
As being a side note, when you’ve spent the past 5 years looking to get the best cut pieces of clothing for your personal figure, it’s a weighty argument. However I completely realize that it’s possibly not the situation for everyone. Inside my case, I simply can’t overlook it.
‘Yes, but you’re purchasing a brand name!’
I’ll tell the truth together with you, that’s a few things i thought to start with, nevertheless it isn’t the truth.
Really, not at all. For instance, Quartz Nature is actually a lesser known Quebec brand containing a similar prices as Canada Goose. Likewise, Kanuk, that is 100% a Quebec brand (the workshop is just next door to my home) is much more expensive than Canada Goose, with prices easily exceeding the 800 dollar mark!
KanukA Quartz Nature parka, 620 dollars, by using a quality that’s comparable to Canada Goose, although with a totally different brand identity for Quebecers, because the products come in Quebec (french-speaking). And in many cases at that price, nobody dares to claim that you’re only spending money on a brand…
Why these prices? The fur that you just see on the hoods is costly. Like a reason for interest, Kanuk sells interchangeable furs for the hoods for between 200 and 300 dollars. And there are no secrets: for any piece that’s not manufactured in China, with down and quality finish, you quickly make it to the 500/600 dollar cost, or maybe more. It’s the real value of things.
Kanuk (The best Quebec coat brand, but which costs a lot of money and is also directed at a somewhat older audience) has this fur strip which alone costs…270 dollars!
I’ve gone off on a slight tangent, however it seemed necessary because, i think, Canada Goose is a that is certainly unfairly stigmatized.
Right, so what’s it genuinely like wearing a Canada Goose parka every day?
There’s no part of drawing out the suspense: in the wintertime conditions of Montreal, it’s spectacular.
I am not surprised that the brand is given to workers in many governmental bodies, because you receive the feeling that its design is the effect of a hellish experience with the cold.
For me, there are numerous brilliantly thought through details. That goes from the wire across the hood on the thick, robust zipper (a detail sometimes missing from North Face designs, hello to the uphill battle when you’ve got gloves on) to the two pairs of pockets for your hands lined completely with fleece, without forgetting the thick fleecey chin-protector.
And can it really help keep you warm?
Completely. It’s as though you’ll never experience the cold again. Even that slight morning freshness, or when you’re awaiting the bus, or once you walk home right after a winter’s evening out, you might be never cold. I can’t remember being cold once this winter. The security against the wind is exceptional. One weekend, I found myself in a carnival in Quebec, which is to express spending 6 hours outside having a temperature that’s approaching the -20°s, though with some wind (I have no idea exactly how much this g0ose the way the temperature feels, but say a minimum of another -10°) and it needs to be noted that you’re protected perfectly from the cold. Even at -20°. Even the length of the zipper is safe, which means the wind just never gets near the inside your parka.
What’s more, the hood is super well made, and even when you don’t place it up, it protects your ears. Basically this hood that protects your mind perfectly from high winds is really great, really effective.
On the flip side, these aren’t the clothes for a sustained sporting activity. If you’re skiing at -15° and it’s windy, you’re definitely going to sweat. Originally, Canada Goose Jacket Sale were made for workers doing plenty of standing around (which explains why bouncers love the manufacturer). Extreme mountain climbers tend to go for brands like PHD, with equally impressive technical features. The Wiggy brand has some completely fire-proof parkas…
Nonetheless we’re still lightyears away from a Wooyoungmi coat through an absolutely perfect cut. But having tested several, Canada Goose is just one of those rare parka brands to worry about the cut of some of their designs. Thus I was surprised to get the shoulders of Banff, Chateau, Ontario and Citadel designs (one of the most ‘tight-fitting’ designs, everything relative) happen to be worked tirelessly on and they are relatively high. If chosen well to your size, the parka doesn’t hang off your shoulders, it’s neat and tidy.
Finally, and so i was surprised, it usually is the truth using the most urban pieces that a size S is really a ‘true S’. Similarly, Canada Goose even does a size XS that is good to know.