With the minute, it’s a brand name that’s dividing opinion.
As idolized because it is hated, you need seen a bit of it everywhere, on the great displeasure of its many critics, who feel that in France, Canada Goose will be the new Moncler within a negative sense.
But on the reverse side of your fence, there are numerous fans who, for love nor money, would not spend a winter without their Canada Goose clothing (and who I do believe just have recently joined the club ).
Important: I lived in Montreal from your end of August 2012 to June 2013, and so i wore my Canada Goose Sale in different conditions (from nearly -20°C with wind, around 8°C when I returned to France for 3 weeks), therefore i think I have a relatively extensive, clear view on the caliber of the product.
So, like a lover of men’s fashion, beautiful materials and good fitting clothing: precisely what do I think about bulky parka?
Just before I report back, I’d like to take a moment to consider Canada Goose’s brand image, which happens to be rather ambiguous…
Hate it or enjoy it – 50 Cents feat. The Game
Ah…the price. This 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 will be better within an ideal world if Canada Goose wasn’t so expensive, as the biggest haters are unanimous over the grade of the pieces.
Considering the quality of the merchandise, 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 as a result of ‘it must keep me warm’, I’ll return to which a bit at a later time).
People often talk to me about North Face, which surprises me each time. Because if there’s a really expensive brand, it’s that. Honestly, to pay for nearly 450 dollars for a 100% synthetic parka (fur and down), produced in China, now that’s Extremely expensive for what it is. Find out more about synthetic vs down insulation here
And after that there’s a factor that’s never thought about by the critics: the cut.
Because it needs to be noted that it’s hard to find parkas cut along with a few of the Canada Goose designs. I’ve rightly said some designs, because there are some that will make you look just like a walking refrigerator.
walking refrigeratorSnow Mantra, 1200 Canadian dollars. It’s the warmest design, sure to help you stay warm only -60°. It’s used by Alaskan miners and those that operate in the oil industry in far-flung icy parts around the world. There’s a strap around the shoulder that will save you in desperate situations. You won’t look anything special using this lying on your back, but at least you’ll stay alive.
military inspirationBanff, probably the most modified style of the manufacturer, by using a nice enough military inspiration. It’s only flaw? No pockets to maintain your hands warm: it’s in your interest to obtain some gloves!
As being a side note, when you’ve spent the last five-years looking for the very best cut pieces of clothing for your figure, it’s a weighty argument. But I completely realize that it’s not always the truth for everyone. Inside my case, I simply can’t overlook it.
‘Yes, but you’re investing in a brand name!’
I’ll be truthful along, that’s things i thought for starters, but it isn’t the truth.
Really, not at all. As an example, Quartz Nature is actually a less popular Quebec brand that has a similar prices as Canada Goose. Likewise, Kanuk, that is 100% a Quebec brand (the workshop is just nearby to my house) is even more expensive than Canada Goose, with prices easily exceeding the 800 dollar mark!
KanukA Quartz Nature parka, 620 dollars, having a quality that’s comparable to Canada Goose, though with a completely different brand identity for Quebecers, because the products come in Quebec (french-speaking). As well as in that price, nobody dares to propose that you’re only paying for a brand…
Why then these prices? The fur that you simply see in the hoods is expensive. Like a point of interest, Kanuk sells interchangeable furs for the hoods for between 200 and 300 dollars. And you can also find no secrets: to get a piece that’s not manufactured in China, with down and high quality finish, you quickly get to the 500/600 dollar price tag, or maybe more. It’s the actual value of things.
Kanuk (THE ultimate Quebec coat brand, but which costs lots of money and it is targeted at a rather older audience) has this fur strip which alone costs…270 dollars!
I’ve gone off on a slight tangent, but it really seemed necessary because, for me, Canada Goose is a brand that is unfairly stigmatized.
Right, so what’s it genuinely like wearing a Canada Goose parka every day?
There’s no part of drawing out of the suspense: in the winter months conditions of Montreal, it’s spectacular.
I am just not surprised that this brand is given to workers in a few governmental bodies, simply because you have the feeling that its design is the effect of a hellish experience with the cold.
For me, there are loads of brilliantly thought through details. That goes from your wire round the hood for 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 personal hands lined completely with fleece, without forgetting the thick fleecey chin-protector.
And will it really help keep you warm?
Completely. It’s as though you’ll never notice the cold again. Even that slight morning freshness, or when you’re waiting around for the bus, or once you walk home following a winter’s evening out, you happen to be never cold. I can’t remember being cold once this winter. The security from the wind is exceptional. One weekend, I had been in a carnival in Quebec, which is to mention spending 6 hours outside with a temperature that’s approaching the -20°s, but with some wind (I do not know exactly how much this g0ose just how the temperature feels, but say a minimum of another -10°) and it needs to be noted that you’re protected perfectly in the cold. Even at -20°. Even the length of the zipper is protected, meaning the wind just never gets nearby the inside of your parka.
What’s more, the hood is super well made, and although you may don’t input it up, it protects your ears. Basically this hood that protects the head perfectly from high winds is actually great, really effective.
On the other hand, these aren’t the clothes for the sustained sporting activity. If you’re skiing at -15° and it’s windy, you’re bound to sweat. Originally, Canada Goose Sale are created for workers doing lots of standing around (which explains why bouncers love the brand). Extreme mountain climbers tend to choose brands like PHD, with equally impressive technical features. The Wiggy brand has some completely fire-proof parkas…
Nonetheless we’re still lightyears clear of a Wooyoungmi coat owning an absolutely perfect cut. But having tried out several, Canada Goose is among those rare parka brands to worry about the cut of some of their designs. So I was surprised to get that this shoulders of Banff, Chateau, Ontario and Citadel designs (one of the most ‘tight-fitting’ designs, everything relative) happen to be worked on and so are relatively high. If chosen well for your personal size, the parka doesn’t hang off shoulders, it’s neat and tidy.
Finally, and I was surprised, it will always be the way it is together with the most urban pieces a size S can be a ‘true S’. Similarly, Canada Goose even does a size XS which is good to understand.