Winter parka for polar cold and icy winds
For extremely low temperatures, ordinary winter clothing is usually not insulated enough. A thickly lined down parka with high-quality down filling, on the other hand, can withstand arctic cold. If a normal winter coat offers insufficient protection from the cold at -30° Celsius, a warm expedition jacket makes you feel comfortable even at -40°.
But down parkas are not automatically expedition wear. Expedition jackets for the Arctic or Antarctic are also very warmly lined, but outdoor parkas for winter adventures in Scandinavia, Canada or Alaska are also extremely warm. For residents of and visitors to polar regions and in the high mountains, warmly lined parkas and down jackets with winter boots and warm gloves are part of the basic winter equipment.
Best warmth performance thanks to high-quality down
Specialised companies manufacturing winter parkas, such as Canada Goose, 66 North or Lundhags, use goose down or duck down as filling material for their down parkas. The insulation strength and thermal performance of the Arctic Parka depends on the fill power of the down and the amount of fill. For high-quality down jackets, down with a fill power between 700 Cuin and 900 Cuin is the preferred quality. These ensure the best insulation and are wonderfully light at the same time.
In addition to down, companies are using Merino wool, PrimaLoft and fleece as complementary materials for their Arctic Parkas. As an extra layer of protection on the warm hood, a wide edge of fur or faux fur is often used, which forms a warm and soft border around the face.
Arctic parkas with wind and weather protection
With its long cut, the parka provides comfortable warmth and also prevents cold from entering the jacket from below. As with an outdoor coat or Arctic coat, a winter parka guarantees very good thermal performance even in windy conditions. Wind resistant or windproof outer materials minimise dangerous wind chill.
In dry cold weather, a down parka does not necessarily have to be waterproof, because snow and ice do not get the parka very wet. A water-repellent dry treatment or DWR finish is very useful as protection. Treating the down against moisture is also practical for down parkas. Hydrophobe down hardly absorbs any moisture and therefore does not clump together when wet. As a result, the down retains its fill power in the long term and does not lose its insulating properties.