What is the best cold-weather, full-length parka?

What is the best women’s full-length parka for very cold weather? Linda McFarlane Calgary, Alberta


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I’m partial to two parkas. Patagonia’s Downtown Loft Parka ($350; is made out of a buttery soft, durable, water-repellant satin polyester that feels so good against your skin you could wear it and nothing else. The 800-fill goose down, below-the-knee parka will insulate against even the bleakest Canadian cold front. The DLP also has a lot of thoughtful extras, like a shawl-collar that transforms into a hood, a two-way zipper with a windflap, and hand-warmer pockets. Best of all, this parka is svelte, ensuring you won’t feel like the Bride of Michelin every time you put it on.

Cloudveil’s Oslo ($300; is another dreamy down option. Trimmed with fleece at the cuffs and collar, the 550-fill, full-length parka has a zip-off hood, a two-way zipper, hand-warmer exterior pockets, plus one more inside to keep important items like doggie treats safe when you’re out braving the subzero temps, taking Fido for a midnight potty break.

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