Gear Review

The North Face Metropolis Parka

With winter right in full swing I was more than excited to get The North Face’s Women’s Metropolis Parka for the cold days and nights around town.  I have found this parka to be my go-to jacket this season. On warmer days, the lightweight materials do not make me feel like I’m wearing a cloak around my shoulders.  When the mercury drops, I like to layer up underneath the C 600-fill goose down for maximum warmth.  If you are looking for something warmer, I might recommend going with TNF’s Women’s Triple C 700-fill down jacket with added length.

The hood is a bit small for my taste, as I like it when I can pull the hood clear past my forehead to help block the wind, however it is removable and has pull straps on each side to make for a tight fit.  The two front pockets are great and very warm if you are not wearing gloves as the top of them are lined with a soft fleece.  There is also a convenient inside pocket that I keep my money in.  The top of the jacket, where the zipper lies, is the same soft fleece to protect your neck and adds warmth.

The jacket runs a bit on the big side, so be careful when sizing yourself.  I am 5’8” and the small is perfect for me. It comes to just above my knees, which is great for blocking the wind from top to bottom. Paired with some tall boots and I’m in great shape. It doesn’t have much of a curve to it but that was not my main focus for a down jacket.  I have some trouble with the zipper, most likely due to the fact that it can zip both directions so is a bit finicky

On a side note, when owning a down jacket, you always need to be careful of ripping the delicate fabric which can cause quite a mess.  Mine tore on a branch while out walking the dog, but maybe that was just my own clumsiness.

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