Rated 3 out of 5 by 20
Rated 2 out of 5 by jordanb Not useable as an actual parka
Glad J Crew added reviews to their site. I'm normally a fan and own tons of stuff, but this parka isn't great. For the price you should get something really high quality and winter worthy. Instead you get buttons that all fall off, a rather baggy fit in the middle, and as stated in other reviews, any amount of cold turns this thing into cardboard. The entire jacket becomes super stiff and hard in any cold weather. J Crew obviously did not cold test the fabric at all, because it doesnt work in cold weather. Since that's what a parka is supposed to do, this falls way short. Too bad because it could be really nice looking for a winter coat. But for the price and having to get someone to resew all the buttons and take in the middle of the jacket, there are way better options out there.
September 30, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by RyLu Great look, stiffens up
Absolutely love the look of the coat, however it stiffens up like no other when it is exposed to cold weather. It almost makes it unwearable which is a shame. It is really warm, and is comfortable until it stiffens up. If there is a way to soften up the material I would love to know about it, because I want to love this coat.
October 17, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Victor Great, but flawed
I gotta agree JonOtano's review on each of his points. It looks great, fits amazingly well, and the overall quality of materials are fairly high (aside from a few detached buttons).
Unfortunately, it has a fatal flaw when subjected to cold weather: the coat becomes stiff as a board and you sound like a plastic bag when you walk around.
Due to this, I can't recommend it until they come up with some different fabric to use. Maybe next year...
September 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by JonOtano Warm but super stiff in the cold
Great against wind
VERY stiff in the cold.
Buttons had to be re-attached
Anyone have any tips on softening the jacket?
September 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by HarlemTyler It's like a warm winter shell!
I purchased this coat, even after reading the reviews that it stiffens up. After wearing a few times around NYC, I realized that I absolutely love this feature! It is like a hard winter shell from the tough elements. The stiffness does not inhibit my movement, and the coat is really warm!
Its all about the details, and J.Crew understands this. The details that I love include the leather trim around the cuff, the super warm sherpa lining, and the corduroy in the pockets.
The only thing that I might comment on is the leather used for the zipper pull, it just doesn't feel as luxe as the rest of the coat. I might buy some leather laces and make a new one... other than that, its a wonderful coat, and i highly recommend!
December 31, 2014