Canada Goose Snow Mantra Parka

Canada Goose Snow Mantra Parka

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Despite its high price, the coat has extremely limited use. It is made for outdoors activities in extreme cold where the wearer will be stationary or fairly inactive. Walking, hunting in a blind, dog sledding, stargazing, ice fishing, polar research, and light snowshoeing would be appropriate activities. Anything more rigorous and you’ll soon be sweating.

To test the coat, I hiked a couple miles one evening outdoors in minus-20 degree weather with only a short-sleeve T-shirt under the Snow Mantra. I paired the coat with boots, big mittens, and Canada Goose’s $250 Tundra Down Pant, which have thick, insulated nylon legs. In this getup, I was toasty warm the whole time and sweating when I walked up hills in the woods.

Canada Goose Tundra Down Pant

Indeed, in weather above 10 degrees, Canada Goose’s offerings were almost too warm to wear for anything more than standing around in the woods or on a frozen lake.

For the deep, dark temperatures it’s made to endure, the Snow Mantra excels. Extra features including knit nylon cuffs to ensconce the wrists and internal mesh pockets made to hold heat-emitting chemical hand warmers add amazing warmth.

But the cocoon of heat has performance disadvantages, too. This coat is bulky and heavy, tipping nearly seven pounds on my scale. Its hood is huge and immobile, blocking peripheral vision when deployed with its fluffy coyote fur stuck out.

Canada Goose offers a range of products, including less-extreme parkas, aviator-style jackets, down vests, and casual winter coats. With its hefty price tag and limited use, the Snow Mantra has a small audience — mainly polar explorers and dwellers of the high latitudes.

But for these arctic individuals, Canada Goose’s coat could mean the difference between comfort and cold — even life and death — in the most frigid and forlorn places on the planet.

—Stephen Regenold writes a daily blog on outdoors gear at www.gearjunkie.com.

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By Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.

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    I'm looking at purchasing either a Canada Goose Mantra, Expedition or the Mens Resolute Parka and was wanting some recommendations on them. Im sure they are all very warm parkas, but it doesnt really say on website how they compare to one another / main differences / advantages? Anyone own one of these models can you give me some insight?
    From what I've read I believe the Mantra is suppose to be the warmest of the 3, but I dont see how it differs much from the expedition model?
    The Mens Resolute is slightly longer but I dont know how it compares on warmth?
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    i own the expedition and its a great coat. the mantra has slightly more down but only by a small amout. the reason i didnt get the mantra was that it had the name tag plastic and reflective tape on it. the lengths are about the same. the ruffs the same. those are about all the differences. i know people that wear the mantra up here and i stay just as warm with the expedition. the coats sleeves run a little small (short) so id reccomend trying one on if you can. i think 6th ave has some if your around anc. they are excellent coats and probably one of the warmest out there. they are down so keep em dry and dont wear too much underneath or youll sweat and it'll start to pack down around the shoulders. i love not having to wear 10 layers of crap when its 30 below. you can get by with just a couple things underneath.
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    Thanks for the information, unfortunately I live in the lower 48. According to Canada Goose there are no Snow Mantras anywhere in US that have them in stock. I have found a few places in Canada that have them. I did actually found a place that carries Canada Goose about 2 hours from my house. I drove down last weekend and they had some expeditions in stock. I usually always wear a 2xl and the largest size they had was xl. To my disbelief the xl fit surprisingly well.

    You are right the sleeves do seem a little short. When I held my arms at my sides they came to a good length but if I raised my arms straight out in front of me the tended to hike up

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