McHaven Parka Review

Looking for the best winter coat you can find? Well, here’s one you might want to check out. It’s called the McHaven Parka by North Face and it is undoubtedly one hell of a winter jacket. Here’s my review.

While this jacket is absolutely incredible in cold weather, I do have one complaint, although minor. That complaint stems from the velcro system used to seal the jacket in the front. Let me explain. It seals with a zipper but then there’s also a velcro sealing system and while the zipper works great, the velcro on mine actually came off with time. Not that the velcro didn’t do it’s just, perhaps actually the opposite – the velcro may have worked so well in sticking together that it caused the velcro to come right off the jacket as it ripped through its stitches. Big deal? No. Absolutely not. But, it’s not something I want to see in any article of clothing that I wear. Keep in mind, this only happened after heavy-heavy use. I’m talking most days through the seemingly very long New England winter. Eventually, the velcro was no more. But that’s something that can easily be remedied if you actually care to resolve it. Some quick stitching and it’s good as new. Now if you can disregard this aspect, which I basically have at this point, it’s one of the best winter jackets around and I truly mean that.

Given how many winter coats I own at this point and how many I’ve tried for that matter, this one really takes the cake. The outer shell is durable so you don’t have to worry about scuffing it up. I’ve slid on my rear end down the icy slopes of the mountains around here without so much as a noticeable scratch on the jacket. That said, it’s tough – very tough. And best of all, it’s waterproof so you don’t have to worry about rain or snow – it’s got you covered.

The hood is an aspect that I really dig on this jacket. Not a lot of jackets get it right if you ask me, but this one does. The shape, the size, the warmth – it’s all there. Everything you need and it tops it all off with being stylish. Come on, you know you’ve always been a sucker for the fur collar, even if it is “faux” fur. Then again, if you don’t care for it, it zips right off so you can decide whether or not you want to wear it. And that’s not all that zips right off as the entire hood can actually be removed, although it’s something I rarely do because I actually enjoy the way it looks with the hood regardless of whether or not I’m actually using it.

You may notice that this particular jacket actually zips all the way up and when I mean all the way up, I mean all the way. It will literally cover your mouth and for me, it’s comfortable. Sometimes you get jackets like this that zip all the way up to what is basically your nose but it’s a tight fit around the face. For me, this was not the case. It actually fits comfortably around my face when I zip it all the way up, which is nice when it’s really cold and I forget to wear a warm face mask.

As for pockets, this jacket has plenty of them. Not too many, but just enough. And they are roomy pockets at that. There are actually quite a few pockets on the front of the jacket. There are some nice warm pockets where you’d want hide your hands and then there are also some big pouches where you can fit a lot stuff. I have, on more than one occasion, stuffed my snowboarding goggles into one pouch, my gloves and wallet in another, some snacks in yet another and if that wasn’t enough, my phone and whatever else I had in another – yes, there really are that many pockets. I even keep a separate pocket for dog treats, as I don’t necessarily want whatever that entails getting mixed up with the rest of my belongings.

Another particularly awesome part of this jacket is the hand-covers built right into the jacket. You don’t have to use them, but they come in really-really handy when you forget to bring a pair of gloves along with you on those cold days and nights. They actually encompass your entire hands, which again, is really nice when it’s cold out. I can’t stress how many times this has saved me from some really uncomfortable experiences, as cold hands are never fun.

If you’re wondering what colors this jacket comes in, in comes in a lot of different colors and patterns. I’m personally a fan of the green version but there are quite a few options to choose from so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one that you like. You can click here to see all of the different options available.

Now let’s get into the weight and warmth of the jacket. People often associate heavy jackets with warm jackets, but in the case of the McHaven, that’s just not the case. It is warm, no doubt about that. But it’s also lightweight, which may come as a surprise given just how warm it is. The reason for this is the 550-fill down used in its construction, which while lightweight, is incredibly warm. I love it. It feels great, not restrictive in any sense, but it’s insanely warm at the same time. The best of both worlds if you ask me.

With all things considered, this is one magnificent winter parka that is, in my opinion, well worth the money. If you’re looking for one solid jacket to rely on this winter, this is the one. And it is surprisingly inexpensive given all that it entails. If you’re looking to pick one up for yourself, I suggest you buy it online from this store.