The Canada Goose Kensington Parka

I mentioned last year that I had ordered my first Canada Goose parka – the Kensington model – and had to wait an excruciating 46 days to receive it, thanks to backorders everywhere.

Since then I’ve received quite a few requests to provide some sizing guidance for this coat. I have been planning to do this review for months, but have been remiss. Since it’s still going to be cold for quite some while, I hope this can still be helpful for some of you!

Here are the facts: I ordered the Kensington model, in size XS, in the black color. I bought mine from Nordstrom, but they appear to be continually getting stock and selling out.

Canada Goose Kensington Fit

I knew that Canada Goose had this parka available in size XXS, but Nordstrom only had XS and I am a die hard loyalist. Plus, I knew that I was always going to layer this coat over sweaters. I was happy with the fit – fitted but not too much, and very comfortable. There are little tabs at each side of the waist that allow you to tighten the fit.

I love the huge fur hood on this parka. I am picky about fur trimmed hoods – I always want them to look big and lush. I will reject an otherwise perfect parka if the hood trim isn’t perfect! When I first unpacked my parka, the fur was a bit mashed down and I was worried. But after a day of hanging in the closet, it was nice and fluffy.

The hood is also lined with a soft velour so super comfortable. And, the hood is removable entirely, of course.

I also wanted to include a shot of how I often am carrying this parkaย – hanging off my back using its “backpack straps”! I used this feature all throughout our travels – it’s perfect for running through an airport, or in the winter in Europe where you find yourself freezing outside, then sweating to death indoors because the heat is on so much. I love it.

Canada Goose Kensington Fit Side

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The parka has a bunch of great little details like the backpack straps – there’s also a little strap on the hood that makes the parka easy to pick up or hang.

Canada Goose Kensington Hood

Overall, I love my Kensington parka and am really glad I bought it. Yes, everyone has it. Last month in Paris, I was matching with lots of women and men, and a tough looking biker guy even gave me a thumbs up when roaring by because we had the same parka! So if you want to try to avoid matching with everyone, don’t buy black like me. Olive, navy, red, gray are all versatile and would make yours more unique.

However, this parka is so, so incredibly warm. And well designed. I would feel comfortable going to almost any cold climates with this packed. And, the handy backpack feature means that I can easily wear it as my “coat” on the plane…and save space in my luggage!

I hope this review helped some of you out there deciding on a Canada Goose parka! Here are some of my recommended places to find Canada Goose (I linked to my model, the Kensington).

Nordstrom: XS to XL

Bloomingdales: XS to XL

Neiman Marcus: XS to XL

Saks: XXS to XXL (preorder)

Revolve: XS to L

Shopbop: XXS to XL

A final note on pricing – it’s really hard to find Canada Goose on sale. The brand tightly controls its pricing and its rarely, if ever, eligible for any coupon codes. The one time I saw it on discount this year was during one of Shopbop’s “Friends and Family” super sales, and sizes disappeared in a flash. I paid full price for mine, and considered it money well spent.

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  • Vivian
    December 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    The parka is beautiful!!! Just wondering is the parka heavy?

    • Katherine
      December 31, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      No it’s quite light…and the straps make it easy to carry!

  • sabrina t.
    December 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    such a great coat!!!so warm:)
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  • Val
    December 29, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I recently bought the Canada Goose Mystique from Bloomingdales. I haven’t had a chance to wear it yet because I consider it my “polar vortex” coat and knock-on-wood we haven’t had much cold. It’s quite long, but I am glad to know that I will be warm and toasty inside!

  • Revanche
    December 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks for the review! PiC picked my last coat which is great, but I know eventually down the road I’m going to need another one. This looks like it hits most if not all my requirements for a winter coat.

    • Katherine
      December 31, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Happy New Year my friend and my best wishes for a wonderful 2015!

      • Revanche
        January 2, 2015 at 12:34 pm

        Happy New Year and very best to you as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ So much to look forward to in 2015!

  • Susan
    December 30, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    I really enjoy reading your blog. I appreciate your review on CG. Hoping to add one to my closet and call it a day since it has such a great reputation for warmth and functionality. Below is an interesting article I read yesterday – enjoy the short read if you haven’t already.

    • Katherine
      December 31, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m looking forward to reading the article. Happy New Year!

  • Tanya
    December 31, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Hi, can you tell me what boots you’re wearing! They’re beautiful!

  • bluevalentine
    January 2, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Those straps are genius! And the fur trim is magnificent! Great review ๐Ÿ™‚

  • bluepolkadotpjs
    January 4, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Kat, I really enjoyed your blog during 2014. Hope the new year brings joy and happiness to you and your family. How did you do with your fashion new years resolution? I always look forward to that post every year.

  • candace | yogabycandace
    January 7, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Ok those backpack straps are GENIUS! Seriously, I wish all coats had them! I’m so thankful you did this post because I’ve been debating on this exact coat for literally years now. Thanks so much, this seals the deal!

    • Katherine
      January 7, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      I love them too! Enjoy!

  • Celena
    January 10, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Katherine,
    Thank you SO much for your review. I am seriously considering getting one of these jackets for the NY winter and was wondering if you could share your size/height? Or perhaps what you wear in J.Crew/Loft/other retailers? I’m around 5’2/110lbs and not quite sure if I should order an XS or XXS. Thanks!

    • Katherine
      January 10, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      I am 5’1, about 100-105 pounds and wear XS in retailers like J.Crew, etc. I do like my things to be a little looser ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you could be fine in either size.

      • Celena
        January 11, 2015 at 5:28 pm

        Thank you much Katherine! Very helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Quiner
    April 22, 2015 at 4:54 am

    Thank you for your review! I bought this Kensington jacket in silverbirch and just received it today! Although I’m dying to wear this gorgeous parka; it will be quite a while before I have the opportunity to put this jacket to good use. This style is so classic and elegant, it’s supposed to last me for a looong time so I guess I can afford to wait for future winters!

    • Katherine
      April 22, 2015 at 8:05 am

      Enjoy, I think this jacket is going to last you a very very long time ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cat
    November 2, 2015 at 11:03 am

    I’m looking at this same coat and noticed a review on the Nordstrom site where someone photo documented the rubbing of the straps causing pilling on her sweaters. I wondered if you experienced this issue. I’m looking for a coat for the Montreal winters.

    • Katherine
      November 3, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Interesting, I haven’t had this issue but I can see it potentially happening. I still think the coat is worth it, and unless you’re wearing it super tight for long periods of time, the pilling shouldn’t be an issue. I’d try it on and wear it around the house for a bit if you are worried.

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