Men's Parka Jackets
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The Marbek men’s Parka Jacket is designed to give the wearer a full body, heat insulated, and comfortable fitting jacket that will be able to withstand the coldest temperatures while also giving adequate protection from the rain. The parka jacket is made with a silky nylon outer shell and lining, and it also includes a polyester internal wadding which makes the material both lightweight and warmer. The hood of the parka jacket is crafted with a soft faux fur that will not irritate the wearer’s skin when tested against the elements. This jacket also includes deep pockets with a button snap to prevent the loss of any small personal items. The Marbek parka jacket will give the wearer a luxurious feeling while also fulfilling its purpose of warmth and durability.
The sizes range from extra-small, small, medium, and large. Care instructions along with wash instructions will be provided with all purchases. However, the parka jacket will require professional dry cleaning to extend the durability and longevity of the item.
History of the Parka
The parka was originally created by the Inuit natives of Canada. They used the parka as protection against the harsh wintery conditions, although they were traditionally worn by women since the original design included a baby pouch. The original parka was crafted from sealskin, caribou, and sometimes duffle. The jacket also made its appearance in western culture the 1950’s as it was famously worn by the US military as full body protective wear.
Through time, the parka kept its original long body design, and the functionality of it remained the same: warmth, robustness, durability, and comfort throughout the harsher weather conditions. However, around the 1900’s, when clothing material and production techniques evolving, the materials and design of the parka begun to change rapidly. Instead of using the same materials as the Inuit, manufacturers began using synthetic fibres that could protect against constant moisture, cold, and wind. Thus, leading to the popularity of parkas being used by scientists, film crews, and the common man. Today, the common parka includes a fur-lined hood, a full body design and zipper, and it comes in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit any personal preference.
Parka Jacket Features
The parka jacket is crafted with a synthetic fibre blend to help protect the wearer against the harsh outdoor elements. It also includes a luxurious silky nylon outer shell and lining with a polyester internal wadding that was added to and in more warmth and comfort. The jacket also includes deep pockets, a faux fur lined hood, collar, a full body zipper, and a long body design.
Often overlooked in other jacket variations, one of the key features in a parka is its multitude of deep and usually warmed pockets. The parka is designed to have a button snap to ensure that no personal items will be lost. However, the pockets can also be used as a method to warm the wearer's hands as the pockets are lined with polyester wadding.
Most modern parkas come with a fur-lined hood: either real or faux. The purpose of having the fur hood is to keep the wearers face and neck warm when outdoors. The hood can come in a multitude of variations. It can either be detachable, heat insulated, or come with a drawstring to tighten it over your head. The method of choosing the correct hood lies in what area you are preparing for. In colder climates, it would be safer to invest in a drawstring and head insulated hood. While in warmer climates a detachable hood may be more appropriate.
Certain parka designs include a heat insulated collar and fastening abilities. The importance of paying attention to this feature lies in what climate you are prepping for. In colder climates, it's ideal to have a hat insulated collar that can aid in protection against the climates.
The parka zipper is designed in a variety of ways. Some parkas include a storm flap that will cover your zipper. This will help protect the zipper against rusting and wear and tear from the snow or rain, while other parkas will have a regular two-way zipper without any external coverings.
Long Body Design
Unlike other jackets, the parka key feature is its length. The parka usually extends to the upper thigh area to provide maximum warmth and comfortability for the wearer's entire torso and upper legs. This design can let the wearer be more flexible while not giving up any warmth. This design also allows for more heat insulation to be included in the jacket.
How to Select the Right Parka Jacket
Choosing the correct size and fit of your parka jacket is a key component that the wearer must consider. The wearer can refer to the Marbek sizing guide to confirm that they have the correct measurements for their shoulder width, back length, sleeve length, waist circumference, and chest circumference. By following this step, it can ensure the wearer has selected the correct size needed for a proper and comfortable fit.
Be certain to take your correct measurements and refer to the sizing guide before making the purchase. The measuring tape should fit comfortably around the area being measured and should not be pulled too tight. Be sure to follow the correct procedure of inserting two fingers between the body and the tape to allow for adequate breathing room.
Overall Parka Jacket Fit
Ideally, the parka should give the wearer enough space to wear additional layers underneath the jacket while avoiding a bulky look or a too tight-fitting jacket. It is essential to consider that there needs to be enough space for warm air to circulate throughout the jacket. While most parkas are made to fit snugly around the body, there should be enough space, so the wearer can freely bend over or move their arms without stiffness.
The proper way to determine if your parka is properly fitted for your shoulders is to observe where the seams lie on the shoulders. If the seams are halfway down your bicep, then the coat is probably not your size. If the seams line up in comparison to your shoulders, then you have found a proper fitting parka.
A recommended way to test to see that the sleeves are correctly fitted is to attempt the “arms stretched out front” test. The wearer must stick their arms our directly in front of them to see where the sleeves land. If the sleeves are too short, then the wearer's wrists will be exposed, and the likelihood of catching a chilly breeze will increase. If the sleeves go past your wrists and reach your fingers, it means that your sleeves are too long and your chances of having heat escape increases. If your sleeves stop right under your wrists, then you have a properly fitted parka.
Materials Used in Parka Jackets
The parka is usually crafted with a similar outer shell of silky nylon. However, the inner insulating shell is commonly made of three different materials: wool and fleece, thinsulate, synthetic fill, or goose down. The type of inner shell material is dependent on the intense heaviness and functionality of the parka.
Wool and Fleece
These materials are paired together due to their ability to hold in a modest amount of heat and being able to function while wet. They are also great materials for breathability. Parkas made with this material would be perfect for hikers who want to stay warm but can generate a copious amount of a body heat
This material is commonly used in jackets that are not crafted to be bulky. It is not as warm as other materials; however, the tight weaving of this fabric still allows for heat to become trapped, aiding in heat to remain insulated.
This material is key in the designing of warmer jackets. Due to the thickness of heat insulated pockets, a synthetic fill fabric is needed in the sewing process, which gives some parka jackets their famous Michelin Man appearance. This material is also noted for not soaking up any moisture that could possibly ruin its ability to retain heat.
This material is found in the expensive parkas. The material itself is very light but has extraordinary capabilities with trapping heat inside better than other materials. This material's main downside is that when it soaks up moisture, it loses some of its loft.
How to Care for a Parka Jacket
Proper treatment of a parka jacket is essential in protecting the durability and longevity of the piece. Following the care instructions provided will ease the process of caring for the parka. It is recommended that to keep the jacket durable, the wearer must avoid over washing. The parka should be washed only once or twice during the season. If cleaning small spots, it is safer to use dishwashing detergent and hand clean the spot. It is essential to remember that if your parka is made from Goose Down, you should not air dry it. Instead it is recommended to machine dry on low heat. The most effective and safest way to clean your parka jacket is to take it to get professionally cleaned at a dry cleaner.
The Marbek Parka Jacket is an ideal jacket to add to your wardrobe if you are seeking a high-quality material that will be durable and heat insulating in the coldest weather. The parka is a key item for men who value comfort, functionality, and style no matter the season. With its variations of colours and sizes – any man will be able to find a parka jacket that will suit his personal preference.