For the last 10 years or so we have had 3 key brands fighting for marketplace dominance in the higher echelon winter parka category. Most will already know these brands – Canada Goose, Moncler and copy Parajumpers . I’ve known them all for a good 10 years at least possibly 20 or more for Goose and Moncler.
I think around 7 years ago now I ventured out to buy a quality parka – Moncler had a shop on Sloane street still, and Canada Goose was stocked in Harrods and Harvey Nicks, Parajumpers I could only find on the Internet really, although there were a couple of sometime stockists in the North of England, but with very little choice, and never the right size available.
I started on Sloane street and tried a number of coats in the Moncler store. Whatever I tried either pinched under the armpits – sleeves seemed very narrow cut too with little room for manoeuvre and alsoe had weird radial movement for the shoulders – a similar problem I have encountered with some designs of Belstaff jackets – in that it is somewhat and somehow difficult to lift your arms above your head – those jackets seem to be cut in such a way as to restrict movement. In any case I did my usual 5 Fs checks at Moncler (Fabric, Fit, Finish, Form, Function) and for whatever reason I wasn’t quite feeling it. I perfect Parajumpers could not put my finger on it entirely, but a big part of it was the restrictive movement – and the fabric seemed prone to creasing too if I remember correctly.
So I next shot down the secret short-cut route to Harrods (Basil Street) and had a look in their menswear section for Canada Goose. There was a reasonable selection available and fit and finish seemed really good – they’re cut a lot looser than Moncler. The fabric also seemed more hard-wearing, and overall the garment looked like it would last longer and feel more comfortable than the Moncler, so nothing wrong with the quality here or any of the 5 Fs exactly. Yet there was something here that I felt that was missing – if you remove the badge from a Canada Goose coat, they’re mostly really standard and quite plain looking – there is no clever detailing or particularly smart technical features – it’s all a little plain vanilla. Canada Goose seems to be the most popular at the moment – particularly with the hip-hop and grime fraternities, but I don’t really see sufficient design differentiation – it seems to be all about the badge somehow?
We love a brand with a story and this one is truly fascinating. It began with a chance meeting between sale Parajumpers ’ creator, Massimo Rossetti, and a serving member of the 210th Rescue Squadron in an Alaskan bar. Aside from sounding like the opening scene of a great movie, this is also where Rossetti found his inspiration for the Parajumpers clothing line.
The brave souls serving in the 210th Rescue Squadron are trained and highly experienced in the most dangerous, extreme rescues and recoveries in the world’s wildest environments. Known as the fake Parajumpers , or the PJs for short, they scale cliffs, traverse rough oceans and battle extreme weather to reach and rescue people in danger, saving hundreds of lives every year. It follows then, that they need clothing that can both protect them from the elements and withstand the rigorous tests these wild environments pose.
Enter replica Parajumpers , Massimo Rossetti’s inspired clothing line. Though they are primarily created for us everyday folk, every item of outerwear made by Parajumpers is crafted with the 210th Rescue Squadron’s activities in mind. Famous for its highly fashionable and best Parajumpers functional parkas, Parajumpers clothing is crafted with precision and many technical components, making them extremely hardwearing and perfect for withstanding extreme low temperatures and bad weather.slightly more generic.