L8 - POLAR INSULATION
Finnish Fox Hood Ruff, PrimaLoft® Gold Eco Insulation, Water Resistant, Windproof
Powerful weather resistance, strategically mapped windstopper, and purpose-built coverage support system performance down to -70° F.
Advanced Eco-Tech Warmth
PrimaLoft® Gold Eco Insulation is crafted from 55% recycled materials, dries faster than down, and keeps you warm even while wet.
70-denier micro ripstop nylon shell and 40-denier CORDURA® ripstop nylon mapped shell combine to provide lasting protection and durability.
The Conqueror of Cold
Crafted to take on some of the nastiest stuff that the polar scene can dish out, the Allta Polar K8 Parka is your suit of armor for the world’s frostiest places. Powerful PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation and carefully mapped ripstop protection keep your heat on lockdown while warding off the elements, and strategic storage keeps necessities close at hand.
Earth-friendly PrimaLoft® Gold Eco Insulation is 55% recycled materials and supports system climate performance down to -70° F. Built to handle moisture, this lightweight synthetic insulation is water resistant, retains heat even if it does get wet, and gets you back to dry faster than down.
The Allta Polar K8 Parka is crafted with bluesign®-certified textiles—verified for ecological safety at every step of manufacturing—and is certified STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® as free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances.
A 70-denier micro ripstop shell provides windproof and water-resistant protection while retaining breathability to keep you warm, dry, and sweat-free. Double-layer 40-denier CORDURA® ripstop mapped to key areas minimizes heat loss.
Advanced Hood Protection
Extend your coverage and warmth even further with the insulated hood, and ensure a just-right fit with the adjustable crown cinch. The ruff liner is fashioned from sustainably sourced Finnish fox fur and can be shaped around the face with an internal wire. Attach or detach it with the integrated zipper for a warm and elegant finishing touch.
Four D-rings and eight pockets provide plenty of space for clipping and stowing accessories. Internal mesh pockets are ideal for drying wet gloves, and an external pocket just behind the wind flap offers access without unzipping. Stuff the whole parka down into the included sack for a quick makeshift pillow.
An adjustable cinch hem with a long backside helps seal out the cold while extending coverage. Softshell thumbhole cuffs slip beneath your gloves, providing a baselayer for your hands and seamless coverage against the elements.
ALLTA POLAR K8 PARKA
- Water resistant
- Fast drying
- Articulated elbows
- Thumbhole cuffs
- Four D-rings
- Adjustable cinch hem
- Included stuff sack
- Adjustable crown cinch
- Finnish fox fur ruff liner with shapeable internal wire
- Attachable/detachable via integrated zipper
- DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish repels moisture
- External zippered chest pocket behind the wind flap
- Two zippered patch bicep pockets
- Two zippered insulated oversized hand pockets
- Two internal mesh dry hanger pockets
- Internal zip media-port pocket
- 70-denier micro ripstop nylon shell
- 40-denier CORDURA® ripstop nylon mapped shell
- Dobby full dull nylon lining
- 8 oz. PrimaLoft® Gold Eco Insulation is constructed from 55% recycled materials, withstands temperatures as low as -70° F, is water-repellent, breathable, retains warmth when wet, and dries faster than down
- Weight (Size L): 59.3 oz.
- Imported | TAA Compliant
- Sustainably sourced Finnish fox fur ruff liner
- Insulation is crafted from 55% post-consumer recycled content
- Certified STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® | confirmed free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances
- bluesign®-certified textiles have been verified for ecological safety at every step of manufacturing
Trade Agreements Act Compliant
Designed in Seattle. Imported.
I recently received my order of the Allta Polar K8 Parka in Manatee Grey. I do not live in Alaska nor cold regions of Canada, but in the Southwest. However, I do camp and travel in cold areas, including mountains in the winter. Having grown up and spent time in cold, windy Midwest winters, I appreciate truly rugged, functional cold weather gear. Parkas truly capable of subzero weather can be quite expensive. Normal price for this parka is quite competitive, but I took advantage of the recent sale, which was a great deal.
I am 5’10”, approximately 180#’s. I typically order Large in jackets and parkas. I followed the sizing guide and ordered Large. When I unpacked the parka and put it on, I immediately wondered if sizing was too large. As I checked it out further and tested layering under, I am good with this size. The arms are long with the overall length slightly longer than my fingertips. However, the arms have the long fingertip cuffs and recessed area under the parka cuff to allow for gloves/mittens to fit under the external cuffs which can be further cinched with velcro adjustment. The additional arm length also is nice for arm movement articulation without exposing wrist and arm skin. The fit is Expedition to accomodate layering, and overall fit worked well as I tested various potential layers under.
The specs on Allta Polar K8 Parka say it withstands temperatures down to -70 F. I find myself skeptical on that temp rating, but I am that way on ratings for other various extreme cold weather gear, to include boots, gloves, and mittens. I generally cut subzero temp ratings by 1/2 in the subzero temps for me. So much depends on level of activity, wind, food energy status, age, and sex—women generally perceive cold more than men. I’m an older guy and more sensitive to cold than my younger years, plus lower overall activity level. The cold rating for this parka is also based on a layering system, not static on the parka alone.
The parka length in front is about the same as crotch bottom of my pants, so vulnerable goods are covered. The back is much longer, coming down past mid thigh to a few inches above knee. I like that. You do not need to worry about exposing your back side with physical activity, or bending over to pick up something, adjust clothing, etc. Should you need to sit, your butt is covered and insulated.
The main zipper has dual zippers and has a sewn strip behind the zipper to prevent snagging the zipper—I love that feature and is on another Beyond jacket I bought. The zipper curves to the right of your jaw line at the top. With layering you can end up with a stack of zippers bulging and interfering with closure, and this feature is an excellent choice to avoid that.
Pockets are spacious and main hand pockets are insulated and go all the way to the bottom of the parka. The shoulder pockets also have good room—horizontal length about equal to my hand length from my wrist. The inside drying/storage pockets are nice and large. There is a slide buckle to connect the face covering layer along with velcro to attach to shoulder patch to secure this covering when not in use and avoid strap blowing and hitting face when cover not in use. Pictures on the website seem to indicate this face covering may cover all the way to bottom of eyes, but for me this covering goes up to cover just above the tip of my nose. Hood adjustment along with under layers will affect that position as well.
This parka is not as lofty as down, but none of my synthetic filled jackets are. Some down filled jackets/parkas seem delicate with the outer fabric layer. This parka does not seem at all delicate, but does not feel overly heavy to me to wear.
I have been impressed with Beyond’s feature provisions on this parka and the Aptus Hybrid K5 I purchased previously. I anticipate I will add more Beyond pieces.
I got this jacket for cold Northern Alaskan winters. It arrived last week and I threw it on and took our dogs out for a 8 mile mush in -1 degrees. My upper body and legs (due to the long cut) were warm. I actually overheated a little bit rigging the dogs up. Anything around zero degrees requires no layering with this jacket, just throw it on over a T-shirt and roll out. The pockets are well placed and well insulated for hands, electronics, water bottle, etc. It is now go to jacket for super cold days in the tundra.
I purchased this for my wife, who is very sensitive to the cold. She has tried numerous jackets for our winter hikes, and has not found one that truly kept her consistently warm for multiple hours....until the K8-Alta Parka! Plus, she was astounded at how light weight and comfortable this jacket is! We were out hiking with our sled-dog in sub-zero (with wind chill) temperatures for over 2 hours and she was toasty warm the entire time! She also loves the cut - longer in the back to protect her from the wind and shorter in front, making it less restricting to move. Also, the outer fabric seems bomb-proof! She is not always the most careful to avoid branches and brambles, but this jacket shakes off everything! The Alta Parka is definitely a winner!!
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Allta Polar K8 Parka
Height 5' 8" - 6' 2"
Short: -2 Inches in Sleeve and Torso
Long: +2 Inches in Sleeve and Torso
Chest Widest part of chest
Sleeve Center back of neck to shoulder seam to sleeve hem edge
Standard True to Size | Active Layering
Expedition Oversized | Static Layering