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Photos by Eric Black

I think at this point it’s safe to say the weather has been far from predictable this year. Cool and rainy during the summer, hot and sunny for fall — who knows what to expect this winter in spite of all the forecasts going around. Yet as a true Canadian, I can’t help but hope for a white Christmas — even though that hardly happens in Toronto.

Yet miracles do happen and if Old Man Winter decides to keep up with, at the very least, modest traditions, I’ll be a happy camper in my new Canada Goose HyBridge Sutton Parka. As a city girl who loves outdoor adventures, it’s the perfect winter coat for me.

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What immediately drew me to this jacket was its slim fit. Although “built for high intensity activities in extreme weather,” as written on Altitude Sports, it seemed to me as though it were designed for the urban dweller. It even has edgy zipper and panelled detailing that set it apart from more traditional parkas. That said, those details were included to increase comfort, movement, warmth and flexibility.

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Speaking of warmth, 800 Fill Power Hutterite White Goose Down packed under durable water repellent fabric is the way to go. But I think one of my favourite touches is the face windguard tucked away in the hood. As soon as I slip that on, I immediately feel like a ninja. Confession: When I was little, I wanted to be a ninja.

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Aside from all the practical features of the HyBridge Sutton Parka, it’s a badass piece to add to my winter wardrobe. I can wear it with almost anything, it fits like a glove and it’ll keep me all cozy in harsh weather. What more could I ask for?

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