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Right Hand Jacket Parajumpers

Parajumpers Right Hand Jacket : Staff Knowledge Share

The Parajumpers Right Hand Jacket Explained

The new kid on the block in terms of our roster but sure to make an instant impression thanks to its unparalleled practicality, American outerwear specialist Parajumpers could very well be your next go-to when it comes to buying an indispensable winter staple and expert Aphrodite Sales Assistant Mykal is here to tell you why the Parajumpers ‘Right Hand’ jacket should be a strong contender when whittling your favourite jackets down.

Parajumpers at Aphrodite

Backstory & Construction:

Based on the mantra ‘that others may live’, in 2005 Parajumpers was launched by Massimo Rosseti – a fully-fledged design veteran in the outerwear realm. Inspired by a chance meeting with a serving member of the Alaskan 210th Rescue Squadron, Rosseti set about curating a functional jacket collection that truly pushed the boundaries of innovation.

Taking reference from the extreme rescue and recovery missions that the dedicated men and women of the 210th Rescue Squadron undertake, Parajumpers jackets are tailor made for unpredictable conditions and far-flung destinations across the globe.

The Parajumpers Right Hand jacket is particularly suited to inclement weather and the construction can prove it. Made from a robust nylon oxford fabric, its exterior has undergone a special treatment that makes it both dirt and rain resistant while also boasting inner lamination for enhanced protection. Taped seams at the hood, shoulders and armholes further increase its will to withstand heavy wind and rain.

With a fill rating of 700, the silhouette is superlatively thermal and is formulated with a ratio of 90% down and 10% feathers (sourced responsibly as a byproduct) and although many factors can determine an individual’s need for insulation, this jacket has a certified Parajumpers temperature rating of 3 which is considered very high and wholly appropriate for colder climates. Aspects which may affect internal heat production include – activity levels – such as climbing – and strong, high-speed winds.

Trimmed with a coyote fur ruff sourced from Canada, which can be detached based on your own personal preference, the Right Hand jacket comes detailed with an assortment of pocket space, comprising a roomy cargo pocket that’s lined with mesh, two cosy handwarmer pockets, a secure interior pocket and a zippered sleeve pocket residing with pride next to the iconic PJS patch.

Signed off with the Parajumpers signature – the famous and highly technical snap-hook neck for a fully functional feel – the garment’s completed with faux shearling at the inner collar for an ultra soft finish on the skin while ribbed cuffs work to lock in essential heat on the arms.

Parajumpers Fit & Sizing:

  • The Parajumpers Right Hand jacket currently runs in size M – XXL at Aphrodite.
  • We recommend selecting your usual size in this silhouette as it is deemed a regular fit.


Parajumpers Right Hand Jacket


Garment Care:

Although machine washable – where you can, we would avoid running this jacket through the washing machine as it can affect the even distribution of the down internally. Instead, buff subtle marks by hand on the outer.


The Gobi jacket by Parajumpers is cheaper than the Right Hand at a price of £775. Visually, this alternative is almost a carbon copy of the Right Hand jacket, however, it runs slightly shorter at the hem – sitting directly on the hips unlike its counterpart which resides further down. Available in black and bush green colourways, it’s part of the brand’s Masterpiece collection and is designed to take on the harshest outdoor excursions.

Available now in-store and online at Aphrodite, the Parajumpers Right Hand jacket is £839.

Patagonia 3 in 1 Parka

Patagonia 3 in 1 Parka : Staff Knowledge Share

A single jacket that covers all your needs

Next up in our Staff Knowledge Share series is the Patagonia 3 in 1 parka, a trusty winter style showcased this season in a dependable tone of forest green and presented by our very own Senior Sales Store Supervisor, Jonny, who is well equipped in the knowledge of all things Patagonia 

Ideal for impromptu adventures in the great outdoors, this design is guaranteed to be your go-to for colder climates each and every year, so without further ado let’s find out what all the fuss is about… 

Patagonia 3 in 1 Parka

Backstory & Construction 

Priced at £549, the Patagonia 3-in-1 parka can, as you may have already guessed, be worn a total of three different ways. The wearer is able to choose between its waterproof shell – worn soloits thermal padded jacket – also sported solo – or, its slick and insulating parka, built from both the shell and the padded jacket combined. Therefore, if you’re on the hunt for a single jacket that covers all your needs, look no further than this hybrid. 

The Waterproof Shell: 

Super warm and sophisticated, this 2-layer polyester shell is secured with a zip-through closure (for optimal motion when sitting) and a protective snap flap that provides mountaineering standard storm protection. Breathable and coated with a Durable Water Repellent finish, it’s specifically designed to keep inclement weather at bay while a lining of recycled polyester means that moisture can be easily wicked away and the jacket can efficiently glide atop additional layers.  

A 2-way zipped hood can be entirely removed to fit the forecast, while four front pockets, two concealed at the chest, and a set of fleece-lined side entry pockets, all supply plenty of space for keeping your hands warm and safeguarding your valuables. 


Patagonia 3 in 1 Parka at Aphrodite


The Padded Coat: 

Efficiently attaching to the shell using its front zipper, this down proof coat boasts a robust recycled ripstop outer and 700 fill power that’s bolstered by goose and duck down insulation which, as you would expect from a brand of Patagonia’s ethical stature, are all reclaimed down products. Furthermore, the coat is Fairtrade Certified Sewn, meaning that the people who produce and manufacture the coat are paid a premium for their labour. 

Additional details include a security pocket positioned on the chest, micro-fleece lined hand warmer pockets and an interior zip pocket complete with a carabiner clip-in loop which doubles up as a stuff sack for packing the jacket away within a moment’s notice. 

The Insulating Parka: 

With the utility-driven details of both silhouettes fused, this hybrid parka is sure to be an indispensable staple in your winter rotation. Characterised by its thermal properties and recycled rendering, the eco-friendly option will, without doubt, breeze through harsh conditions as they draw in this season. 

Fit & Sizing 

Currently available at Aphrodite in sizes M – XL, the Patagonia 3-in-1 parka is constructed in a regular fit which means you can select your usual size without having to worry about whether it’s going to be too small or a little oversized. 

Garment Care 

Both the shell and liner component of this garment can be washed at 30 degrees. 

Shop the 3 in 1 Parka and the entire Patagonia range at Aphrodite. 

Maya Jacket Moncler

Moncler Maya Jacket : Staff Knowledge Share

Everything you need to know about about the Moncler Maya jacket

Once again proving the most –sought after outerwear piece of the year, the Maya jacket by Moncler reaffirms its popularity for the AW20 season with scores of Aphrodite customers snapping up the design to see them through the looming winter months. Given the palpable attention it commands both in-store and online, it’s no surprise that each of our members of staff are rich in knowledge of the Moncler Maya, especially store sales assistant Jorge. As part of our ‘Staff Knowledge Share’ series, Jorge has kindly detailed everything you need to know about the thermal Moncler staple below.

Maya Jacket By Moncler Aphrodite

Backstory & Construction

Currently available in three versatile colourways, ranging from black, olive and navy, this iconic style is a linchpin of Moncler’s modern identity. Inspired by ’80s skiwear; it draws on the warmth, functionality and flexibility avid skiers require on the slopes and during après-ski activities, transcending these specifications into something more city appropriate.

Favoured by city-goers and celebs alike, this jacket has harnessed its own star power, turning into a reputable winter force across the globe. Acting legend Will Smith and Hotling Bling rapper Drake are just a couple of the jacket’s high-profile fans.

Dressed in a glossy nylon laquer, the jacket utilises the highest quality down fill, with Moncler ensuring the animal’s welfare is of the greatest importance, meaning no form of live-plucking is employed by Moncler. With a warming ratio of 90% white goose down clusters and 10% feathers, the jacket is packed tight with lightness, thermal capacity and insulating properties.

Boasting a fill power of 710, that’s cubic inches per 30 grams of down, the Maya jacket offers the wearer a light and airy body that’s both immensely comforting and warm.


Moncler Maya Standout Features

Lacquered nylon shell | 90% goose down clusters, 10% feathers | Detachable hood |Drawstring adjustments | Two-way zip closure | Two zip pockets | Interior zip pocket | Press-stud sleeve pocket | Moncler appliqué | Adjustable cuffs

Moncler Maya Jacket Front and Back


Moncler Maya Fit & Sizing

In-store we’re often queried about the sizing of Moncler items which some can find tricky, particularly if they’re new to the brand. To give our customers some clarity on things we’ve listed a Moncler size guide below and we’ll also run over the sizing specifics of this jacket too, just so you know exactly how the Maya fits.

1 – size S, 2 – size M, 3 – size L, 4 – size XL, 5 – size 2XL, 6 – size 3XL, 7 – size 4XL.

Now that you’re up to speed with the sizing basics, let us explore the jacket’s fit. From experience, the majority of our customers tend to find that Moncler products fit quite close to the body. So as a rule of thumb, we would usually recommend taking a size up, after all, winter jacket’s that have some room to breathe and manoeuvre always feel more cosy and comfortable.

Garment Care

As with any down-filled garment, the Maya jacket must be delicately handled to maintain its proportions and even fill distribution. Official Moncler advice states that this jacket is safe to wash on a mild process 30 degrees wash. Do not bleach, do not tumble dry, do not iron and dry cleaning only in tetrachloroethene or with hydrocarbons.

Though it is safe to mildly wash, going off personal experience, we would stick with handwashing to retain its original construction and authentic look and feel.

Moncler Maya Jacket Features

Adds Ons & Alternatives

Equally great paired with sweatpants or denim, this style can be dressed up or down depending on your own preference and the occasion you have in mind. For a fully-fledged winter look, Moncler hats, gloves and scarves are great for keeping the ensemble branding on point.

If perhaps you can’t find the colourway or size you’re wanting in the Maya, a great alternative is the Moncler Ecrins jacket, currently available at Aphrodite in navy, black and red colourways. Though the Maya and Ecrins jackets are almost mirroring images of each other on the surface, there are some minor differences that we’re happy to highlight so that you can decipher which is best suited to you. The Ecrins has a price increase of £95, bringing the total of the jacket to £950 while further variations present at the hood – this silhouette’s hood is fully stitched onto the neckline and therefore, not able to detach at all. It is worth noting that both designs boast the same close-cut construction, therefore our sizing advice would remain unchanged in this instance.

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