And like other products from The North Face, fit is a bit boxier than we would prefer although this can be good for layering. Comfortable knit cuffs keep snow out and your wrists warm. On the upside, the thicker shells are much better at avoiding tears and small abrasions and therefore should last longer. Patagonia Down With It Jacket. The jacket does get reasonably high marks for being cozy in cold conditions, but you likely will want to layer up when the temperatures get truly frigid.
There are three words that perfectly sum up this jacket; comfortable, cozy and classy. The wire peaked hood ensures it stays in place, however, windy. Combine this with two hand warmer pockets, a chin guard, and a two-way zipper and you have perhaps the ultimate winter coat.
Canada Goose is the original extreme weather expedition parka and if it can keep explorers safe from the most extreme conditions on the planet, it will keep nice and warm on your adventures. Additional features include a zip front with hook and loop placket, unique front hand warmer cargo pockets specifically developed for scientists working in Antarctica, and a fur-trimmed hood. Stuffed with goose down with a fill power rating and featuring Air Shield technology and a thick baffle construction, this jacket is hard to beat.
Other features include an inside pocket for your valuables and a detachable hood, in other words, another two reasons why this jacket is so popular. Their DownTek technology makes their down fill water repellant and resistant to microbes and bacteria. Additional features include a Pertex Quantum shell, attached hood, baffled chest construction and a zippered chin guard. This guy will perform flawlessly in the harshest conditions imaginable. It is a breathable and insulated all-mountain jacket guaranteed to keep you dry in the worst conditions.
The SV is ideal for winter sports, hiking or simply enjoying nature. This lightweight jacket has been and features micro-seam allowances allowing it to be folding up small for easy transportation. For the man who enjoys spending hours in the wilderness enjoying the beauties of nature, regardless of the weather, this functional and rugged jacket makes for the ideal investment. Highly insulated with a water-resistant down that keeps the water out and the warmth within, the jacket is presented with a snap-off hood and a range of pockets for storing all of your essentials.
The interior Velcro adjustable cuffs enable you to block out those bitter chills while the elasticated drawcord hem adjusts to fit your body perfectly. Stitched in durable G and trimmed with leather for the most luxurious of finishes, this attractive jacket boasts reinforced shoulders and forearms paired with a snap closure over the front zip.
There is plenty of storage with the two chest pockets while the curved neckline works to banish the coldest of breezes and lock in the warmth at all times. Lightweight in construction and perfect for transporting on your next outdoor adventure, choose a Fjallraven today. The zipper enclosure has a wind protecting flap that works in collaboration with the elasticated cuffs to keep the bitter wind and rain away from your body.
And for that luxurious and attractive finish, the removable fur brim hugs the neckline bringing comfort during those bitter walks home. Priced in the more affordable range, this attractive mountaineers jacket boasts a unique stitch-free construction which eliminates the risk of warmth escaping or cold breezes finding their way in.
With a quilted design and available in a range of colors, added features include the integrated weather skirt that seals in the warmth and the strategic double-weave reinforcement zones that guarantee you a jacket that will stand the test of time during many a cold and bitter Winter.
Seam-sealed and treated with a water repellency finish, this fully insulated jacket has an adjustable hood, removable faux fur and plenty of pockets for storing all your essentials on longer expeditions. Available in a variety of colors in-keeping with traditional outdoor wear, look no further than you go on the hunt for a winter jacket to rely on.
The most affordable choice on our list, this lightweight winter jacket has been tested for its waterproof qualities and boast an Omni-Heat reflective lining that works to keep heat within.
You certainly can spend a lot more for a winter jacket, but we love the combination of quality and value offered by the Gotham III from The North Face. This coat covers all of the important bases: What are the shortcomings of the Gotham III? The cherry on top: Those considering the women's-specific version should keep in mind that it varies more than usual: Premium warmth, build quality, and packability at a low weight.
Very expensive and overkill for casual use. With nearly 8 ounces of fill goose down and a seam taped, windproof shell, this is a supremely cozy winter down jacket that weighs only 1. For deep backcountry use in the depths of winter, the Firebee AR is as good as it gets. Interestingly, the Firebee AR is technical in design but not as technical looking as you might expect. Premium down and a nice feature set at a low price point. Not everyone will like the mix of technical and casual features.
As the name insinuates, you get premium fill goose down along with a 2-layer waterproof shell. Impressively, the jacket boasts a number of technical features like pit zips for dumping heat and a 2-way zipper up front.
It has many similarities to a belay jacket or ski shell including the waterproofness and technical features, but the hood is not helmet compatible and the streamlined look could work just fine in the city too. And one thing worth noting: Clean styling; excellent weather resistance and coverage. Pricey for a casual piece. Finding a winter jacket that is both warm and looks the part for everyday use can be a challenge, but Patagonia toes the line nicely with the new City Storm Parka.
This jacket is warm, comfortable, fully waterproof, and has clean lines that work well in a variety of situations. And importantly, the Parka-length cut offers more warmth and coverage than just about anything outside of Canada Goose. On the flipside, the jacket is expensive it is Patagonia, after all , and parkas always can be a bit tough to dial in fit. Seattle-based Feathered Friends is a small company that specializes in premium down products, and they manufacture most everything in the Unites States.
We love their lightweight Eos for cool weather, but the heavyweight Khumbu Parka is about as warm as it gets. You also get thoughtful touches like PrimaLoft Gold synthetic insulation around the collar, reinforced elbows, and a handy two-way zipper. The reason the Khumbu Parka is ranked here and not higher is its limited appeal for daily use.
At the end of the day, the Firebee AR above has a cleaner look and wider appeal, but the Khumbu Parka clearly wins on warmth and down fill. See the Feathered Friends Khumbu Parka. Warm, looks great, and reasonably priced. Build quality is good but not great. This jacket is stuffed with an impressive Many winter jackets with a fraction of the down cost quite a bit more. Why is this jacket priced so competitively? Slim fit, particularly around the collar.
The fit is a bit snug for a cold-weather layering piece, and particularly in the collar area when trying to add extra warmth like a scarf. It also feels a lot bulkier and heavier than the Gotham above, particularly around the shoulders and arms.
But the upside is we found it to offer a step up in warmth on truly frigid days. Super warm and stylish. At the high end of the winter jacket spectrum is Toronto-based Canada Goose. These jackets are the real deal: Our top pick from Canada Goose is the Langford Parka, which hits a nice sweet spot between Arctic and urban use.
Aside from the awesome warmth, craftsmanship, and looks, our biggest issue with Canada Goose is price. But if you run cold, need the extra insulation, or appreciate the styling, Canada Goose has a valuable corner of the market.
Versatile and a good value. This winter jacket has 8. The tall neck and burly hood do a great job at blocking wind and cold air. And we like the styling, which is performance-oriented Rab is a climbing company but translates better for casual use than a jacket like the Feathered Friends Khumbu Parka above. One shortcoming of the Endurance Neutrino is that the Pertex Endurance shell is relatively thin.
While the fabric does a great job shedding snow and protecting you from the wind, the denier face fabric and denier lining prioritize packability and weight over all-out durability. A warm and stretchy synthetic jacket at a reasonable price. Not a ton of casual crossover appeal. This synthetic jacket replaced the DAS Parka, which was popular among climbers and other winter adventurers for years.
With g HyperDAS insulation, it provides solid warmth and impressive wet weather performance. Whereas down loses its ability to insulate when wet, the Hyper Puff will keep on ticking. Keep in mind that the Patagonia Hyper Puff is a specialty piece. All things considered, casual users and those looking for maximum coziness should stick to down, but the Hyper Puff is a powerhouse performance piece for the right people.
Well built; fit allows room for layering. Low fill power for the price. Similar to Canada Goose, Fjallraven makes good-looking outdoor gear that toes the line between casual and performance at least casual levels of performance. G is an outlier these days but super durable and does resist moisture surprisingly well you can add beeswax to aid in the process.
We do have concerns about its warmth: Keep in mind that this coat runs large and should allow plenty of room for layering, which can be a good thing but impacts sizing. Warm; excellent materials and build quality. Slightly heavier and more expensive than the Rab Neutrino Endurance. Montane makes premium performance products and the Deep Heat is no exception.
First, you get 9. The shell is a high-end Pertex Quantum Pro, which is reasonably tough yet lightweight and weather resistant. And the jacket comes with a host of other handy features for serious adventurers including a helmet-compatible hood, water resistant zippers, and a waterproof dry bag make sure to remove the jacket from the dry bag for long-term storage.
Both use premium fill down but the Montane has a little more of it. The two jackets offer tons of warmth and excellent coverage around the head and face, and both are built for climbing yet have a clean enough look for everyday use. See the Men's Montane Deep Heat. A waterproof winter parka. Pricey and fit can be a bit roomy. And some people find the hood to be a bit large and the pockets to be small for gloves. For a women's-specific model with a very similar overall design, see Arc'teryx's Patera Parka below.
See the Men's Arc'teryx Therme. Super warm and great coverage. Design can be a bit polarizing. Most importantly, this jacket is super warm with 9.
For protection from snow and rain, the jacket has wax and polyurethane coatings that will help moisture bead off. We wish that the jackets featuring a single layer of fabric protecting the hands in a warming pocket had a more sophisticated design. The Canada Goose models, for instance, both have uninsulated hand pockets. When wearing a trench-coat-length parka, the need for two-way zippers becomes apparent. The extended length can inhibit stride, and wearing a long coat while seated can be awkward and uncomfortable without this feature.
The Haglofs Torsang Parka is a long coat with a separating zipper on the bottom. Getting this zipper started is annoying, but once rigged it runs smoothly. Cuff closures can be simple elastic closures, a snap closure, or Velcro, but a good winter parka needs them. They seal out the snow and cold and integrate well with gloves. Open cuffs with internal gaskets, like those on the Arc'teryx Camosun and Woolrich Bitter Chill , combine fashion and function.
The Haglofs Torsang has soft inner gaskets with velcro closed outer cuffs. This is perhaps the best of both worlds. Other features that may be important to you include internal phone pockets with headphone ports, skirts to seal out the cold, or built-in face warmers. We liked the feature set on the Canada Goose Expedition Parka.
It has almost a dozen pockets, a snow skirt, and a drawcord waist, not to mention a fur-trimmed hood. Both come with an array of pockets, including an internal Napoleon pocket referencing the famous pose that has a headphone channel, so your electronics stay dry. Other jackets, like the REI Co-op Down , are bare-bones models with little more than two hand pockets. Our personalities show through our clothing choices, winter jackets included. This review includes parkas that could be worn to a nice restaurant and a Broadway show, and others that are clean and simple but are more at home walking the dog.
While technical jackets might be at home in the mountains, they are easily worn in urban settings and can let some of your outdoorsy personality show through. Casual urban parkas don't usually work the other way. They are likely missing crucial elements for safe winter adventurings, think hoods or full waterproofing.
Most of the models reviewed have an extended cut, which adds warmth and weather resistance. It also gives them a different look than the waist-length athletic cuts that most backcountry-inspired jackets have. We liked the style of the Patagonia Jackson Glacier and Arc'teryx Camosun , which are both stylish enough to dress up but also perform well while snowshoeing or ice skating. The dapper Woolrich Bitter Chill scores well in this category as well. Across the board, we tested different "looks" to find something for everyone.
Our newest jackets are polarizing in terms of fashion. Except for the OR Whitefish. Its subtle style is unanimously appreciated. Our most fashion-conscious tester roundly approves of the look of the Whitefish.
This same tester did not like the look of the Haglofs Torsang. This tester's summary of the Torsang was as follows — "It looks like a tube. You look like a blood sausage". Not all testers are so disapproving of the Torsang's style, but this opinion is strong enough to be worth noting. With few exceptions, quality winter outerwear is expensive. For a quality winter parka, expect to invest. On the upside, that investment will pay off for a few years of consistent use, depending on your activity levels.
Are you going to be in contact with razor-sharp winter climbing gear, like ice axes? Or will you only be using the parka to get from home to the bus stop all winter? After investing a large sum of money in a winter jacket, we want to feel like our investment is protected, so we like the lifetime guarantees offered by companies like Canada Goose and Patagonia , who stand by the craftsmanship and materials of their products.
One of the most critical durability considerations is a jacket's outer fabric. Solid, heavy-duty, canvas-like exterior materials can withstand more abuse than the thinner shell of, say, the REI Co-op Down Hood. Zippers, snaps, and Velcro get a lot of use, so we looked at these closures to make sure they are durable enough. We gave our highest score in this category to the Canada Goose Expedition Parka. The large zippers, durable outer material, and quality construction make this jacket last.
Similarly, the Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber is quite rugged. We are concerned about the durability of the technical models tested. These are frequently around sharp ice climbing tools, and the thin shell on the REI Co-op Hooded won't hold up well to a wayward ice screw or axe.
Quality options like the Arc'terxy Camosun are less worrisome. It didn't scuff or abraid when loading wood or tossing skis over the shoulder. A winter jacket needs to do a lot of things.
And it needs to do them well. For all around, day-to-day wear, comfort, fashion, and protection need to align in a the whole is greater than the sum of its parts kind of way.
The search is difficult. We hope that our efforts here help you. We know that many will take our initial recommendations and purchase an award winner. We also know that many are digging deeper into the information. We are happy to oblige readers on every level, as well as to take your feedback on how we can better help you make your choices.
Select a good winter jacket, hunker down, and enjoy the changing seasons. The Best Winter Jackets for Men of Displaying 1 - 5 of Updated September We justed revisited our selection and added in some familiar old products and some new gear. Currently, we're on the hunt for a synthetic Editors Choice counterpart. We purchased the Haglofs Torsang with this in mind, following up on exciting online reviews.
What we found was excellent wet weather performance, but a style, warmth rating, and fit that just didn't light our fire. We're holding off on granting this second Editors Choice award, but we're out there looking.
Patience is a virtue in pursuit of the best gear on the planet. See all prices 4 found. See all prices 2 found. A selection of tested jackets. From time to time we add in new jackets and reconfirm our impressions of older ones. Clockwise from upper left: The Canada Goose coyote fur hood lining is controversial, it's also really warm. Down Fill Power and Fill Weight — As we discuss more in our Buying Advice article, higher down fill power numbers denote higher quality down feathers.
This translates into lighter, warmer down fill that is also more compressible. Ultimately though the amount of insulation, not the quality , is what determines a jacket's warmth. The amount used, usually measured in ounces, is described by a jacket's fill weight. Manufacturers usually advertise a jacket's fill power but not its fill weight. To get a jump on winter jacket testing we took evening motorcycle rides in mountainous autumnal temperatures to simulate colder, more rugged conditions.
We eventually got into some rain and snow as well. Removable faux fur lining and an integrated facemask help you stay toasty when wearing the McMurdo III. Despite its slim appearance, the Editors' Choice-winning Arc'teryx Camosun Parka is very warm, thanks to body-mapped down and synthetic insulation.
Wheather you choose a DWR treated jacket or a layered shell with a waterproof membrane like Gore-Tex and a DWR coating on the outer fabric, you have to take good care of it to keep it waterproof. Detergents strip DWR treatments from the fabric but letting the jacket's get dirty makes the waterproofing less effective.
When you DWR finish wears off they all will , use a wash-in or spray-on waterproofing to restore your winter jacket's weather resistance. A large, comfortable and adjustable hood does a great job of keeping you out of the weather. If a jacket claims to be waterproof, make sure that the seams are fully taped.
Stitches punch tiny holes in the fabric. If they are not taped, they become an easy entry for moisture. The ski skirt on the Canada Goose Expedition Down Parka seems odd since you wouldn't want to hit the slopes in this sleeping bag of a jacket. But it works wonders to keep drafts at bay. Fleece linings are comfortable, but can be binding.
Haglofs mitigates the issue by lining the lower hem and the sleeves with smooth, light nylon. Comfortable knit cuffs keep snow out and your wrists warm.
When you think of winter gear, The North Face is probably one of the first brands that comes to mind. The Nuptse Ridge Parka features a classic puffer jacket style and uses a fill-power down. Shopping for a winter parka is an experience that immediately entangles you in a morass of options and complicating factors. When you just want a winter jacket, you . from $94 BUY NOW. Carhartt has always been a go-to brand for seriously warm winter jackets, and for good reason. This stellar option has a tough AF outer shell to protect you from the cold, an oh-so-soft flannel lining for all the cozy feels, and ribbed-knit cuffs and waist work to trap that body heat.