When that inevitable happens and temperatures plunge you need a nice and comfortable jacket to keep you warm by holding your body heat close to your skin while shielding it from the cold air. But how do you pick the perfect jacket? You have to think about the insulation – down feathers or synthetic fibers – as well as the jacket’s features and how much use you can get out of it.
The Arc'teryx Camosun Parka is a modern, refined parka designed for urban environments. The hood can be removed to create a crisp look at the collar. OutdoorGearLab ranked it very high for the jacket’s weather resistance, style, durability, warmth, and comfort. The parka is suitable for casual and professional situations, and it performs well during skiing and winter hiking.
You know a jacket is warm when it was originally designed for scientists in Antarctica. The Canada Goose Expedition Parka features fleece-lined chin guard for comfort, interior shoulder straps that allow you to carry over their shoulder, four exterior fleece-lined zippered handwarmer pockets secured with Velcro ® flaps, and elasticized nylon snow skirt. Most users recommend this jacket. One even wrote: “It cured me of my anxiety towards freezing temperatures.”
The North Face McMurdo II Parka is made for frigid temperatures in urban environments. The waterproof 550-fill down jacket features a neck gaiter built into the removable hood and a two-way front zipper. Insulation traps hot air for reduced heat loss and increased warmth. “The only con so far is that it is possibly too warm,” one person wrote on Amazon.
The Fordham Jacket has a rugged look. It is insulated with water-resistant down and stuffed into a waterproof and breathable MemBrain® polyester herringbone twill. It also comes with a snap-off hood, fleece inner cuffs, and a variety of hand and media pockets for convenience. “Used in -40C with 2 technical baselayers, but only a shirt for up to -15C; lining feels very comfortable; style is versatile enough to be worn in the office and rugged enough when outdoors,” one review reads.
The Patagonia Tres Down Parka is made for very wet and cold climes. The H2No® Performance Standard waterproof/windproof 3-in-1 600-fill-power duck down parka is insulated with Traceable Down. It also has 2-way full zip with storm flap, adjustable, snap-on hood for warmth, and tall zip-through stand-up collar that opens and lies flat for cooling.
This classic Canada Goose Camp Hooded jacket has proven the test of time with variable, windproof construction, providing the most reliable all-conditions performance and versatility. “The lightest and warmest down I've ever owned,” one review on Amazon says. The jacket has a 2-way adjustable tunnel hood for protection against high-winds.
People like the Miss Metro Parka because it warm, comfortable, stylish, lightweight and windproof. “Love wearing this while walking the dogs and running errands. Looks nice enough to wear over suits to work. Very warm yet lightweight. Very pleased with the way it looks as well,” one person wrote in a review. The removable zip-off hood is a nice touch.
The 15D Ghost Lite face fabric with which the Mountain Hardwear StretchDown RS Hooded Jacket is made is surprisingly strong and weather-resistant. The revolutionary bonded-channel construction supercharges durability and heat-retention. There is a little added stretch to improve technical mobility in the mountains. “I'm looking forward to it being my go to jacket when I need warming up at a belay or when changing over from walk to ski!” a review reads.
The Positron Jacket is a technical, box-wall bodied down jacket, featuring a water-resistant outer fabric designed for mountain and expedition use at high altitudes. The box-wall construction on the torso, back and hood, and a stitch-through construction on the sides and arms increase mobility and comfort. “It's the most snuggly wuggly, cosy wosy, duvet-like coat ever. Bestest,” one of many similar reviews reads.
The Fjakkraven Arktis Parka is a long and very durable down jacket that keeps you warm even when the temperature dives. Reinforcements in G-1000 HD in the front, on the sleeves and in the rear offer extra protection against snow and moisture. The large breast pockets can hold a thermos while the smaller pockets on the outside are perfect for keys, a compass and multi tools. There are two large bellow pockets at the hem and two pockets with comfortable fleece lining to keep your hands warm. The filling is 80 goose down and 20 percent feather.
The Arc'teryx Men's Ceres Down Parka is the warmest jacket in Arc'teryx's Essentials collection. It sports 850-fill European Grey Goose Down insulation for exceptional warmth in the most extreme environments. Down Composite Mapping places synthetic insulation along zones prone to condensation from active use, such as the underarm areas. Also, “the coat is incredibly lightweight and can be put into a travel bag that comes with the coat,” a review says.
The Patagonia Men's DAS Parka features a lightweight, nylon ripstop Pertex® Endurance shell with PU coating. The jacket is also water-resistant, windproof and treated with a durable water repellent finish. It is insulated throughout with 120-g PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Hi-Loft that uses multidenier fibers for incredible loft, high thermal values and packability. The helmet-compatible hood with visor and single-pull drawcord adjusts for overall volume and peripheral vision.
The North Face Men’s GOTHAM JACKET II is a warm, waterproof winter parka that fits close to the body. It has an emergency neck gaiter that tucks into collar when not in use and a removable fur brim. There are also chest pockets with snap-flap closure. “I just got back from a vacation to Iceland in February, and this jacket kept me warm and comfortable the whole time! The built in neck gator really saved me a couple of times when I forgot a scarf as well. I could not be happier with this jacket,” a review on Amazon says.
The down interior is thin, yet warm enough so you can wear only a T-shirt underneath. The Fjallraven Men's Greenland No. 1 Down Jacket is designed in a classic outdoorsy style and features everything you need to actually stay comfy out there against water, wind, and abrasion.“I purchased this jacket while living […] less than 150km from the Arctic Circle. This was my daily wear jacket from mid/late fall through to the dead of winter. The jacket is absolutely outstanding in its quality!!!” one of many similar reviews says.
The subdued style of the Columbia NORTH PROTECTION™ HOODED DOWN JACKET easily transitions from city to wilderness. The rugged jacket is as warm as it gets, sealing out the coldest air imaginable with 700-fill-power down and reflecting your body heat for even more warmth with the company’s patented thermal-reflective technology. The jackets features water resistant fabric, attached, adjustable hood, zippered hand and chest pockets, and interior security pocket.
The Mountain Hard Wear Dynotherm™ Down Hooded Jacket is a lightweight, versatile, and packable jacket with a high warmth-to-weight ratio. It is made for cold, active people who spend time outside with friends and even colder evenings around the campfire. It’s fortified with Q.Shield® DOWN 650-fill insulation, which retains critical loft and warmth even when wet, so you stay comfortable without the bulk.
The Patagonia Wanaka Down Jacket is a warm and stormproof jacket with an H2No® Performance Standard shell with a waterproof/breathable barrier. It also has a durable water repellent finish and removable hood. The jacket is lined with 100 percent recycled polyester, full-length zipper, stand-up collar, external storm flap with snap closures and adjustable snap closure cuffs; removable and adjustable insulated hood, and gusseted underarms for increased range of motion.
The jacket was made from an element that was named after Thor. It’s only logical that the Arc'teryx Thorium AR Hooded Down Jacket will protect man from the wrath of winter. The specifically situated synthetic insulation offers aggressive warmth when this jacket is worn over a thermal baselayer. Air pockets are little barricades, preventing warm air from escaping and cold air from entering.