For more background information, see our winter jacket comparison table and buying advice below the picks. More expensive than the Montreal with inferior down fill.
Antarctica is oft the colder of the poles, and if the US Government has faith that a Canada Goose jacket will keep your cockles warm in the coldest place on Earth, then far be it for us to argue. The brand has a number of Canada Goose people , all of whom represent the brand proudly. These aren't normal brand ambassadors though, they can't just throw money at them and say wear our togs please, the good have to pass muster.
People like Jordan Romero, the youngest person ever to have climbed the seven summits of the world, or champion dogsledder Lance Mackey. These are guys and gals who need clothes that do the job, so if you're wondering whether this is the right range of jackets to keep you warm through the winter months, wonder no more.
And whilst high fashion is undoubtedly important, these designs ignore the style du jour in favour of a cut that remains evergreen, even when the trees have lost their leaves. The style of Canada Goose clothing has remained steady. These aren't flights of fashion fancy, which will look 'last season' come next season, but clothes that are built to last years, and that will look as good in as they do now.
Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Our Editors' Choice award winner, the Canada Goose Kensington Parka , was close in warmth and was filled with fill white duck down. The durable shell on the Kensington Parka kept cold air out and warm air in, scoring a near perfect 9 out of 10 in the warmth metric.
Also scoring a 9 out of 10, cue the Patagonia Down With It Parka, which is insulated with fill-power recycled down. Both are insulated with plush, thick down from the hood to above our knee and did an excellent job keeping cold air out and heat trapped inside. Most of the jackets offered specific features, which helped improve our warmth on cold days - the main one being fleece-lined pockets! What a lovely, cozy feature on a supremely cold day. Thickly insulated hoods, like the Canada Goose Shelburne Parka and the Marmot Montreaux kept us toasty and secure in stormy weather.
The extra protection and down insulation made a difference when it came to staying warm in frigid weather 10F and below. If you are someone that is always cold, or you just like to stay toasty warm, we'd recommend considering a knee-length parka. A common misconception is that because a jacket or parka has a higher fill, it will be the warmest.
The Arc'teryx Patera Parka has fill European goose down, but is not the warmest contender; in fact, it ranks towards the bottom in regards to keeping us toasty on a cold winter day, scoring a 6 out of While it is not as lofty as the Montreaux or the Kensington Parka , the Patera uses Coreloft synthetic fill in high moisture spots - inner arms, hem, and collar. We could feel the cold air on our arms and shoulders in cold weather because of this.
In a milder climate of F, however, we appreciated the Coreloft synthetic fill while out on a short hike, especially when we started to get hot and sweaty. If you're seeking a jacket that handles breathability and ventilation, we like the Arc'teryx Darrah Coat. We generally found that synthetic and insulated models with low fill powers lacked considerable warmth and were among the lowest, in regards to warmth, in our testing.
The Arc'teryx Patera Parka is a synthetically insulated winter option, complete with g of Coreloft synthetic insulation. It's not the best parka for weather below 25F or super cold snow storms, but we were impressed with how well it performed while blocking wind and keeping our core warm. While they were both surprisingly warm, they were not as toasty as the jackets that are insulated with thick down and high fill powers, such as the Rab Deep Cover Parka or the Marmot Montreaux. The Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket is insulated with an unknown amount of Omni-Heat synthetic fill, while Arc'teryx Darrah Coat has grams of synthetic insulation which is equivalent to fill goose down.
Despite being insulated with the equivalent of fill goose down, the Arc'teryx Darrah Coat was warmer in windy and stormy conditions.
We'd believe that warmth and water resistance almost go hand in hand. Winter weather can range from snow, sleet, wind, freezing rain, or just plain old heavy rain.
All the models we tested offered some level of protection from the elements, from DWR durable water repellent coated nylon or polyester shell to full-blown waterproof fabric.
Before buying a winter jacket, it's important to consider the climate you live in and the purpose of the jacket. If you are living in a wet climate like Seattle, having a jacket that is waterproof and warm is important. If cold temperatures and snow are your typical winter conditions, a DWR coating should suffice. To figure out each jacket's degree of Weather Resistance, we put them through an array of tests.
We went on walks on snow days, stood in place for an extended period in windy conditions, braved blizzards in the middle of the night, and we even brought the two-layer waterproof models in the shower. The durable exterior shells kept us toasty and warm in windy weather, as did the thick down of Patagonia Down With It Parka and the Marmot Montreaux.
Whether you're holiday shopping in New York City on a blustery day, or running errands around town in light snow, why not look stylish and warm?
The models we tested ranged in length, fit and function. Some had a smooth, sleek outer shell like the Arc'teryx Patera Parka , while others had beautiful chevron baffling, like the Marmot Montreaux. Everyone has their own preference, but what stood out the most concerning style was the fit.
If your jacket doesn't fit you correctly, chances are you won't like wearing it, which sounds like a waste of money. With that said, make sure to know your size and how the jacket fits before buying one, or brace yourself for the impact of reordering and returning until you figure out the best fit. If you're someone that likes to layer up, a jacket that offers more room in the arms and torso will be perfect for fitting a heavy layer or sweater underneath.
While everyone has their own opinion when it comes to style and how a jacket fits, the jackets we found to be the most appealing over our two months of testing were the form-fitting ones, like the Canada Goose Kensington Parka and the Rab Deep Cover Parka ; both scored a perfect 10 out of Oozing with style from head to toe, this knee-length contender is a show stopper.
From the smooth, sleek, water-resistant outer shell to the adjustable cinched-waist, no detail has been left out. The quality construction of the Kensington Parka is apparent across the board. Canada Goose continues to impress and the Camp Hooded was no exception.
Compared to The Legendary Whitetails Anchorage Parka , which has many stylish features, the Canada Goose Kensington offers a heavy-duty option that's going to last longer. Military grade buttons and zippers add a durable touch without jeopardizing the classy look of the jacket. The coyote fur ruff is highly functional in cold weather, as well as super stylish.
The Kensington is comparable to armor, but it's also attractive, form-fitting, and feminine. In cold weather and stormy conditions, if your jacket isn't keeping you warm, your level of comfort might also suffer. For some, fashion is more important than practicality, but for this review, we focused on both. We tested a range of contenders with various kinds and levels of insulation, like the knee-length Marmot Montreaux , insulated with plush fill-power down, or the lightweight synthetic Arc'teryx Darrah.
The models we tested delivered varying levels of comfort. Specific comfort features that attributed to high scores were thick and insulating hoods like on the Marmot Montreaux and the Canada Goose Kensington Parka. Plush down that was warm and not restricting was also taken into consideration, such as the down found on the Rab Deep Cover Parka.
The Marmot Montreaux was exceptionally comfortable, despite being insulated with plush down from our head to above the knee; it's also very cozy and warm, which allowed us to be content in the frigid outside elements. The torso, cuffs, pockets, and collar are also lined with fleece; these subtle, but vital features, add a cozy and warm touch.
Last but certainly not least, the Canada Goose Camp Hooded earned a perfect score in this metric, provided us with enough comfort to sail through the winter.
You may not realize how important a warm hood is until you try on a contender that doesn't have any insulation at all, like the Patagonia Tres Down Parka ; however, there is enough room underneath the hood for a beanie. Our head to be noticeably colder in stormy or freezing conditions, versus when we were wearing a model that had a toasty hood.
Another factor that was important in measuring comfort was mobility. Jackets that ran small, or were tight on the shoulders, like the Arc'teryx Darrah , weren't as comfortable to wear because they were restricting and hard to fit another layer underneath. Alternatively, a jacket that is too tight or too loose may be restricting, distracting, and not as comfortable as it could and should be. If it's too big for your body, it may not be trapping heat properly. We encourage you to take the time to make sure you are buying a jacket that fits your body type.
A durable jacket has the potential to last you multiple seasons. Often that means having to dish out extra money for better quality construction, but at least you'll know you are getting your monies worth. So what makes a jacket durable? To us, durability means that the jacket can handle what it is intended to do, plus some, with quality construction that will last for years to come.
We tested jackets that had soft, polyester or nylon DWR shells, as well as thick, burly two-layer waterproof fabrics. Obviously, in most cases, the heavy duty waterproof fabric is going to be more durable and will protect against snags and tears more than the DWR shells. If you are someone that plans on adventuring to new levels in their winter jacket, a heavy duty durable coat will be right up your alley.
The equivalent of snow bunny armor, the Canada Goose Kensington is highly durable and attractive and is the only jacket to score a perfect 10 out of 10 in the durability metric. The water-resistant polyester fabric almost feels impenetrable to snags and tears. The lack of stitching on the outer shell helps make this jacket more durable, and this is a model that will last you for years to come.
In fact, we'd venture to say it's a solid investment. We loved the Patagonia Tres Down Parka ; however, when we were zipping the outer shell into the down layer, the down kept getting caught in the zipper, and we had to take our time. There's potential to snag the down on the zipper, compromising the down layer. Fortunately, if you take your time, you can avoid this issue. If you're in the market for a women's model, you can head over to our Women's Winter Jacket Review for more winter weather parkas.
There are many different types of winter jackets on the market, from stylish insulated trenches to technical puffy jackets meant for outdoor adventure. We'll break down the different types below and give you some key points to contemplate. What makes a winter jacket technical isn't just a dayglow color that fits right in at Everest Base Camp. A technical garment often features a trim fit that allows for more athletic movement and features are designed to support this same athletic movement or activity.
These include interior water bottle pockets, helmet-compatible hoods, climbing harness-compatible zippers or length, and more durable materials placed in high-wear areas.
Can you wear a technical jacket in a casual setting? Most manufacturers even offer these garments in more subdued colors, so you don't have to look like a tennis ball if you don't want to. Note, however, that these models typically come with a high price tag since you are paying extra for high fill power down, which won't make a difference in performance if it's only worn on city streets.
We don't have any of these jackets in our selections at the moment. We're working on that. Casual models tend to focus less on weight and packable size, and more on warmth, weather protection, comfort, and style. Since insulation is built-in and the jacket is typically a heavier weight, these work well for low-output activities like going to the local outdoor ice skating rink or commuting to work in the city. Our favorite casual jacket in this review was the Arc'teryx Camosun Parka , thanks to its trim fit and clean exterior.
We don't recommend wearing a casual parka in a technical setting. While you can get by with a relaxed model on the ski hill, since the lodge is usually close by, longer winter excursions demand specific gear for safety and performance reasons. While an ultra-warm casual model, like the Canada Goose Expedition Parka, will keep you toasty warm it's our Top Pick for Extreme Cold , it's hard to move your arms properly due to its bulky design. This is not the parka to bring on your next ice climb.
As with any piece of outdoor clothing or gear, certain factors distinguish a bargain basement model from a top of the line piece. Here's what to look for regarding quality when selecting your next one. A shell is a thin waterproof barrier for your jacket. It can offer superior protection from rain, sleet, and snow using a weatherproof barrier material such as Gore-Tex, eVent or H2NO.
But it offers little to nothing in regards to insulation. Using a rain shell as a winter coat means that you need to have a good idea of how to layer underneath it to keep yourself warm. Please check out our Introduction to Layered Clothing Systems article for more information.
Using an uninsulated shell during backcountry activities or on overnight winter camping trips offers the most versatility in layering choices. On trips closer to home, or where weight and adaptability aren't as important, you can afford to choose a jacket with more features and comforts. If you are in the market for a new uninsulated shell, check out our Hardshell Jacket review. The models we tested for this review feature either a two- or three-layer membrane material, or a DWR durable water repellent coating as the weather barrier.
If you live in a climate where winter precipitation tends to fall as rain instead of snow, look for a model with a high-tech barrier that is waterproof and breathable, like the Gore-Tex found on the Arc'teryx Camosun and Fission SV models.
On the flip side, models with a DWR coating, like the Patagonia Jackson Glacier and Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber work best in dry, snowy conditions, but can saturate through in the rain and once the coating wears off a bit. The three types of winter jacket insulation are down feathers, synthetic fibers, and synthetic fleece. No matter the type of insulation, the effect is the same. The insulation traps your body heat, keeping you warm.
The higher the insulation's loft thickness , the warmer you stay. Down is a longtime favorite insulator and is still the gold standard for most warm apparel. With proper maintenance and care, down can keep its original loft volume for many years of use. And it compresses to a tiny size. Down's main downside is its poor performance in wet conditions. Down feathers ball and clump when wet, losing a lot of their insulating qualities.
They also require a mechanical clothes dryer to restore the loft fully. Since winter jacket manufacturers know we have to go outdoors when it might be wet, they add a weatherproofing layer. This takes the form of either an exterior fabric DWR coating or a chemical treatment directly to the down feathers hydrophobic down.
This helps the down hold up to damp environments, but you should still be cautious with down in genuinely wet locales. Throughout our reviews, you will see references to each jacket's fill power. This is also a spec noted in our comparison table, allowing you to compare the fill powers of all the parkas side-by-side.
The Dynotherm Hooded Down Jacket features a fill-power membhobbdownload-zy.ga Down, a durable water-repellent coated outer shell, and a low profile hood for functional warm. Whether scaling a mountain or simply taking on winter weather, this jacket will keep you comfortable and dry. Following closely behind, the Marmot Montreaux is our Best Buy, and is the warmest jacket in the review, at a cool $, as well as Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka - Women's, which wins a Top Pick for those residing in wet climates. A winter jacket is a garment that can help you withstand the cold, wind, and snow or rain. It should contain thick insulation your body stays warm even when .