Warm, looks good, and a solid value. This is not your everyday winter jacket. Better arm length than the Marmot Montreal. We researched over 70 different models before purchasing the best
The above-the-knee cut allowed for movement without being restrictive, and the microfleece-lined pockets, thick knit cuffs, and an adjustable cinched waist proved Canada Goose's attention to detail. No matter what mother nature has in store this winter, the Kensington Parka can handle it. Canada Goose Kensington Parka. Who says winter has to be cold and miserable? Why not look fabulous and stay warm?
The Marmot Montreaux kept us looking stylish and incredibly warm all winter long. Insulated with plush Down Defender fill power down, we had no problem being outside in F degree weather, as the down insulation is thicker and loftier than any other model we tested.
Treated with a durable water repellent DWR coating, the polyester fabric is water-resistant, but not waterproof. When we tested this jacket in the elements, water initially beaded up and rolled off, but the Montreaux eventually became saturated in heavy rain. We were impressed by how it performed in snowy conditions and we didn't have any issues with penetrating wind, thanks to its thick down.
We wore this contender in snowy weather for an extended period and came out with a dry core keep in mind that down insulation doesn't like getting wet and after an extended period in the rain, down can lose its loftiness AKA its warmth.
Besides being incredibly warm, the Montreaux is also very stylish. If you are in the market for a long, knee-length style parka with a form-fitting look and sleek faux fur hood, this is the jacket for you. What makes it even better, is that it's half the price of the Editors' Choice award winner, the Canada Goose Kensington Parka. Finding a winter jacket that's warm and waterproof and won't break the bank is hard.
Insulated with fill goose down, this model kept us warm and dry when we were shoveling the driveway. The outer shell is highly durable and windproof; despite being such a burly winter jacket, it was also quite stylish and less than half the price of our Editors' Choice Award Winner. The Arctic Parka II offers a classic winter parka look with its faux fur ruff around the hood and a smooth exterior appearance.
For this price, you'll be warm and fashionable, and it won't break the bank. Depending on where you live, winter can be messy. Sleet, snow, freezing rain, the whole nine yards. If you live in a wet climate, having a dependable jacket for the winter is crucial; the Patagonia Tres Down Parka is the perfect winter parka to tackle any weather condition.
Three jackets in one allow you to be ready for anything that mother nature throws your way; this contender is perfect for a wet climate like the Pacific Northwest, as the outer shell is Patagonia's signature H2No Performance Standard Fabric. A great lightweight option for clear and cold days, this jacket has been treated with a DWR coating. It's water-resistant but not fully waterproof; when all layers are worn together, we felt protected in sloppy wet weather better than any other jacket we tested.
Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka - Women's. We gauged our winter jackets based on five criteria: The table above displays the Overall Performance score of each jacket in our review, ranking from highest to lowest. All the jackets we tested delivered some degree of warmth. When buying a winter jacket, one of the most important features is the level of warmth being offered.
It's also important to look at the climate you experience on a regular basis and think about what you intend on using the jacket for. Choosing the right jacket is crucial for staying comfortable and warm and enjoying the great outdoors during the winter. A jacket's warmth is based on the loft or fill-power of the insulation, along with the fill-weight. Lucky for you, we tested each one side-by-side in snow, rain, wind, and frigid temperatures - all in our effort to find out which ones were the warmest for various climates.
We went hiking in each model and braved windy storms. We also wore them in varying degrees of temperatures and stood in place for extended periods. You name it, we did it. The warmest jacket we tested was our Best Buy award winner, the Marmot Montreaux , which earned a perfect 10 out of Loaded with fill-power down from hood to knee, we stayed toasty on some seriously cold days.
The loft of the down performed extraordinarily, trapping heat and keeping the wind out. 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. Nonetheless, the jacket is incredibly worthy. 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.
Warm and compact down jacket for easy storage once it heats up on the hill. Insulated Wind Protection Hooded. For that much more protection against the elements, we added an oversize collar and drop-tail hem. Insulated Wind Protection Lightweight. Standard fit Full-zip crop silhouette with dramatic drop-tail hem Zippered hand pockets.
The perfect layer for fall days in the mountains, this vest features low-profile quilting for lightly insulated warmth. Insulated Recycled Content Wind Protection.
Avg Weight g 9. Springtime showers bring warm and dry parkas. Wear this lightly insulated, waterproof parka around town and tuck your media player in the interior pocket for safekeeping. Make tracks and set trends in this weatherproof, fill down insulation parka that's designed to deflect rain, wind, sleet and snow all winter long.
Darting and elastic at the waist create a flattering shape for warmth without weight. Equipped with two types of warm insulation, this sleek hooded jacket features both fill down and synthetic insulation for dependable warmth in cold conditions. The internal media pocket allows you take your playlist with you.
Shop men's jackets and winter coats online at DICK'S Sporting Goods. If you find a lower price on men's coats somewhere else, we’ll match it with our Best Price Guarantee. 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 . Once again proving a fierce competitor, the Canada Goose Kensington Parka has stolen the show, winning our Editors' Choice Award. Hitting above the knee, the Kensington is the epitome of a winter jacket. It has it all: style, serious warmth, and function-focused details.