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Winter is in full swing and temperatures outside are no joke. Whether you have a lengthy commute to work or are planning on spending some time on the slopes this season, dressing properly is essential to staying healthy. And it all begins with a good quality jacket that can shield you from extreme cold, wind, rain, and snow. And we all know that not all winter parkas are created equal.
Nowadays, companies that specialize in cold weather apparel work in collaboration with polar explorers and experts on developing high performance and durable fabrics that deliver maximum warmth in subzero conditions. Their jackets are then tested in places such as the Canadian Arctic or Antarctica by professional explorers to make sure they can really withstand the force of winter storms.
So if you are in the market for a heavy-duty jacket, you’ve come to the right place. We selected the best and the warmest winter parkas out there made for harsh climates.
Triple F.A.T. Goose Huron Mens Parka
OK, first things first, the F.A.T. in the brand’s name stands for “For Arctic Temperatures” and their jackets definitely deliver on that front.
The Huron parka is the perfect example of the craftsmanship and attention to detail that go in every Triple F.A.T. Goose jacket. It’s crafted from the company’s highest-performing fabric that’s waterproof to snow and light rain. The Huron is also Triple F.A.T. Goose’s warmest parka with 15oz of 700 Fill Power white goose down.
And since we mentioned attention to detail, the jacket is equipped with magnetic snaps on the front placket and the pocket flaps so they stay closed even if you haven’t zipped them. The pockets are all fleece lined and there are retractable nylon storm cuffs with thumbhole openings—trust us, these features make all the difference especially if you don’t like wearing gloves.
To buy: $800, triplefatgoose.com
Moncler Grenoble Tank Oversized Down Puffer Jacket
Moncler has always relied on the knowledge of professional mountaineers to develop its functional (and super stylish) jackets that merge fashion and high performance. In 2015, the brand supplied Italian explorer Michele Pontrandolfo with equipment for his expedition to the South Pole.
The Tank jacket is perfect for those hitting the slopes this winter because of its shorter length that will not interfere with all of your ski maneuvers. It has a slightly oversized silhouette ideal for people who like to wear layers in the winter although given that the jacket has a super warm down filling, we really doubt that you’ll need to wear anything else than a sweater underneath. The stand collar and the hood will protect your neck and head while the banded cuffs with interior thumbholes will shield your hands from the elements.
To buy: $2,405, saksfifthavenue.com
Canada Goose Expedition Coyote Fur-Trim Parka
Canada Goose needs no introduction and, let’s be honest, our northern neighbors know a thing or two about extreme weather apparel (for obvious reasons).
Their Expedition parka, with a temperature rating of -22F, was developed for scientists working in McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and is worn by researchers of the National Science Foundation working on the South Pole so that tells you all a lot about the jacket already.
It has six exterior pockets—four on the front and one at the side of each sleeve—and two interior pockets. A hideaway elasticized snow skirt will keep your body dry while the rib-knit cuffs and fleece-lined chin guard lock in extra heat. The adjustable hood is also filled with down while the fur riff has shaping wire to protect your head from the wind.
To buy: $1,095, saksfifthavenue.com
Arc'teryx Therme Parka Men's
Whether you are headed for the ice fields or bracing the elements in the city, this luxurious parka will keep you extra warm. It has a Gore-Tex construction that looks like cotton but it has the features of high-performance fabrics—it’s waterproof and windproof and together with the European goose down filling and synthetic insulation creates the coziest of linings. The same synthetic insulation is also used at the cuffs, hood and under the arms because it retains warmth even when it’s wet.
To buy: from $699, arcteryx.com
The North Face Men's McMurdo Parka III
The North Face’s McMurdo jacket has been developed with a multi-layer fabric that is waterproof and moisture-wicking at the same time. The parka is insulated with responsibly sourced 550-fill goose down and its lining is made from recycled polyester taffeta. Speaking of sustainability, the fur riff and leather accents on this jacket are all made from vegan fabrics. It also features adjustable cuff tabs to keep your hands warm and an internal zip media pocket in addition to the five external ones.
To buy: $330, amazon.com