Best Overall Winter Jacket 1. This jacket is warm with fill down, has good length, and a super cozy hood with a removable faux fur liner. Updated January From sunny days where temperatures reach 50F to colder days where the highs are only F, winter weather can be unpredictable. Made from a wool and polyester blend, this great pea coat hits just below the hips for a little better protection for your tush during wind and weather. Super soft liner; premium look and feel.
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.
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. Heavier and less packable than a more performance-oriented jacket. 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. With pale pink being the new equivalent of winter white, you can pair up this stylish beauty with black or navy accents from heels to purses , or go monochromatic with a completely pink ensemble including that coveted pink Kate Spade handbag.
When it comes to easy care winter wear, London Fog is always at the top of the list with popular rain coats and trench coats like this awesome maxi-length number. It features logo buttons with metal trim, and if you find yourself without your umbrella, it also has an oversized, removable hood. This is the perfect rain coat for those wet winter days, and with its comfy, looser styled fit it slips easily over suits and bulky sweaters.
London Fog is famous for their enduring raincoat styles. Check out more London Fog classics right here. When you want to keep it chic and sophisticated, count on BCBG Maxazria to put a new spin the timeless trench coat.
This luxe wool blend coat features faux-leather trim on both the jacket and the belt. Cut with wide notched lapels, the long silhouette has stretch panels under the sleeves and a detachable waist belt to ensure the perfect fit. The asymmetrical hemline is hot again this year, and this winter coat nails it on both style points and warmth. Camel coats never go out of style — like this gorgeous Anne Klein double-breasted trench.
Cashmere is extra warm and insulating, as well as naturally stain resistant. This coat features an exaggerated notch collar, double-breasted gold-tone buttons, a self-belt and slanted seam pockets. And if you really want to treat yourself, splurge on a pair of cashmere gloves and a cashmere scarf to add a dramatic pop of color your gorgeous new coat. Browse through a huge selection of classic camel coats here. This adorable quilted puffer coat from Calvin Klein strikes the perfect harmony between cold snowy weather and sassy fashion dressing.
The mid-length is great, because it fully covers your tush while the zip-front makes it easy to slide on and off. This coat features a standing collar and serves up zippered pockets at chest, left arm, and waist. The faux fur-trimmed detachable hood, means you can keep your head warm and covered even if the wind and cold are pummeling. This coat is a great compromise for both work and play. This super cute ZeroXposur puffer is made with packable sweater down, which is lighter and slimmer than regular down jackets.
This stylish jacket provides excellent warmth for a cool days and easily layers with a heavier coat when necessary. With a zip-front, this jacket also features mitered channel quilting on the front and back as well as a stand up collar with an elastic draw cord hood to keep you snugged up from the wind.
In fact, this sweet puffer is wind and water repellent. Zippered pockets keep your hands extra warm and when it comes to tossing it in your suitcase, it folds into a custom-designed, easily packable pouch.
Want to browse for more packable down jackets? Find lots of options here. When Ma Gert took over Columbia Sportswear, she was serious about both fashion and function.
That philosophy shows in this long puffer that protects you from seriously cold conditions. It battles arctic air with fill-power goose down-which is super warm, soft and packable.
Columbia makes great outwear for women to prep you for the weather from head to toe. Check it out here. Unique angular styling, lots of contrasting zipper details and huge cozy pockets set this fun puffer jacket apart from most. Its modern look fits great on nearly all body types, especially if you carry a bit of extra padding in the hip area. Side zippers make it especially comfy for riding in the car or on the chairlift.
The faux fur-lined hood is soft against your face when the weather is harsh. Browse more styles here. Welt style zipper pockets keep your hands and keys out of the weather, and the back features an elastic draw cord that gives the long puffer jacket a whole lot more style and shape. The wide lapel collar is stylish and makes this long down coat wearable over business or evening wear in even the coldest weather. Find more of them here. Calvin Klein strikes a nice balance with this sharp little pea coat.
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. Winter might not officially begin until Dec. 21, but the cold arrives much earlier, making the splurge on a new winter jacket a must. Whether you're a lover of the season or cringe at the thought of yet another snow-filled year, choosing the right coat is key to a cozy winter. Best Hooded Wrap Coat: Cole Haan Women’s Alpaca Wool Belted Coat with Hood Cole Haan Women’s Alpaca Wool Coat (Cole Haan) Cole Haan is well known for creating high fashion at approachable prices and this gorgeous wrap coat is a great example of just that.