Roundup: 6 Top Men & Women’s Winter Jackets
Winter is essentially here, which means it’s time to bundle up. Finding the right coat for your needs can be difficult, here we have hand picked 6 coats from outerwear brands Arc’teryx, Lululemon and Norden to highlight outerwear pieces that have a focus on everything from performance and innovation, to style and sustainability.
Men's — Thorsen Parka
Price: $1,000 CAD
Why we like it: The Thorsen is by far the warmest of all parkas that the brand makes yet isn’t bulky. It’s ideal for Canadian winters. ( Also, it’s waterproof.)
Features: Designed specifically for urban life, the GORE-TEX outer layer delivers waterproof, windproof, breathable protection, and the premium down insulation (750 fill power goose down + Coreloft 60 synth insulation) provides exceptional warmth. The parka extends below the thigh offering full coverage, an adjustable hood provides protection with a customizable fit, and gaskets at the neck and cuff keep warmth in and drafts out. Down Contour Construction™ helps maximize the down’s performance while minimizing bulk for a clean urban aesthetic.
Why we like it: The Nuri is a great blend between fashion and functionality, it’s lightweight and is perfect for someone that travels frequently or wants to avoid a heavy down coat.
Features: Three words: Form-fitting, warm, and lightweight. With 750 fill European grey goose down, the insulation is cozy while the quilting creates a refined, tailored look and helps maximize the down’s performance. The lightweight Teprine™ shell is water repellent and tear resistant while the down filled hood adds warmth and protection. This isn’t meant for extreme cold temperatures, but it’s great on it’s own or to pair with the lightweight and long waterproof Andra coat made from GORE-TEX which is ideal for rainy days in the city for extra coverage.
Men's — Storm Field 3-in-1 Parka
Price: $698 CAD
Why we like it: It combines a water-repellent down jacket with a waterproof rain shell to create a 3-in-1 parka — ideal for those commuting days in the city when you don’t know what to expect from the weather but want to own/travel with less without sacrificing warmth.
Features: Both detachable layers feature zippered exterior pockets with hidden phone sleeves. The outer jacket has strategically placed vents at the sides and back and is waterproof, windproof, and seam-sealed. The inner jacket is made with windproof, water-repellent fabric and ThermoChannel technology, it also cinches to seal in heat at the hem and has a cinchable hood. 700-fill-power down is encased in stitch-free channels for exceptional warmth. The two layers can be quickly attached by strategically placed magnetic buttons. — Plus, you can wear the inner coat by itself in Spring and Fall.
Women's — Cloudscape Wrap (Short + Long)
Why we like it: They weren’t lying when they named these after a cloud. Despite the cozy, light-as-air feeling these coats offer, they don’t sacrifice warmth. It feels like you’re wearing a fashionable duvet.
Features: The Cloudscape Wrap jacket comes in either a short or long version. The relaxed fit makes it ideal for layering over sweaters and knits in the colder months. The 700-fill power goose down is light but gives supreme insulation. Made with soft Glyde fabric, the coats are water-resistant and the liners are strategically panelled to lock in warmth. Zippered pockets, including a hidden phone pocket, are great to tote along whatever you need. Both versions come in an array of colours, with everything from classic black to an olive or dusty orange.
The coats are beautiful, no doubt. But we also highlighted this Montreal-based brand because of the sustainable focus. Coats are made from recycled plastics. The plastics are transformed into a yarn which is then printed with FiberPrint®, a digital serial number that can calculate the number of bottles used in a single garment. The production of Norden outerwear consumes 45% less energy, 20% less water and gives off 30% less GHG emissions than virgin polyester. Which means you can feel good, while looking good. If you feel like you’ve outgrown your coat, Norden’s end-of-life program ensures that it’s repaired and resold or donated to someone in need. If the garment is damaged beyond repair, it will be sent to their partners at TerraCycle, where it will be 100% recycled.
Men’s — Gunner Parka
Price: $525 CAD
Why we like it: The Gunner parka is made from 85 recycled plastic bottles and offers a cold weather military-inspired design.
Features:With large mico-polar-lined cargo pockets, thumbhole cuffs with fold over integrated mittens and breathable, grade 3 waterproof fabric, the Gunner Parka brings style and functionality. It comes in khaki and black.
Women’s — Anja Parka
Price: $475 CAD
Why we like it:It’s simple and classic — and is certified to keep you warm in -40 degree weather. Canadian winters won’t keep you inside if you have this jacket.
Features: Made from 97 recycled plastic bottles, it’s minimalist style is eco-friendly, and features a breathable fabric, tapered waist, and zippered pockets. It comes in three classic colours, sand, black and navy.