Updated July 2017
With summertime upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, winter might be the last thing on your mind. However, if you foresee yourself needing a new winter jacket this year, now is a great time to buy. Most manufacturers and retailers offer their winter collections at large discounts this time of year with savings up to $100 or more for some jackets. The purchase links provided in this review help you find the lowest prices across multiple online retailers.
The Best Overall
Arc'teryx Camosun Parka
Great protection from inclement weather
Beating out the competition in 2017 is the Arc'teryx Camosun Parka
. In all winter conditions, from hard sleet to snow to assaulting winds to bitter cold, this model keeps you well-protected. Its stylish looks are ready for chilly jaunts around town, too. With this model, you'll look good no matter what harsh weather conditions you find yourself in. The Arc'teryx
designers employed high-quality goose down in key areas where warmth is paramount, and strategically placed synthetic fiber insulation where higher than average moisture exposure is expected, such as on the hood, shoulders, and cuffs. It wasn't the absolute warmest and doesn't qualify as formal attire, but the overall solid performance of the Camosun
in all of our test metrics that it became the model we reached for the most.
Read full review: Arc'teryx Camosun Parka
Best Bang for the Buck, Overall
Not our wet-weather favorite
Low in price yet high quality in construction and materials, the Marmot Fordham
earns a Best Buy Award. It delivers a fashionable coat that keeps you warm and dry using a waterproof exterior insulated with goose down. The Fordham
has some features that impressed us for such an inexpensive jacket, like a comfortable cut and abundance of pockets. It's available in a range of colors so you can decide what suits you best. Comfortable and cozy, the Marmot Fordham
gets you through the winter and last you for a long time at a reasonable cost. At a nice price of $200, the Marmot Fordham Vest
may make for an excellent layering piece.
Read full review: Marmot Fordham
Best Bang for the Buck, Coldest Conditions
The North Face McMurdo II Parka
If your winters aren't "normal," your jacket needs to be above average, too. We can't all afford the $1000 Top Pick for Extreme Cold, the Canada Goose Expedition Parka
, but the price of The North Face McMurdo II
is reasonable. At a third of the cost of the Canada Goose
, but almost as warm, this is an easy choice for a second Best Buy Award. For northerly latitudes, and the coldest days, the McMurdo's
down insulation, long cut, and generous hood combine to protect in day-to-day life; all under a competitive price tag.
Read full review: The North Face McMurdo II
Top Pick for Extreme Cold
Canada Goose Expedition Parka
Brings the heat!
Overkill for some climates
High price tag
While bitter cold, feet of snow, and icy sidewalks may not describe winter for some, for those living in the northern latitudes in the Midwest, East Coast and Alaska, there is a need for a winter-specific jacket that protects you from prolonged sub-freezing temperatures. Enter the Canada Goose Expedition Parka
. This parka is the pinnacle of warmth, has abundant features, and is the coziest jacket reviewed. All these traits come at a cost though, and besides being the bulkiest and heaviest parka reviewed, it is also the most expensive. This is a parka for the specific needs of the coldest weather, designed with Arctic and Antarctic applications in mind. On that note, a special Polar Bears International (PBI) edition is available called the Canada Goose PBI Expedition Parka
. This jacket comes in a special royal blue color, has a polar bear patch on the shoulder and is an extra $50. A portion of the sales goes to PBI and their mission of saving the polar bears and their habitats.
Read full review: Canada Goose Expedition Parka
Top Pick for Wet and Dreary Weather
Arcteryx Fission SV
Stellar in soggy, cold conditions
Keeps hands warm
Synthetic insulation lacks durability
Extreme weather isn't just the lowest temperatures. Sometimes it's bone-chilling rain and sleet. In shoulder seasons and moderate latitudes, this version of winter is all too common. We want to remember the crisp cold, but it is the drearier days that often dominate in certain locales. For those conditions, the waterproof shell, bomber design and seals, and synthetic insulation of the Arc'teryx Fission SV
is just the ticket. There are warmer jackets in our review, but there are none as well-suited to cold, wet weather. For a lightweight ski jacket with similar qualities, check out our review of the Arc'teryx Fission SL
Read full review: Arc'teryx Fission SV