WINTER-READY JACKETS

Luxe outerwear brand, Nicole Benisti makes winter fun again with vibrant colours on her fur jackets and parkas. Dedicated to trend focused styling, expert craftsmanship, feminine silhouettes, and weather functionality, each piece is designed in her home of Montreal.

The Canada Goose Shelburne Parka offers an oversized adjustable hood for an even tighter fit on those extra windy days. The soft, down-sweater style construction of the OR Whitefish is far more comfortable than it appears. 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.

Best Winter Coats For A Canadian Winter The Canadian Winter Winter in every country around the world officially starts on the 21st of December and ends on the 21st of March, but in Canada .
We gauged our winter jackets based on five criteria: warmth, weather resistance, style, comfort, and durability. The table above displays the Overall Performance score of each jacket in our review, ranking from highest to lowest.
We gauged our winter jackets based on five criteria: warmth, weather resistance, style, comfort, and durability. The table above displays the Overall Performance score of each jacket in our review, ranking from highest to lowest.
Although best known for their jackets rather than heavy duty winter coats, we couldn't consider this roundup of the best Canadian coat brands to be complete without Smythe. Based in Toronto, the brand brings traditional menswear tailoring to contemporary womenswear.
We gauged our winter jackets based on five criteria: warmth, weather resistance, style, comfort, and durability. The table above displays the Overall Performance score of each jacket in our review, ranking from highest to lowest.
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Whether you're in the market for a weather-ready parka or a topcoat you can wear to the office, we've got you covered with the 10 best coats to wear this winter.

Alpha Industries Fishtail Parka. The puffer jacket is an excellent jacket for when you want to keep warm and still look good. The puffer jacket really leans towards the side of function because it will definitely keep you warm for those harsh Canadian winters. Polo Ralph Lauren Down Jacket. Bonobos The Boulevard Bomber Jacket. How to pick the perfect size jacket?

Always look for the shoulder fit. Even the smallest features like a tunnel-shaped hood add the warmth and performance of this parka. A heavy-weight, luxurious coat with all the right features to keep you warm this winter. The Vaughn Coat is insulated with down and has curly, black sheepskin lining the collar for added warmth.

For those occasions when a big bulky hood is too much, the hood, as well as the fur trim, are removable giving this coat a versatile style that works. This is the perfect jacket for someone who is looking for a warm, weatherproof parka that is simple enough for a walk in the woods or taking the dog to the park and still looks sharp for wearing to a business meeting or to a late night movie.

Built for oil-rig workers who have to spend countless hours outside in extreme winter conditions, the Snow Mantra Parka is no stranger to subzero temperatures. This heavy-duty parka is built with an extra down filled lining for extra added warmth and a pair of air-activated Grabber warmers. Fight back against frigid temperatures in the comfort of the Snow Mantra Parka. A stylish design with angle-slide pockets and a removable fur trim on the hood, the Edward Parka is insulated with down so that you can play outside in temperatures as low as You get the stylish urban look with the superior warmth and protection against extreme cold.

When the winter conditions get harsh, you can batten down the hatches and stay cozy in the Kuujjuaq Jacket. A waterproof and down insulated parka with a stylish design that works for the urban dweller or the nature seeker. Stay warm this winter when the temperatures drop in the McMurdo Parka. A The North Face classic that has been one of the favourites season after season thanks to its versatile style and warmth.

Equipped with multiple safety features such as recessed, heavy-duty, rib-knit cuffs and reflective tape across the back, the Resolute Parka is made to keep you safe in the coldest climates. The only thing more satisfying than finding the piece of equipment you have been searching for is finding it at a lower. Altitude Sports offers regular discounts on many products each month.

Finding the right winter jacket is essential to an enjoyable and bearable winter season so shop for quality, not quantity. Everyone has their favorites brands which are strategically chosen for various reasons which can be directly related to the style of the products, the materials used or even their origin.

Hello Alaa, some brands we do ship internationally while others are restricted and cannot be shipped outside of Canada. This knocked the jacket down in the ratings. If you wear your jacket in lower temperatures where it tends to snow instead of rain, and if that snow is relatively dry you know who you are , then the competitors with DWR treatments such as the Canada Goose Expedition Parka , Patagonia Jackson Glacier , or the REI Co-op Down Hoodie are adequately protected.

It's not incredibly water-resistance due to its untaped seams, but it's warm enough to excel in genuinely sub-freezing conditions. Luckily, in those temperatures, precipitation is always solid, and the compromised weather protection isn't a problem. However, in our testing, the outer fabric to soaked in more snow and water than the others, making it a bit heavy and uncomfortable.

This is the cost of style. The external material is attractive, but not as weather-proof as the smooth face of something like the Marmot Fordham or the Editors' Choice Arc'teryx Camosun. We dig the Haglofs Torsang Parka's weather protection. This is a fully waterproof, taped-seams rain shell with light insulation. It isn't warm enough for many winter climates, but the wet and sleety corners of North America are just the place for it.

In terms of weather protection, it is similar to the Editors Choice and the Patagonia Tres. Wintertime is uncomfortable enough. Don't put on an uncomfortable winter parka, too. Most of the models we reviewed work hard to make braving the cold and wind more forgiving.

We found a general correlation between cost and comfort. More expensive jackets use softer materials and more thoughtful tailoring to achieve maximum comfort. A parka's cut has a significant impact on its comfort. A meticulously designed jacket like the Arc'teryx Camosun Parka fits most bodies better than a generic square-cut design.

A longer hem, which many of these parkas use, also keeps the waist from riding up and exposing you to drafts. A notable exception is our Best Buy Marmot Fordham. Despite its bargain price, every tester who tried on the Fordham was impressed to find that it's more comfortable than the competition.

There is also something of a correlation between comfort and warmth. The biggest jackets we tested are the warmest, but they are also the most confining.

Lots of insulation and an extended cut keep the heat in and make for a large package. This bulky package limits your range of motion, also impeding your comfort. The more comfortable parkas reviewed, like the Arc'teryx Camosun , also have elastic rib knit cuffs, which seal out drafts and snow.

Unless you cinch them down around your gloves, velcro-closed cuffs aren't as protective and comfortable as the elastic versions. The rest employ velcro cuffs. We love the cozy feel of fleece lining, especially when it lines pockets and chin covers. When cinched tight, it works as intended to hold in warmth, making you feel like you're at home in front of the fire, albeit with some tickles to your cheeks.

The soft, down-sweater style construction of the OR Whitefish is far more comfortable than it appears. It looks like a rigid "barn coat" style jacket. However, the construction is tailored and materials selected such that you have all the range of motion you need and a light feeling sort of insulation.

Hoods, multiple hand warmer pockets, two-way zippers, and cuff closures work together to protect you from frigid environments. A hood is mandatory in nasty winter weather, and while it is not a substitute for a warm hat, it certainly makes life a lot nicer.

Ideally, these hoods will be highly adjustable to allow for a customizable and secure fit. The best hood in our test is found on the chart-topping Canada Goose Expedition.

The hood is warm, large, and can be cinched down securely and comfortably. The stiff brim also keeps the hood almost out of your field of view. This is unfortunate, as the latest hood is compromised enough that warmth and weather protection suffers. If you leave the removable fur ruff on and don't have to move your head much, the McMurdo's hood effectively seals out the weather.

Otherwise, the more sophisticated hoods of the Arc'teryx and Patagonia jackets are at the head of the pack, literally. The Woolrich Bitter Chill has a roomy and cozy hood. Only the interior layers of the 3-in-1 jackets do not come with any hood, meaning that a warm hat is necessary. Insulated handwarmer pockets are an excellent place to keep cold hands or gloves, and most have a fleece-like liner. The Arc'teryx jackets have the best hand warmers. All of these feature wrap-around fleece lining.

This not only means that your hand is insulated while in the pocket, but that there is no draft when the pocket is open.

The next best hand warmer pockets, like those on the REI Down Hoody , put the user's hand between the outer insulation and the wearer's body. The pockets are uninsulated, but they are fleece-lined, and there are four of them!

With a set at chest level and waist level, there is a hand warming option for every posture. The latest version still has four fleece-lined handwarmer pockets, but the upper, chest-level ones are now situated further from the center zipper. This means that you have to contort your shoulders and elbows to get your hands into them.

So much so, that these pockets aren't comfortably usable. 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?

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Best Extreme Cold Winter Jackets for Women: Canada Goose Mystique Parka The Mystique Parka boasts a long, sleek fit that surrounds your body from head to ankle in supreme warmth. We gauged our winter jackets based on five criteria: warmth, weather resistance, style, comfort, and durability. The table above displays the Overall Performance score of each jacket in our review, ranking from highest to lowest. Best Winter Coats For A Canadian Winter The Canadian Winter Winter in every country around the world officially starts on the 21st of December and ends on the 21st of March, but in Canada .