11 Of The Best Mens Winter Coats
When it comes to buying a top quality winter jacket, there should be no compromise on either warmth or style. But there is no reason you can’t get both. There are just some things you need to take into account before you lay down your money; like the shell’s material, the type of filling, whether it has a hood, and the kind of closures and cinches.
The shell of a winter jacket will determine whether it’s water resistant and breathes or if you’ll be soaked in your sweat at the end of the day. Types of outer shells include waxed cotton, polyester, and nylon. Some companies listed will have their proprietary shells which blend materials to come up with a shell with the best attributes.
The filling and weight should also be considered, as a heavy coat will become extremely uncomfortable in the rain or heavy snow. For our purposes, the best filling is down. When compared to synthetic insulation down is warmer, has better durability, and has a higher compression. For weight, any coat that weighs about 16 ounces with a good weight to warmth rating would be the ideal.
A higher fill power provides a loftier down which has a higher weight to warmth ratio.
Down parkas that can handle extreme weather conditions have a fill factor or fill power. This number is the number of cubic inches an ounce of down occupies when placed in a cylinder and compressed by a weight. A higher fill power provides a loftier down that has a greater weight to warmth ratio.
A hood should be viewed as an essential element when looking at extreme weather parkas.
The best jackets in the world won’t keep you warm if they don’t have a hood. A hood should be viewed as an essential element when looking at extreme weather parkas. You also need to look for a thick chin guard to protect your neck and chin from the elements as well.
Fastening, a secure zipper, and snug cuffs are also vital for keeping out the biting winds. When trying on a winter jacket check for flexibility of the arms, a zipper that comes up to your chin and a snug fitting hood. Don’t be tempted to buy a larger size so your can layer your clothing underneath, a good jacket is all you need, and an oversized jacket will let the cold in.
So now that we’ve gone through the must haves, lets consider the must not’s. Lightweight waterproof jackets with zero or little filling will not give you the warmth you need, so keep these for the spring or the fall when the temperatures are higher. You also want a jacket that’s washable, as those dry cleaning bills will soon rack up. With all this is mind; here are 11 top quality men’s winter jackets which we feel tick all the boxes.
Moncler Cluny Parka
The Moncler Cluny Parka ($1,455) is one of the premier winter coats for men. It has been the go-to parka for European climbers and skiers since 1952. Moncler coats are made to the highest possible standards. Moncler is a French company founded in 1952 by Rene Ramillon. The name Moncler comes from an abbreviation of the town Monestier-de-Clermont in the French Alps. The Moncler Cluny is one of the companies most popular jackets. Normally going for around $1800, End Clothing is offering a significant discount off of the retail price. The Cluny is made from a 90/10 down-to-feather ratio filling, water-repellent fabric and a detachable Coyote fur lined hood. Additional features include a 100% Nylon shell, central zip closure, and multiple pockets for all of your gear. If you have the scratch, this will make a perfect parka for those who want style and functionality in one package.
Canada Goose Chateau Jacket
The Canada Goose Chateau Jacket ($799) is built to protect you from the worst Mother Nature can offer and will keep you snug and looking great at the same time. The tough, polyester blend shell is stuff with a 625 fill power white duck down. It also comes with many other features associated with a classic arctic jacket including detachable coyote fur trim; two-way locking zip closure, storm flap closure, center back grab strap, zipped napoleon pocket, fleece lined lower handwarmer pockets and recessed ribbed cuffs. This coat is made for the extreme cold, but would also be great for everyday use.
The North Face ThermoBall Jacket
The North Face ThermoBall Jacket ($220) is lightweight, washable and a great winter coat for all occasions. Short enough to allow full freedom of movement for outdoor types, this Thermoball jacket comes courtesy of The North Face, a company renowned for top quality winter apparel. The trademarked ThermoBall technology is their unique alternative to down and offers phenomenal warmth whatever the weather. The small, round clusters of ThermoBall trap and then retain heat within air pockets to provide awesome insulation, even in the wettest weather. Compressible and ultra lightweight, this could be the ultimate winter coat for those who need a lightweight jacket to go anywhere.
Woolrich Arctic Anorak
The Woolrich Arctic Anorak ($499) comes courtesy of one of the most respected brands for outdoor clothing. Woolrich has built up an enviable reputation since they produced their first coat in 1830, and this Anorak Parka is something very special. It’s a shorter, slimmer version of the classic parka; this coat has reached iconic status. The Woolrich Arctic Anorak features a 60/40 cotton polyester blend shell is wind and water resistant, has a duck and feather filling and numerous other features, this is a coat that deserves all praise its been getting.
Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody
The company that makes the Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody ($279) was first established in 1974 by dedicated climber and environmentalist Yvon Chouinard. This coat is a super light, yet warm everyday coat made with an 800-fill goose down sourced from Europe, that will keep you warm and cozy whatever the weather. As you would expect from a brand of Patagonia’s caliber the attention to detail is outstanding. An adjustable hood, large pockets, and storm cuffs are just a few of the features of this awesome example of Patagonia style.
Feathered Friends Volant Parka
The Feathered Friends Volant Parka ($409) is one of our favorite winter coats, and we aren’t the only ones as this jacket has won multiple awards for its design and versatility. This is another short coat that bridges the gap between quilted jackets and fully baffled garments. If you are an adrenaline junkie and take part in adventure sports such as ice climbing, this is the ideal jacket. In fact, anyone who needs to come into contact with a harness should invest in one of these as it is recommended for use in the harshest of environments, from Alaska to the Himalayas. The Volant Parka features 100% goose down fill with an 850+ fill power rating, a waterproof and breathable Pertex Shield XT shell, a removable hood with drawcord and velcro sealed storm flap, insulated hand warmer pockets, two zippered interior pockets, and lycra cuffs and hem.
Feathered Friends Icefall Parka
The Feathered Friends Icefall Parka ($599) is protecting people across the globe from unimaginably cold. They are worn on the streets of Anchorage to the Alpine summits during the winter, and we love both their design and their ability to make you feel as warm as toast wherever you may be. This Parka is made for the extreme cold. The breathable and waterproof Pertex Shield XT shell is stuffed with pure goose down that has an 850+ fill power rating to ensure a constant internal temperature. It also features tuck-stitched baffle construction, a dual zipper system with an insulated draft tube, a detachable hood with Velcro-sealed storm flap, cargo pockets, and many more features. If your plans this winter includes anything that takes you to extreme temperatures then a Feathered Friends Icefall Parka is a must.
Rab Neutrino Endurance Down Jacket
The Rab Neutrino Endurance Down Jacket ($309-$340) could be the last word in men’s winter jackets. There are three words that perfectly sum up this jacket; comfortable, cozy and classy. The quilted effect is achieved through the use of down with an 800+ fill power rating and a stitch through baffle construction, giving you constant warmth in whatever environment you find yourself. The wire peaked hood ensures it stays in place, however, windy. Combine this with two hand warmer pockets, a chin guard, and a two way zipper and you have perhaps the ultimate winter coat.
Patagonia Special Edition Encapsil Down Belay Parka
The Patagonia Special Edition Encapsil Down Belay Parka ( $699) is the epitome of top quality men’s winter jackets. It has been said that this is the “finest down parka” ever to be made. With independent baffling and a differential cut, this is one cool coat. It benefits from being insulated using the trademarked Patagonia Encapsil down; which is water-repellent, plasma-treated and has an unmatched fill factor of 1000. These coats are strictly limited editions and are all numbered, so grab yours before its too late.
Mountain Hardwear Chillwave Jacket
The Mountain Hardware Chillwave Jacket ($375) will keep you warm and dry whenever you step out of doors this winter. It both looks and feels like the top quality jacket it is and should be high on your list if you’re in the market for a new winter jacket. Stuffed with goose down with a 650 fill power rating and featuring Air Shield technology and a thick baffle construction, this jacket is hard to beat. Other features include an inside pocket for your valuables and a detachable hood, in other words, another two reasons why this jacket is so popular.
Brooks Range Mojave Parka
The Brooks Range Mojave Down Jacket ($180) is the companies warmest jacket. The Mojave weighs only 16 ounces and features an 800+ fill power rating that gives this jacket one of the best weight-warmth ratios on the market. Their DownTek technology makes their down fill water repellant and resistant to microbes and bacteria. Additional features include a Pertex Quantum shell, attached hood, baffled chest construction and a zippered chin guard. This guy will perform flawlessly in the harshest conditions imaginable.