Have you ever found yourself sitting in front of a computer screen scratching your head over a product you are contemplating buying?  Everything looks great, but no matter how many times you re-read the description and look at the picture you simply can’t grasp the warmth of the model.  Is that jacket filled with luscious insulation, or devoid of serious warmth?  Insulated jackets can be made for Dubai winters or Canadian winters- ordering the former when you wanted to latter is no laughing matter.  Why couldn’t someone make some sort of scale that demonstrated the warmth of jackets?

Canada Goose has answered your prayers.

Canada Goose does not want this scenario occurring when you finally decide to purchase one of their jackets.  That is why they have created an easy to understand system to help you choose the Canada Goose product you need.  Their Thermal Experience Index (TEI) will help you figure out what models you should be pondering.

Let’s have a look at it:


As you can see it is a simple 1 through 5 index of warmth.  1 being a model that is lightly insulated and 5 being jackets for Arctic explorers.

1. Lightweight (5° to -5°)

This collection is the starting point of Canada Goose warmth. Canada Goose recently started producing models for people who may not need crazy-as-heck warmth.  These jackets are good for two types of people (yes I am simplifying things, let me be): someone who is on the go like a winter jogger, a cross-country skier, etc, and/or for someone who lives in a temperate climate where it gets chilly, but not cold.


The men’s Hybridge Lite Jacket

Men’s options

HyBridge Lite Hoody HyBridge Lite Jacket Freestyle Vest

Women’s options

HyBridge Lite Hoody HyBridge Lite Jacket HyBridge Lite Vest Freestyle Vest


2. Versatile (0° to -15°)

This is the collection for almost any condition.  Insulated for a little bit of everything, the Versatile warmth level will be good in colder temperatures, but not ridiculous if you decide to wear it around 0 degrees Celsius.  This is a great option to put under a shell for a day skating on the Rideau canal (and by that I mean eating Beaver tails) or just on its own shopping on Young St.  If you ever want to go winter camping but will be hiking ten kilometers in to your camp at -15 Celsius, then throw this on and start hiking, you will be warm, but not overheat.


The women’s Camp Hooded Jacket


HyBridge Jacket HyBridge hoody Lodge Hoody  PBI Lodge hoody


Camp Hooded Jacket

3. Fundamental (-10° to -20°)

It’s getting hot in here.  Now we are looking at jackets that are (probably) too warm for those days hovering near freezing point.  These models mean can be taken into a slightly harsher climate.  The fabrics are getting heavier and the down quantity is increasing.  All this translates to a warmer, tougher jacket.


The men’s Borden Bomber

Mens options

Chilliwack Bomber Burnet Jacket  Foxe Bomber Borden Bomber

Women’s options

Chilliwack Bomber MonteBello Parka Victoria Parka Kensington Jacket

4. Enduring (-15° to -25°)

We are no longer joking around.  If you are always cold, then by all means look at these jackets.  They will get your blood boiling.  If you are frequently outside and standing around- think waiting for the bus- these are models for you.


Women’s Trillium Parka

Men’s options

Banff Parka Chateau Parka Citadel Parka Langford Parka

Women’s options

Trillium Parka Camrose Parka


5. Extreme (-30° to …)

This is just ridiculous.  Ridiculously warm that is.  Made for hell on Earth.  Enjoy the coldest days of winter with utter disdain.


The men’s Snow Mantra Parka


Men’s options

Ontario Parka Expedition Parka Snow Mantra Parka Resolute Parka

Women’s options

Mystique Parka Expedition Parka Dawson Parka



Just remember that these are suggestions.  No one knows your own body better than you.  If you are always on the chilly side then perhaps you should bump up to a higher heat level, and if the opposite is true then bump down one.  Hopefully this will help you choose the most appropriate model of Canada Goose for your usage. If you’re still unsure which jacket will be best for you, read our choosing the right winter jacket guide so you end up with your ideal coat this winter.


About the author

Mark Altitude

Mark Altitude


I like playing outside and writing, but need to learn how to punctuate better; My hope is that something here will get you into the outdoors and experiencing the smells, the views, and everything else I love about nature.