Like any season, winter is full of a variety of activities and a variety of styles; fashionable and not. There are winter jackets for skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and even cruising around town or checking out the outdoor ice rink near your home. No matter the activity you choose, there’s the perfect winter jacket for each!
Because not everyone is an avid skier or snowboarder and although you may be, you still have an additional winter coat for other occasions, here are some of my favourite ski and snowboard jackets, urban winter jackets and insulating jackets which are great for a mid layer.
Top 5 Ski and Snowboard Jackets
With winter quickly approaching, if you haven’t already, it’s time to go over your past season ski and snowboard gear and see what’s good for another year and what needs replacing. It can be tough to have to let go of your beloved shell after many winter seasons of epic shredding but on the bright side, you get to go shopping! Each year the products evolve and only get better so turn that frown upside down because you’re bound to find something even better than your last shell!
Here Are My Favourites:
1. The North Face Free Thinker Jacket
The Free Thinker Jacket is your go to jacket for a burly and durable 3L Shell. Stay protected from all the elements on the mountain with GORE-TEX® Pro so you can focus more on finding fresh pillows and less on the weather. The ergonomic fit of this jackets makes it not only look great but feel great too! Made for expert riders looking for a jacket to withstand their big-mountain adventures, the Free Thinker jacket is everything you need from lightweight protection to technical features.
2. Patagonia Untracked Jacket
If you’re looking for a low-bulk GORE-TEX® shell, the Untracked jacket is the one for you. Warm and weatherproof, you’ll be comfortably protected from all the elements on the mountain so you can spend more time exploring. Equipped with an adjustable powder skirt, pit zips, a collection of pockets including a media pocket and a concealed RECCO® reflector. The Untracked jacket is perfect jacket for your backcountry adventures.
3. Arc’teryx Tantalus Jacket
The Arc’teryx Tantalus jacket is a freeride jacket made for those who want to maximize their days on the hill. Built with two types of GORE-TEX® fabric, this jacket will keep you protected from any weather Mother Nature throws your way. High wear areas on the jacket are reinforced with snow shedding N150p 3L GORE-TEX® fabric with tricot technology to promote longevity and abrasion resistance. You’ll be comfortable all day no matter the weather in the Tantalus jacket thanks to its weatherproofness and the Arc’teryx Athletic fit and Ergonomic 3-Dimensional (e3D) patterning. Unlimited mobility for unlimited fun on the hill!
4. Norrøna Lofoten GORE-TEX® Pro Jacket
Lightweight, breathable and waterproof, the Lofoten GORE-TEX® Pro jacket is the ultimate freeride jacket. Choose from a selection of funky colours so your personality shines and you stand out on the hill when the snow flies. This jacket is loaded with technical features to keep you prepared and ready for a radical and fun day on the hill.
5. Black Diamond Mission GTX Shell
Made with an outer GORE-TEX® shell fabric and lined with a soft interior lining, the Mission GTX shell is both technical and comfortable. The Mission GTX is equipped with technical features such as a helmet-compatible hood, two-way armpit zip vents, integrated internal powder skirt and more! Whether you’re in bounds or out exploring the untouched terrain, this jacket will keep you warm and protected all day long.
Top 5 Urban Winter Jackets
For those late night dinner reservations and cold winter commutes, there’s nothing worse than a coat that isn’t quite warm enough to combat against the winter temperatures. In past years, winter parkas were known for their boxy and bulky appearance and although very warm, were not the most flattering. But winter jackets and coats have changed! There are plenty of sophisticated and sleek looking styles that will keep you comfortably warm when the temperatures drop and still look as fashionable.
Here Are My Favourites:
1. Arc’teryx Veilance Monitor Down Jacket
A thigh-length coat made in waterproof GORE-TEX® Pro and insulated with European grey goose down, the Monitor Down parka is a new addition but surely one of the favourites. It has been described as the warmest coat offered by Arc’teryx Veilance and will do everything but leave you cold this winter season! The jacket is waterproof and breathable so you can enjoy the warm insulation without worries of sweating or being uncomfortably warm. There is also a notched rear vent for added ventilation. The Monitor Down parka is the parka of choice for men from Arc’teryx this winter. You’ll know as soon as you try it on that it’s your favourite.
2. Quartz Co. Labrador Jacket
This sophisticated, longer fitting parka is the perfect match for over a blazer or suit. It boasts a semi-fitted fit and a clean look making it the ideal choice for gentlemen looking for a simple winter coat. Insulated with down, you’ll be warm when the winter conditions are their worst and still look professional. The Labrador Jacket is the perfect choice for the urban mister.
3. Arc’teryx Therme Parka
The Therme parka boats a GORE-TEX® outer and is insulated with a mix of down and synthetic insulation; 750 down with Coreloft™ Compact section. 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.
4. Canada Goose Langford Parka
The Langford parka offers an elegant and clean look and is perfect for the frigid commute along icy sidewalks and snow-blown roads. Insulated with white duck down and a coyote fur trimmed hood, the Langford is the answer to your winter blues. Don’t let icy, winter weather make you dread your work commute; stay warm and comfortable in the Langford parka.
5. Nobis Shelby Parka
The Shelby parka is insulated with down and has a DWR finish with sealed seams so you stay warm and protected against the elements. Stylish features such as the military buttons and pocket placement give this jacket an appealing urban look while offering convenient storage for your items such as your phone, wallet and keys. The Shelby parka is the perfect match for the urban fellow who wants warmth and style in one jacket.
Top 3 Insulating Jackets
Sometimes the winter graces us with some clear-blue-skies-and-sunshine days where a parka may be a bit too much. On days like these where the temperatures are low but not too low, a simple insulated jacket can easily do the trick. These jackets are also great and most often paired with a waterproof shell and used as a mid layer. Whatever the use may be, whether it is down or synthetic insulation, these jackets are small and light but they pack the heat!
Here Are My Favourites:
1. Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody
The Nano-Air Hoody is as lightweight as it sounds yet durable enough to withstand your adventures. It has a DWR finish so you don’t have to shy away from wearing it on somber looking days. All the warmth and comfort of a fleece packed into this lightweight, technical hoody making it a staple for outdoor recreation and layering.
2. Arc’teryx Proton AR Hoody
The Proton AR Hoody was designed to perform alone as a softshell outer layer as well as a mid layer to be paired with a waterproof shell. If you are looking for a jacket that offers supreme warmth while also promoting adequate air flow, the Proton AR Hoody is the jacket for you. Wear it on the hill for insulation, as a warm layer while belaying at the rock wall or a cozy layer for an autumn walk in the park.
3. Mountain Hardwear StretchDown Hooded Jacket
The StretchDown Hooded Jacket is made using Mountain Hardwear’s stretch-welded channel construction which makes it ideal for before, during and after any activity. The StretchDown technology includes Q.Shield® DOWN-filled chambers which repel moisture and are capable of maintaining their loft even when they are wet. If you are looking for a jacket that stretches and moves with you during any activity and will keep you warm, this jacket is the one.
Bring On The Winter Weather
We’re ready for winter and hope that you are too! Between this list of the top 13 winter jackets for men and all the other models to choose from online, you’re sure to find a winner in time for the snow to start flying.