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The four seasons bring different challenges. Whether you’re dealing with the brutal cold of Winter, or looking to stay dry in the wet months of Spring, picking the right jacket is essential to enjoying every adventure. From men’s insulated winter jackets to women’s weatherproof rain shells, we’ve got product reviews and gear guides to help you choose the jacket style and protection you need to take on the elements, in the city or hiking through the backcountry.

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The Best Alternatives to the Arc’teryx Atom LT

The Best Alternatives to the Arc’teryx Atom LT

In the softshell jacket category, the Arc’teryx Atom LT is considered a triumph. It’s highly regarded for its versatile performance across a wide range of activities and conditions. So...
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The Best Alternatives to the Arc’teryx Atom LT

In the softshell jacket category, the Arc’teryx Atom LT is considered a triumph. It’s highly regarded for its versatile performance across a wide range of activities and conditions. So we asked ourselves, “Are there other great softshell on the market?” In this article, we explore some lesser known softshell alternatives that offer the same exceptional performance. We’ve narrowed it down to three softshells that fared remarkably well across three categories: build, performance, and price. On the roster today, we’ve got: BLACKYAK Bargur LT Black Diamond First Light Hybrid Hoody Norrøna Falketind Thermo60 Hood ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente VERSATILE SOFTSHELL REVIEWS   Product Name

The Best Snowboarding Jackets of 2021

The real ones know it's true: snowboarding has nothing to do with skiing. Yes, there are some similarities, and maybe going down on two slabs isn't very different from going down on one, but in a much larger sense, snowboarding and skiing have as much in common as Brits and Canadians—very little. That being said, here's our selection of the best snowboard jackets for riding in style this winter. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente The Best Overall Jacket Product Type Product Name Price: 0.00$ This Pillowline 2 layer jacket by Burton is made of a waterproof outer fabric with a 2 layer Gore Tex membrane.

Norrøna Lofoten Gore-Tex Jacket Review

" Fantastic Weather Protection with a Smart Design " When you’re facing harsh winter elements, you want the appropriate armour to protect you. Norrøna, a Norwegian brand known for its high-performance hard shells, is worn by pro athletes and casual skiers alike. Their Lofoten collection is named after the Lofoten islands in Norway, a frigid coastal region with frequent rain and snow. Today, we’re reviewing the Norrøna Lofoten Gore-Tex Jacket, a 2-layer shell with Primaloft insulation and vents for temperature control. We put this jacket to the test and were impressed with its durability, weatherproofing, and ski-ready features. Below is

Stay Warm, Stay Moving, Stay Responsible

You get outside to move. So whether you’re climbing, hiking, camping, backpacking or exploring, the last thing you want to be is restricted. But when the temperatures drop and it’s time to break out the down jacket, a good range of motion often gets sacrificed for warmth. Mountain Hardwear’s Stretchdown collection challenges the notion of the notoriously restrictive down jacket. Its design is built to keep you warm and keep you moving, while also keeping up with the highest standards for sustainability. The brand also upholds many eco-conscious initiatives and efforts beyond the Stretchdown collection.BUILT TO STRETCHThe ultra-engineered construction of Stretchdown

Best Kid’s Winter Jackets

Some kid’s winter jackets are insulated with goose or duck down. Some use synthetic insulation. Almost all of them are waterproof and have lots of features for winter activities like skiing, snowboarding and fun in the snow. But which ones have what?Here are 10 of the very best kid’s winter jackets, boy's, girl's and youth. Our baseline is the same I use for my kids - warm and comfortable, and more than one winter of use I hope. Some of the top brands featured, like Canada Goose, The North Face and Patagonia, are trusted companies with many years of cold-weather

12 High-End Clothing Brands You Must Know

Whether you're living in the city, or out in the country, you want apparel that can handle the daily rigours of an active lifestyle. For hot summer days at the country club, or cold winter days in the city, you want to stay comfortable, but that doesn't mean you should have to compromise on style. Blending the avant-garde design of luxury brands with the latest technology and craftsmanship, we bring you 12 high-end clothing brands you must know. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Houdini Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name

Nature is Waiting

60 years of close collaboration with nature has motivated Fjällräven to keep finding new ways of developing functional, durable, and timeless products. Fjällräven’s core value of sustainability is present in every design, action, and initiative undertaken by the company. Sustainability also fuels the brand’s constant desire to inspire more people to discover and enjoy the outdoors, thereby contributing to more widespread interest in nature and its protection. In 1960, Fjällräven’s founder Åke Nordin created the ultra-strong but lightweight backpack Lätt at a time when most backpacks were bulky, uncomfortable, and not doing a particularly good job of supporting one’s trekking

But Wait, It Gets Beta

Arc'teryx Designer Tanya Hall (Credits - Ryan Hetzel) We spoke with Tanya Hall, Arc’teryx Design Manager, and lead designer of the popular and highly versatile Beta LT. She told us about the design process and the latest upgrades to the lightweight GORE-TEX shell What inspired you to design the Beta LT? Equity and access to the outdoors are important. Being in nature improves people’s wellbeing. I wanted to create a very approachable shell in design/feature set and price, to appeal to a wide audience to support as many people as possible in getting outside. What was the design process like

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer/2 Review – The best ultralight down puffy for hiking

Since its first release in 2013, the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer jacket has been a favourite among ultralight hikers. Even now, its warmth-to-weight ratio is nearly unparalleled in the lightweight puffy category. Then in 2020, the brand dropped a revamped version—the Ghost Whisperer/2. In this review, we cover all the features the new model inherited from its predecessor, as well as those features both new and improved. By the end of this article, you’ll be equipped with everything you need to know to decide whether the Ghost Whisperer/2 is worth its steep price for your adventures. Things to Consider Before

What is Techwear: Apparel of the Future

Brands like The North Face and Patagonia have been making high-quality technical wear for years. You know that old, dorky-looking jacket that your dad wears to go hiking? The one with all those extra pockets made from something called GORE-TEX ? That's just the predecessor to the high-end gear you see on the streets today. But urban techwear is much more than a cool, updated version of your dad’s jacket. AestheticFrom head to toe, it’s an aesthetic that prioritizes functionality, through the use of ultra-durable weatherproof fabrics and features. It pairs sleek, seamless designs with a utilitarian approach and functionality. Its

Best Winter Jackets For Extreme Canadian Winters

Winter has landed—prepare for mountains of snow, temperatures dropping far below zero and freezing cold gusts of wind. That kind of extreme winter weather calls for the apparel to match, and we've got the best winter jackets to do just thatThat doesn't mean we run from the cold, it just means we need to be ready. Ski jackets, winter parkas, bomber jackets, and puffer jackets–whatever the style, whatever the purpose, winter apparel has to keep you warm. Keeping that in mind, here’s our selection for men and women of some of the best winter jackets for extreme Canadian winters. our

How Should a Winter Coat Fit?

It's the oft-asked question: How should a winter coat fit? Parkas and winter wear are usually very warm, so getting it right can be the deciding factor when looking for the best winter jacket. Our comprehensive guide will help you make sure you are confident you made the right choice. Letting Your Coat Gain Its Loft Before Wearing It If you’re purchasing a coat online, it will most likely arrive at its destination packaged in a bag or a box and has been compressed to fit efficiently. Like a new duvet blanket or a sleeping bag that has just been

How to Clean Your Down Coat

When you purchase a high-end down coat, you're making an investment. A good one at that: the right coat keeps you warm, dry and stylish all winter long. If you take good care of your coat, it can last many years - even a lifetime. Why not take advantage of the change of season to give your coat a boost of freshness? Find out how to clean your down coat to ensure it's ready to wear when next winter rolls around. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Down cleaning products   Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name

Arc’teryx Alpha SV Jacket Review

Last year saw an unexpected revamp of the classic Arc'teryx Alpha SV, the Canadian brand's answer to severe alpine weather. And we won’t lie—when we first got wind of the news, we were both excited and a little worried. You see, reboots have a knack for spoiling the original (looking at you, Ghostbusters 2016). But as soon as we got our hands on it, we were more than just pleasantly surprised. So much so, we couldn't help but write an Alpha SV Review. In terms of both material and design, the renovated classic is a cut above its predecessor in all

Most Popular Men’s Winter Jackets for 2021

The cold is the main reason why so many people dislike winter. Yes shovelling the snow in your driveway, or sliding down the sidewalk might make things even harder, but that can't be controlled. What you can control is how you're going to stay warm. For those who don't ski or snowboard, the fun doesn't have to stop once the temperature drops. Here's a selection of urban and technical jackets that will keep you stylish, comfortable and confident this winter. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Arc'teryx Even if the Cerium LT Hoody can be used as an intermediate layer, the Arc'teryx jacket is warm

How to Choose the Right Winter Jacket

Knowing how to choose the right winter jacket is essential to not only surviving but thriving in the snow. Some might have a selection of jackets they rotate throughout winter, while others might be faithful to one jacket. The needs of those who like to stay active will be different from those who want something to wear around town. Depending on where you find yourself when the snow starts to fall, the requirements of your jacket will change. Whether it’s for you or your little ones, we’ve got the tips and tricks to finding the right winter jacket to get

Top 5 GORE-TEX Coats to Stay Dry

Take your pick of the four seasons and you'll find that each one comes with unexpected weather and changing temperatures. Ready to embark on an outdoor adventure? Fortunately, we are not made of sugar so a little rain and mud shouldn't' keep you from enjoying the outdoors, it only makes it more exciting! And with the right gear, you're ready for anything. Finding the perfect raincoat or choosing the right winter jacket aren't always easy tasks but they aren't impossible. For those spending a lot of time commuting, if you don't already, you should have at least one GORE-TEX coat

Our Favourite Puffer Jackets of 2021

They’ve become a regular sight over the past few years, moving from high-altitude expeditions to the fashion-savvy winter jacket of choice. The puffer jacket is here to stay, and no wonder, with great insulation, flattering styling, and coming in lightweight and warm. Puffer jackets have a distinct, “quilted” design with sections that look puffy between the stitching. Rather than bulky and unflattering, the styles in this review range from boxy to slimming. Many are packable, ultra-warm, and resistant to sleet, wind, and snow. Our best overall favourite on the list was the North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket, which combines

Best Canada Goose Parkas for Winter 2021

The Canadian coat connoisseur knows exactly what it takes to integrate arctic-level performance with stylish city outerwear. Your next Canada Goose coat is an investment and should be treated that way—do some research for the right selection. Before you purchase your parka, have a look at the best Canada Goose parkas and accessories for 2021. Overview Countless individuals cherish their Canada Goose parka, particularly at -25 degrees C and they're unfazed due to its powerful insulating properties. Ensure your environment is appropriate for a Canada Goose jacket. Down is the natural insulator used in Canada Goose jackets. While down is light

Best Light Down Jackets of 2021

When temperatures start to drop, you’ll want to have the proper apparel ready. Canadian winters can mean sub-zero temperatures, gusts of freezing wind, and deep, cold snow. If you live in a city, you can’t always avoid the elements. Purchasing the best winter jacket will help you prepare for the most frigid weather conditions, but choosing one of the best down jackets offers versatility if you think light and easy mobility. We’ve rounded up and reviewed the best down jackets on the market and evaluated them for warmth, fit, lightness, and more. Our top choice is the Arcteryx Cerium LT Hoody thanks

Best Rain Jackets & Shells 2021

You know what they say: when it rains, it pours. It’s true in love and it’s even truer on the trail. A good rain jacket is not only essential for keeping you comfortable and dry, but is the best defense against hypothermia. In this article, we provide the low-down on 2021’s best rain shells based on their level of weather-resistance, packability, breathability, and price.For its outstanding success in all these categories, the Arc’teryx Alpha AR is our pick for best rain jacket. Besides its lightweight and stylish design, waterproof face fabric, and breathability, the Alpha AR shines for its versatility

Canadian-Made & Designed Winter Coats

Everyone has their favourite brands, strategically chosen for all sorts of reasons—style, materials, fit, and even the origin of the company. More and more people are looking for Canadian-made and designed winter coats, as they are earning a well-deserved reputation for warmth, looks, and durability domestically, overseas and south of the border. Canadian-made and designed winter coats are created by people who know what it takes to feel right and look great in some of the coldest habitable winter climates on Earth. Some are even made from domestically-sourced materials and fabrics. Wherever they are created, buying a winter coat from a

Most Popular Women’s Coats For Winter 2021

Let's get ready for the cold months of winter! Bundling up and staying in is always going to be recommended on lazy Sundays—but when you’re on the go you want to stay warm, dry and comfortable. Finding the perfect winter jacket to fit your style and needs can be a difficult task. For those who need inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of our most popular women’s coats to get you through the snowy season. Women's winter jackets ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente canada goose The Trillium Parka combines heavy-duty winter warmth with classic parka stylings. It lets you comfortably trudging through snowbanks in subzero

Ethically Made & Sustainable Winter Jackets

There's nothing like taking a hike through snow-covered forests and icy landscapes. Braving the cool morning air, or enjoying the sunset views from on top of a mountain. For those living in the city, heading up to the chalet and spending a weekend amongst the wildlife can be re-energizing. With growing concerns about the environment, there are certain things we can do to ensure we can continue to enjoy the great outdoors. Many clothing brands are taking it upon themselves to do their part for the environment. From going full vegan to using recycled, and ethically sourced materials, here are

Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody Review: Legendary Versatility

Why? Because the Atom LT Hoody is a jack of all trades that manages to master them all. Whether you’re looking for an outer shell to wear on a chilly day of bouldering, a midlayer to insulate you from the biting winds on a ski slope, or a stylish piece for a night on the town, the Atom LT  Hoody will not disappoint. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Atom LT Hoody by Arc’teryx Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop {"title":"Atom LT Hoody by Arcu2019teryx","type":"default","products":[{"product_id":"","product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/arcteryx-atom-lt-hoody-womens-llll-arc-24111","product_title":"Atom LT Hoody - Women's","product_image":{"url":"https://altitude-blog.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ARC-24474_7EDimma.jpg","id":99776},"product_feature":"","_id":"457f8e3"},{"product_id":"","product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/arcteryx-atom-lt-hoody-mens-llll-arc-24108","product_title":"Atom LT Hoody - Men's","product_image":{"url":"https://altitude-blog.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ARC-24477_7EProteus.jpg","id":99777},"product_feature":"","_id":"20c1979"}],"single_product_link":null,"cta_1_text":null,"cta_2_text":null,"pros":null,"cons":null,"collection":null,"single_product_id":null,"cta_1_url":null,"cta_2_url":null,"image":null,"credit":null,"limit":null,"collection_link":null} Arc’teryx has been making top-quality outdoor gear since their market debut in 1989. Founded

Canada Goose: Black Friday Sales & Online Scams

If you're like me, you spend a lot of time shopping on the internet. You may even have looked for discounted Canada Goose during a Canada Goose Black Friday deal. Your search results might have turned up a lot of...interesting options. Lots of questions arise about authenticity, especially with something as high-value and sought-after as a Canada Goose winter jacket. We'll look into it, plus answer questions like why Canada Goose costs what they do. There are many reasons why some would want to copy these premium winter jackets! ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Top Rated Canada Goose Parkas   Product Name Shop Product

Why is Canada Goose So Expensive? A Closer Look.

What makes a good winter jacket? In our cold Canadian climate, warmth is the number one criteria. While warmth can be subjective to a degree (some handle the cold better than others), -30°C is still -30°C and you don’t want to face the cold unprepared. A well insulated jacket should get the job done, but are all insulation types created equal, and on that same note, are all jackets created equal? The price would have you believe they are not, and to a certain extent price is a good indicator of quality. While branding has a lot to do with

Best Synthetic Insulated Jackets In 2021

Our pick for best synthetic insulated jacket in 2021 is the Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody. As we’ll see below, it outperforms many of its competitors in categories like versatility, comfort, durability, compressibility, and warmth-to-weight ratio.What is Synthetic Insulation?Synthetic insulation is a catch-all term for any man-made insulating fibre. These fibres are typically produced using some form of polyester or nylon and mimic the properties of natural insulators like down. This is accomplished by arranging the ultra-fine synthetic filaments in patterns that trap and store heat, while reducing weight. Many outdoor apparel brands use their own proprietary synthetic materials. Others will license or

Differences Between Parkas and Jackets

We often hear the words jacket and parka thrown about willy-nilly and it seems that somewhere along the way the true definition of each has been lost. So we wondered, what are the parka and jacket differences people look for? Or…Is There Even a Difference?The answer is yes! Whatever the other parka and jacket differences, the biggest difference between a jacket and a parka is the length.Women’s parkas and men’s parkas are generally a longer fitting coat and in most cases, due to their length, they offer more warmth. A longer coat covers more of your body and can trap more heat easily. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente

Arc’teryx Alpha vs Beta Jackets – Full Comparison Guide

To simplify matters, we’ve created a comparison guide for two of their most beloved lines: Alpha and Beta. Since each of these lines offer a variety of models within their class, we’ll focus primarily on the popular and highly-acclaimed SV and AR variants. TL;DR: For its sheer robustness, weather-resistance, and durability, the Alpha series takes the crown, specifically the SV. That said, the Beta line offers more versatile and lightweight options, making it a better alternative for those seeking a general purpose jacket at a lower price point. In this case, the Beta AR really shines. What’s in a Name? Arc’teryx uses a brilliant naming scheme to

Arc’teryx Sensa Parka Reviewed

Arc’teryx is a leader in technical outdoor gear and apparel.  In a ski town like the one I live in, everyone is sporting this brand for a simple reason. It’s one of the best brands for staying warm and dry while going about your outdoor recreation.  It’s been so great to see Arc'teryx continue to create pieces that are equal parts sport and lifestyle. So when I first tried on the new Arc'teryx Sensa Parka, I knew that they had hit another one out of the park.The JacketThis jacket looks and feels different from anything I’ve ever seen from Arc’teryx.

Which Canada Goose Fit Is Best For You

Size & Fit We often get asked “Which size should I get for my Canada Goose parka?” It’s a great question and it depends on a few factors. Beyond your personal preference, you have to consider your body shape. There’s also a difference between size and fit. While sizes are mostly standard, fit can play a big difference. Most brands will go with a standard fit that uses average measurements as a reference point. Canada Goose understands that this can be limiting and introduced additional fits to cater to those who have trouble with standard fits, or simply want a more custom