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.


Our Favourite Puffer Jackets of 2020

Our Favourite Puffer Jackets of 2020

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...

Our Favourite Puffer Jackets of 2020

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 exceptional

14 Best Kid’s Winter Jackets

Best Kid's Winter Jackets - It's Time To BuyBack to school is done. The first snowfall is around the corner. And the biggest parent dilemma of the season has again arrived - finding the best kid’s winter jackets. We need a guide to something warm, waterproof, and comfortable for your boy or girl to go with their winter boots and gloves.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

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

Best Canada Goose Parkas for Winter 2020-21

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 2020.OverviewCountless 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 and warm, it

Best Light Down Jackets of 2020

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.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 to its weight-to-warmth ratio and ability to withstand freezing temperatures. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Best Down Jackets Reviewed Product Name 850

Best Winter Jackets For Extreme Canadian Winters

Winter is coming. That means preparing for mountains of snow, temperatures dropping far below zero and freezing cold gusts of wind. That kind of extreme winter weather calls for extreme winter jackets.That doesn't mean we run from the cold, it just means we need to be prepared. 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 top pickCanada Goose Expedition Parka ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Product Type Product Name

Finding the Best Rain Jacket This Fall

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 2020’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 Beta AR is our pick for best rain jacket. Besides its lightweight and stylish design, waterproof face fabric, and breathability, the Beta AR shines for its versatility

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

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.

How Should a Winter Coat Fit?

Finding the right fit for a jacket is usually 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 ItIf 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 released from the compression sack for the first time, you have to fluff it up. This allows

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

Down Insulation: When Feathers & Duvet Are Trying To Escape From Your Jacket

Is your down jacket losing feathers? Thanks to an impressive warmth-to-weight ratio, down-insulated garments are full of benefits and highly-regarded wardrobe staples by urbanites and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Whether you have a new lightweight down jacket or a down jacket for extreme Canadian winters, you'll want to know what to do when a small white tip pokes its way through the shell fabric of your coat. We’re not saying that when given a choice between a down jacket and a second insulation option, down is always the winner. There are some notable differences when comparing down garments to synthetically insulated

12 High-End Clothing Brands You Must Know

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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. Atom LT Hoody by Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody - Women's LEARN MORE Atom LT Hoody - Men's LEARN MORE Atom LT Hoody - Women's LEARN MORE Atom LT Hoody - Men's LEARN MORE {"title":"Atom LT Hoody by Arcu2019teryx","products":[{"product_id":"","product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/arcteryx-womens-atom-lt-hoody-llll-arc-24474","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-mens-atom-lt-hoody-llll-arc-24477","product_title":"Atom LT Hoody

Arc’teryx Beta SL Hybrid Review: The High-Performance Rain Jacket

As one of the most versatile, lightweight, and packable hardshells around, it’s the ideal jacket for a wide range of adventures. This is largely thanks to its hybrid construction, which increases breathability and durability without sacrificing weather-resistance. 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The Beta SL Hybrid is the perfect piece to throw in your bag before heading to work or hitting the

How to Clean Your Rain Jacket

You’ve found the perfect rain jacket. It’s lightweight, wind-resistant, waterproof, and stylish. You’ve invested time and money to purchase this jacket. But like any good investment, you want it to last. Even the most durable and water-resistant jackets will begin to lose their effectiveness over time. That doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with the jacket - torrential downpours, snowstorms, and muddy terrains can take their toll. Cleaning your rain jacket can ensure that it lasts for many seasons to come. The North Face Venture 2 Jacket - Women's Shop Black Diamond Fineline Stretch Rain Shell - Men's Shop Marmot PreCip

A Brand for All Seasons: Canada Goose Spring 2020 Collection

No doubt you've seen the familiar red, white and blue patch on the arms of parkas, jackets, and bombers throughout winter. Canada Goose has become synonymous with our Canadian winters, but they've got plenty to offer during transitional seasons. Waterproof rain ponchos, lightweight down hoodies, stylish windbreakers and a special collaboration with Polar Bear International—here's your first look at the Canada Goose Spring 2020 Collection. Rain Nanaimo Jacket - Men's Shop Field Poncho - Men's Shop It turns out the goose is also waterproof. We're of course referring to the new rain jackets from Canada Goose's Spring Collection. These stylish

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

The Best Snowboarding Jackets of 2020

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. Even though they serve the same purpose, ski and snowboard jackets are very different. Some of the best winter jackets available can fit in either category. So here's our list of the best snowboarding jackets for 2020. How to Choose a Snowboarding Jacket Firstly, you have to figure out

What to Wear Outdoor Skating this Winter

Whether it’s heading up north for some skiing, heading to the woods for some snowshoeing, or in this case, lacing up and taking a few laps on the nearest frozen pond, staying warm, stylish, and cozy is essential. Here’s our guide on what to wear outdoor skating in Canada this winter. Outdoor Skating Essentials Whatever your style, whatever the weather, there are a few essentials you'll need to ensure you stay warm and comfortable. Socks In this case, socks are less about style and more about ensuring your feet stay comfortable. For those who don't go skating often, ice skates

Review: Alta Peak Down Jacket by Columbia

Down puffer jackets have been a staple in the outdoor industry for decades now. The natural insulation and lightweight of down feathers make for an incredibly versatile material in outdoor apparel. They’ve been a personal favourite of mine for some time, and more often than not, I find myself slipping a puffer into my backpack as an added layer. My one issue with down puffers in the past has been with waterproofing, so when I first heard about Columbia’s OutDry Alta Peak Down jacket, I was intrigued… Alta Peak Down Jacket Columbia’s Alta Peak down jacket aims to bridge the

Reviewed: Hyperia Lite Jacket by Icebreaker

Every time I pack for a ski expedition up north or a beach trip down south, I always end up thinking that I should invent a warm, lightweight technical jacket that can fit snugly in my bag while I'm on my way to my destination. I've finally found this jacket and it's made my life so much easier. The one I'm talking about is Hyperia Lite Jacket from the New Zealand company icebreaker. If this coat meets the needs so well, it's because it manages to compete with the warmth of down while being super light and compressible. Pros Cons

Kanuk—A Turn to the New

Kanuk winter jackets seem to be everywhere these days. And with reason. A Montreal icon for over 50 years, Kanuk felt an overhaul was needed—something fresh, younger more dynamic, while still holding onto their DNA. A successful transformation by all metrics. Quality, Montreal Style Let’s dive into the reasons Kanuk had built up such a faithful fan base. First, their coats have always been made in Montreal, something that ranked high for the locals. No matter how warm-welcoming, Montreal has always been known for glacial winter temperatures. That Kanuk was born out of this climate is hardly surprising. [caption id="attachment_94194"

Canada Goose vs Arc’teryx—the Showdown

Canada Goose gives you powerfully-warm urban style forged from polar expeditions up north. Which one to choose? Canada Goose vs Arc’teryx will answer all your questions.Read Canadian-Made & Designed Winter Coats CANADA GOOSE VS ARC’TERYX—THE SHOWDOWNBoth brands are renowned on the international stage thanks to endorsements, timeless styling and the absolute best quality and manufacturing. What you intend to do will dictate which you should choose.WARMTH & INSULATIONCanada GooseIf warmth is your first and last criteria, nothing is better than Canada Goose. You can glide by a city winter in total comfort in a longer parka like the women’s Shelburne parka or the men’s

Lolë Katie L Edition Jacket Reviewed

With a Canadian winter fast approaching in the Rockies, it’s essential to literally have your butt covered when the snow flies. For a jacket that checks off all the boxes of style and functionality, the Katie L Edition jacket from Lolë is already part of my everyday winter wardrobe.  Here’s why I love it.  This durable jacket keeps you seriously toasty in any winter wonderland. Insulated with ethically-sourced down, it boasts a breathable and waterproof matte luxe fabric that protects you from the elements and wears easily with everything. Its slim-fit design comes with a two-way zipper, adjustable hood and

Embracing Winter in Montreal: Touring the City’s Hotspots With Canada Goose

Our itinerary was simply to go with the flow and experience the best of what Montreal has to offer, all while the city was digging itself out of a snowstorm. La Belle Province is regularly blanketed in snow for up to six months a year, and winter here is about embracing the joie de vivre no matter the weather. Instead of spending the day inside we explored, ate, and drank at some of the best places in Montreal, sporting Canada Goose parkas in their most natural environments. Gabrielle and Elif proved that if you dress accordingly, you too can live without restraints

Fjällräven Deals & Coupons for December 2019

What’s more satisfying than finding exactly what you’re looking for? Finding it for less. Altitude Sports regularly offers awesome Fjällräven deals and coupons on a wide selection of products. Fjällräven is a Swedish brand specializing in sustainable technical equipment. Their desire to inspire more people to experience nature has lead to the development of classic gear and apparel for urban and outdoor enthusiasts. Save on Kanken and a wide range of other Fjällräven products. Discount Alert! From wax jackets to stylish urban backpacks, Altitude Sports has the stuff you need at the prices you want. This month, take advantage of

10 Warmest Woolrich Winter Parkas

The stylish remedy for frigid Canadian winters? It might come from America’s heartland. Established in 1830 in the woodlands of Pennsylvania, Woolrich is America’s oldest surviving outdoor clothing company that now manufacturers of some of luxury outerwear’s warmest parkas. This heritage brand is renowned for its timeless seasonal outerwear and accessories. If fighting the chill in an elevated winter style is your priority, look no further than this season’s collection of the 10 Warmest Woolrich winter parkas.   A Brief History of Woolrich.  Before we dive into the 10 warmest men’s and women’s coats, let’s examine the brand’s rich history—and why

The North Face: Resolve 2 Raincoat VS Venture 2 Raincoat

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