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...

Arc’teryx Essential Jackets for Men

As the temperatures begin to drop and the leaves take on their fall colours, the signs of winter are close on the horizon. It's nearly the time of year for eggnog, mistletoe and winter storms so a sufficient winter coat is a must. Arc'teryx has a collection of essential jackets for men that are sure to compliment your winter style.  The Arc'teryx jacket collection boasts winter jackets with longer styles that shield your body from sharp winds and offer optimal weather protection to keep you comfortable in the harshest winter storms. Lighter weight insulated hoodys are the ultimate in middle-layer

Top 5 Men’s Winter Jackets for 2019

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. Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoody Even if the Cerium LT Hoody can be used as an intermediate layer, the Arc'teryx jacket

Arc’teryx Women’s Thorium AR Hoody Reviewed

I’ve been lucky enough to have a Thorium AR Hoody by Arc'teryx since the beginning of winter.  From the first frosts and dumps of the season to the current cold snap in the British Columbia Kootenay Interior, we’ve been through a lot, this jacket and I.  As my first heavy-duty down from Arc'teryx (I had used their Atom LT for insulation previously) I was worried I would only use the Thorium when the temps were at their coldest.  But I was so wrong.  I’ve thrown a lot of situations at this jacket (a 6-month-old puppy, several nights on the town,

Best Arc’teryx Hardshell Jackets—His & Hers

Best Arc’teryx Hardshell JacketsThere are many choices for him and her, with different features, materials, and a coded naming system that needs explaining.What’s a Hardshell Jacket?These rugged waterproof shell jackets repel the worst weather and keep you dry and comfortable. For Arc’teryx jackets they’re hooded and made from thickly-woven GORE-TEX. It’s an outermost layer, breathable, and shelters you from the storm. Layer them over an insulator and stay warm all winter. Wear it standalone with good hiking boots or hiking shoes and hit the trails in comfort.Arc’teryx Naming ConventionsWe’ll only deal with four abbreviations from Arc’teryx. SV stands for Severe Weather protection.

Helly Hansen’s LifaLoft: Exceptional Warmth Without the Weight

Layering for a day in the mountains is always a crucial part of the overall experience. Feeling too cold can quickly shorten a day so as mom always said, "it's better to be safe than sorry" and layer up. While layering is key, the types of layers you choose are also important because too many layers can restrict movement. This is where the Helly Hansen LifaLoft insulation comes in. Alfa LifaLoft Jacket Men Shop now LifaLoft Hybrid Insulator Jacket Women Shop now   Spitfire LifaLoft Jacket Men Shop now Motionista LofaLoft Jacket Women Shop now What is LifaLoft? This revolutionary

The Ultimate Waterproof-Breathable Fabrics Guide

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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

Herno Outerwear: High End Fashion & Performance

Imagined in the city of Lesa by Giuseppe Marenzi and his wife Alessandra Diana, Herno was founded in 1948. Born from the experience offered by the extremely rainy climate of Lake Maggiore, Herno at first produced only raincoats. Later on, they started producing cashmere coats, which allowed them to start the exportation of their garments within Europe. Ten years after, their collection started to diversify, offering jackets, suits and even dresses. Today, Herno, who was named after the river that runs close to their office, can be found everywhere in the world. Driven by excellence, ethics, and an obvious respect

Mountain Hardwear: Discover the Exposure/2 GORE-TEX Collection

Mountain Hardwear strives to reimagine the future by introducing innovative technologies and new collections season after season. From their popular StretchDown collection to their latest Exposure/2 GORE-TEX launch, they are well beyond meeting the needs of outdoor enthusiasts and keeping adventurers well equipped. Shop Mountain Hardwear About the Exposure/2 GORE-TEX Collection Mountain Hardwear's latest Exposure/2 GORE-TEX collection is an ode to the original Exposure Jacket. A technical icon, this jacket set the standard for GORE-TEX shells and with it's recent revamp, it's even better than before. With a focus on fabric, fit and sustainability, the Exposure/2 GORE-TEX collection takes the title

Top 11 Winter Jackets for Women

Wintertime is a chance to unlock your inner winter fashion diva and flaunt your style on the mountain, in the city, and at the local iced-over pond. Wherever you go this winter, you want to be warm and have a reliable winter coat to explore in the snow. Whether you spend your winters on the mountain or in the city, half of the shopping check-list is finding a winter coat that keeps you warm and makes you look damn good! There are plenty of great looking jackets and it's hard to choose—but who says you can't own more than just

Icebreaker’s Wapoint Roll Neck Sweater reviewed

When it comes to building my wardrobe, I like to start with neutral tones and high-quality pieces. In a world where marketing and the fashion industry are trying to have us, I find it more important to select high-quality pieces. I recently had the chance to try Icebreaker's Waypoint Roll Neck Sweater for myself but I already knew the brand since my boyfriend had a few pieces from them. I packed my merino wool Icebreaker sweater to a weekend in the mountains where I was able to test it with multiple temperatures’ variations during the weekend. Pros: Cons: Lightweight and soft

Arc’teryx Atom LT VS The North Face Ventrix

Gearing up for the fall season means picking the best of the best from your fall wardrobe and tackling adventures in the brisk winds with a lightweight jacket. Synthetic, down, or no insulation at all, whatever jacket you choose for your outdoor adventures, you want to choose one that's not only comfortable and looks great, but one that performs well too. To get you ready for fall adventures, we've compared the classic and ever-popular Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody with The North Face Ventrix, a new technical jacket debuting this season. Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody The North Face Ventrix Hoodie Synthetic

Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody Review

Arc'teryx, a company that got its beginnings in shells and synthetic insulation, has proven they can compete in the down insulation market. When they first started making down jackets, some were probably wondering, did they reinvent the wheel or just make another down jacket with odd-shaped baffles? Our review of this product 9.5 / 10 PROS Perfect hood Ultralight Arc'teryx quality CONS Slightly pricier than most Let's have a look. The first thing we noticed about the men's Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoody is that it looks like any other down jacket. But the comparison ends there. Made with 850 loft

Quartz Co. Elia Jacket VS Canada Goose Trillium Parka

Picking a winter coat can be a thrill, but there are so many styles and brands to choose from so knowing where to start can be daunting and cause some people to wait until the last minute. The best place to start is with people who know winter—warm Canadian winter parkas made to combat winter's worst. There's one thing we know: before you decide on the winning coat, a lot of comparisons take place. If you want to be warm and look great all winter long, you want to find that coat that shows off your style but also doesn't

The North Face Ventrix Jacket Reviewed

The North Face Ventrix Jacket is a synthetic insulated jacket with North Face’s Ventix technology. This technology aims to make the insulation more breathable by perforating it. When the user is still, the perforations are closed and the insulation is at its best. When the user is active, the perforations open with the fabric’s movement, allowing heat and humidity to travel through, thus increasing breathability. Shop Ventrix Jacket now Our review of this product 7 / 10 The pros are: Adjustable elastic at the hem Over-the-helmet hood Very lightweight Fabric more resistant at the wrists, elbows and hem The cons are:

Four Classic Down Parkas for Men Reviewed

Anybody who has waited at a bus stop for twenty minutes in Québec’s bone-chilling winter winds will understand the advantages of having the best winter jacket. The four models under review are: The North Face McMurdo III Parka, The North Face Gotham Jacket III, the Canada Goose Expedition Parka and the Canada Langford Parka Shop Men’s Winter Jackets ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Canada Goose vs. The North Face Product Name LEARN MORE Product Name LEARN MORE Product Name LEARN MORE Product Name LEARN MORE Product Name LEARN MORE Product Name LEARN MORE Product Name LEARN MORE Product Name LEARN MORE {"title":"Canada Goose vs. The North Face","type":"default","products":[{"product_id":"","product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/canada-goose-mens-langford-parka-llll-2062m","product_feature":"","_id":"9fcadcc"},{"product_id":"","product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/canada-goose-mens-expedition-parka-llll-cgo-4660m","product_feature":"","_id":"6e144d3"},{"product_id":"","product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/the-north-face-mcmurdo-parka-mens-llll-tnf-nf0a4qzt","product_feature":"","_id":"438676b"},{"product_id":"","product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/the-north-face-mens-gotham-jacket-iii-llll-tnf-nf0a33rg","product_feature":"","_id":"68b4a6a"}],"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,"collection_id":null,"limit":null}  Langford

Audvik Winter Jackets – Family-Made in Montreal

Audvik winter jackets are a made-in-Montreal success story that starts with family and ends in stylish, premium warmth. A look at the company and apparel will show you why Audvik is one of the freshest cold-weather gear companies on the scene. Audvik - The Story The story of Audvik winter jackets is a real family affair. Owner and CEO Sophie Boyer, a former ski champion, rescued the brand from oblivion with some sound advice from her uncle. She teamed with her designer sister and mother to turn the company around, producing their first new line of clothing after only two months.

The Ultimate Insulation Guide

Whether you’re planning on buying a new jacket or shopping for a new sleeping bag, you’ve probably noticed that the outerwear in stores has all kinds of mini-guides to the technology, and insulation used in making the product. It might not always be clear what the benefits to those insulators are, so here’s our ultimate insulation guide to help you choose between down and synthetic.What is Down?Down is what you find under the layer of a water bird’s feather that protects them from the cold. Unlike feathers, the down is made of multiple filaments that grow in all directions. It’s more voluminous than

Top 5 Urban Raincoats for Women

You never know when the rain is going to start pouring, and it's best to be prepared when it does. Find the perfect pair of rain boots and pair them with a stylish yet functional raincoat and you'll surely be ready for any urban adventure rain or shine. Flaunt your chic look in one of our top 5 urban raincoats for women. With so many styles to choose from, there's the perfect raincoat to complete any look. Arc'teryx Codetta Coat Shop Codetta Jacket Whether you're travelling the globe or running errands in town, face the worst showers in the Arc'teryx

Top 5 Urban Raincoats for Men

It's sometimes difficult to predict Mother Nature's mood, but with the proper wet weather ensemble, you'll be ready for anything. Slip on the right pair of rain boots and a versatile raincoat and there's no stopping your urban outdoor adventures from happening. Having a style in mind always helps, but knowing what you want to get out of your raincoat is important. Once you've figured out how to find the perfect raincoat, check out our list of stylish urban raincoats for men that will help you prepare for those rainy days in the city. Shop Raincoats for Men Reigning Champ Sideline

Quartz Co.’s Three Brothers: On Purchasing their own Factory and what the Future Holds

Brothers Jean-Philippe, François-Xavier, and Guillaume Robert own and operate Quartz Co., a Quebec-based winter outerwear brand specializing in Canadian-made jackets and parkas. We at Altitude Sports have been lucky enough to share in Quartz Co.'s growth, having collaborated on winter parkas the last five winter seasons.  We recently sat down with the three brothers at one of their new facilities. We chatted about their pivot to domestic-based manufacturing, the challenges of basing their production in Canada, and what the future holds for Quartz Co. Shop Quartz Co. Why did you guys decide to purchase your own production factory? Guillaume: Our

Comparing Canada Goose Parkas: Kensington VS Trillium

Canada Goose is a premium brand when it comes to winter jackets. Their parkas, originally designed for arctic expeditions, are second to none when it comes to warmth. With so many to choose from, we thought we'd take a closer look at two of their most popular women's jackets. Here’s a  comparison of the Kensington Parka and Trillium Parka. Kensington Parka   Trillium Parka Fit & Style At first glance, the Trillium (White) is more minimalist than the Kensington (Red). With its regular fit, the Trillium doesn’t have a lot of visible details other than the snap buttons that close

Canada Goose Fusion Fit: Winter Coats Designed for Petite Body Frames

Who Should Buy the Canada Goose Fusion Fit?Finding a winter jacket that fits your style can be difficult. Finding a winter jacket that fits your body type can be even harder. For those men and women who don’t fit standard sizes, Canada Goose has introduced the Fusion Fit.Using an average of 26 body measurements and pairing them with body scans of 16,000 individuals, Canada Goose cam up with the perfect size for someone looking to purchase a Canada Goose jacket with smaller measurements. Shop Canada Goose Fusion Fit Difference between Men’s Standard Sizing and Fusion SizingWhen it comes to men’s jackets, the

Canada Goose Thermal Experience Index

Canada Goose Thermal Experience Index - Find The Right Jacket Depending on your winter, your jacket requirements will be different. From chilly breezes to arctic flurries, knowing what kind of jacket performs best in which climate is key. With a wide range of products, it can be confusing to try and figure out which jackets are best suited to what temperatures. Canada Goose has created an easy-to-understand system to help you choose the Canada Goose product you need. The Canada Goose Thermal Experience Index (TEI) will help you select the best parka to get you through the winter. Shop Canada

Canada Goose Sizing Chart

To make things easier, Canada Goose has a sizing guide with measurements for men, women and kids. The sizing chart features body measurements and will make things a lot easier when it comes to picking the right Canada Goose Jacket.Whether you’re choosing between the Kensington, the Trillium, the Langford or the Expedition; you’ll want to make sure you check out the size guide to make sure the fit is optimal.  ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Product Name LEARN MORE Product Name LEARN MORE Product Name LEARN MORE Product Name LEARN MORE Product Name LEARN MORE Product Name LEARN MORE Product Name LEARN MORE Product Name LEARN MORE {"title":"","type":"default","products":[{"product_id":"","product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/canada-goose-womens-kensington-parka-llll-2506l","product_feature":"","_id":"5443b81"},{"product_id":"","product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/canada-goose-womens-trillium-parka-llll-cgo-6660l","product_feature":"","_id":"e920bec"},{"product_id":"","product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/canada-goose-mens-langford-parka-llll-2062m","product_feature":"","_id":"155d3d2"},{"product_id":"","product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/canada-goose-mens-expedition-parka-llll-cgo-4660m","product_feature":"","_id":"25b7dc2"}],"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,"collection_id":null,"limit":null} Canada

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 you

Most Popular Women’s Coats For Winter 2019

As the frost begins to settle on the windows, and the last leaves of fall hit the ground, it’s time to prepare for the cold months of winter. Bundling up and staying in is recommended on those lazy Sundays, but when you’re on the go you want to stay warm. 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. Shop Women's Winter Coats Canada Goose Trillium Parka The Trillium Parka combines

The North Face Gotham III VS Canada Goose Chilliwack

With winter coming, everyone is starting to shop around for a warm winter coat. But the big question is which coat will keep you the warmest without making you look like an abominable snowman? We highlight two coats for you that meet these important criteria, and pit The North Face vs Canada Goose in a showdown: the Gotham III Jacket by The North Face and the Chilliwack Bomber by Canada Goose. The North Face Gotham III Jacket - Men Shop Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber - Men Shop   Down Fill Power Insulation Both jackets are very well insulated. From Edmonton

Most Popular Men’s Jackets For Winter 2019

With winter just around the corner, it's time to make sure you're ready for the cold days to come. If you haven't found the perfect winter jacket, it might be time amp up the search. Style and warmth are essential when it comes to facing the elements. Looks aside, purpose and fit need to be considered when it comes to picking the right winter jacket for you. To make things easier, here's a collection of our most popular men's jackets that are ready to take on Winter 2019. Shops Men's Winter Coats Canada Goose Langford Parka Canada Goose is made for

Canada Goose Kensington VS Soia & Kyo Rana

Canada Goose's Kensington Parka The Kensington Parka is probably one of the most popular jackets from Canada Goose. Entirely made in Canada, this parka represents the perfect mix of a coat designed for exploring the city and the country. Its 625 fill duck down insulation and Thermal Experience Index rating of 3 will keep you warm all winter long. The outside pockets are very practical, and you even get two hand-warming pockets in the front. The adjustable hood with real coyote fur adds a great touch regarding style. The nylon lining makes is waterproof - which is great for winter.

Arc’teryx Men’s Rush Jacket Reviewed

How about that? This is pretty much what the iconic Arc’teryx Rush Jacket is intended for. For me, a jacket that is solid enough to resist the east coast bushwhacks whilst delivering the technicalities to deal with the ups and downs of mother nature means that it is a pretty darn good jacket.More Price: 0.00$ learn more Pros Clever features for your adventure needsModern fit to accommodate modern backcountry skiersExtremely solid material if you’re ever tempted to bushwhack to get to your dream line  Cons From my point of view, this is the Holy Grail in terms of backcountry skiing jacket. For

What is the Canada Goose Black Label Collection?

In this collection, you’ll find the same durability and craftsmanship as you would from the rest of their selection. They have the insulated warmth needed to conquer arctic climates in the urban environment. However, these streamlined designs feature one noticeable difference. The traditional red, white and blue Canada Goose logo has been replaced by a muted black and grey logo.  Of course, for those who like to stick to tradition, favourites like the Men’s Langford Parka and the Women’s Trillium Parka are reliable as ever against the cold, as is the classic Women’s Expedition Parka. Product Name LEARN MORE Product Name LEARN MORE Product Name LEARN