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.


Best Winter Jackets For Extreme Canadian Winters

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...

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

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

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

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

And there’s nothing like a rainy weather protector like The North Face raincoats. When looking for a raincoat, keep in mind that The North Face has introduced new technologies when needed and improved classics that sell themselves in hopes to keep another generation of the consumers’ favourites at the top of their sale charts.This has proven particularly true with two of The North Face’s most popular raincoats, the Venture and the Resolve. Available in men’s, women’s and youth sizes, these raincoats offer the basic weather protection you need whether you’re on a winding trail through mountain peaks or simply enjoying a

Canada Goose Best Lightweight Down Jackets

Transitional seasons leave a lot of guesswork when choosing the right thing to wear. For autumn’s unpredictability, a lightweight down jacket is just the right thing. Canada Goose had created an extensive new line of lightweight down jackets, striking a balance between style and warmth for your seasonal urban activities. To help you make the right choice among their different models, here are our top picks for both men’s and women’s jackets. Shop Canada Goose lightweight down jackets Women’s top light down jackets 1. Camp Down Hoody With a ‘2’ Thermal Index Rating and 750 fill-power down insulation, the Camp Down Hoody

Arc’teryx Beta AR VS Norrøna Falketind GORE-TEX

It keeps you dry and protected from all the elements and allows you to enjoy a day in nature rain or shine. To ensure you remain dry and smiling on the trails and up in the mountains this season, here is the Arc’teryx Beta AR VS Norrøna Falketind GORE-TEX. We’ve compared the durable and versatile classic, Arc’teryx Beta AR jacket and the versatile and durable all-season Norrøna Falketind GTX jacket. Arc’teryx Beta AR Norrøna Falketind GTX Helmet compatible DropHood Zippered internal pocket WaterTight external zippers Armpit zippers GORE-TEX Pro 3L Athletic fit two hand pockets Lifetime warranty Adjustable hem drawcord

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

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

Below is a guide to some of the more popular waterproof breathable fabrics and technologies you may come across. Most are linked to specific brands while some are not.Waterproof Breathable Fabrics FUTURELIGHT 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":"FUTURELIGHT","type":"default","products":[{"product_id":"","product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/the-north-face-summit-l5-jacket-mens-llll-tnf-nf0a35qc","product_feature":"","_id":"94542b5"},{"product_id":"","product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/the-north-face-summit-l6-down-belay-parka-womens-llll-tnf-nf0a3y4p","product_feature":"","_id":"7f31c8c"},{"product_id":"","product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/the-north-face-brigandine-jacket-mens-llll-tnf-nf0a3m1v","product_feature":"","_id":"a7ded7c"},{"product_id":"","product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/the-north-face-summit-l5-lightweight-jacket-womens-llll-tnf-nf0a3spo","product_feature":"","_id":"1f8251d"}],"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} Any conversation about waterproof breathable fabric has to look seriously at FUTURELIGHT, created by The North Face after talks with several of their athletes and tested on the Himalayas. It has become the fabric of

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

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.

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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

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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