Jackets

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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Canadian-Made & Designed Winter Jackets Brands

Canadian-Made & Designed Winter Jackets Brands

Canadian-made and designed winter jackets are created by people who know what it takes to feel right and look great in some of the coldest habitable winter climates on...
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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

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

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

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

Arc’teryx has been making top-quality outdoor gear since their market debut in 1989. Founded in British Columbia, Canada, roughly 30% of their products are still made locally, while their outsourced manufacturing is highly specialized, tightly controlled, and ethical. Though the Atom LT’s price tag can induce a moment of pause, the value here is undeniable and unmatched in its category. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Price: 0.00$ Men's Women's Brand Name | Product Type Product Name {"title":"","type":"one_column_multiple_image","products":null,"single_product_link":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/arcteryx-atom-lt-hoody-mens-llll-arc-24108","cta_1_text":"Men's","cta_2_text":"Women's","pros":"","cons":"","collection":null,"single_product_id":"","cta_1_url":{"url":"","is_external":"on","nofollow":"","custom_attributes":""},"cta_2_url":{"url":"https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/arcteryx-atom-lt-hoody-womens-llll-arc-24111","is_external":"on","nofollow":"","custom_attributes":""},"credit":null,"limit":null,"collection_link":null} The Atom LT Hoody is comfortable, durable, and allows for an endless range of motion by virtue of its clever design, which includes flexible side panels. This jacket is easily stowed in your gym bag

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 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.

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

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