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.


How to Choose the Right Winter Jacket

How to Choose the Right Winter Jacket

What Kind of Winter Jacket Do You Need? There are three main types of winter jackets. To find the right one for you, think about the activities you plan...

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.

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 Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop Product Name Shop {"title":"","type":"default","products":[{"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","product_id":""}],"single_product_link":null,"cta_1_text":null,"cta_2_text":null,"pros":null,"cons":null,"collection":[{"feature":"Lorem ipsum dolorLorem ipsum dolorLorem ipsum dolor","_id":"1e2dc8d"},{"feature":"Lorem ipsum dolorLorem ipsum

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

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

Understanding the Arc’teryx Apparel Naming Scheme

Arc’teryx combines high-performance fabrics and highly technical features with the knowledge and first-hand experience it takes to overcome the elements. They also help you make a more informed decision with the two-letter Arc’teryx apparel naming scheme,  which categorizes their products by function and climate compatibility.From waterproof rain jackets to down insulated mid-layers, Arc’teryx’s precise attention to detail and focus on creating high-quality all-weather apparel has made them one of the leading brands in the outdoor industry. They design equipment and apparel tailored for every adventure. Here’s a quick guide on what each category means, and what it can do for you. SL: Super LightSuper

Norrøna Svalbard Cotton Anorak Reviewed

Over the years, I’ve owned a lot of tech apparel, but the Svalbard Cotton jacket from Norrøna is definitely one worth mentioning. I’ve always look at Norrøna as the pinnacle of technical clothing, they seem to merge high-quality materials with style very well. As someone who spends a lot of time outdoors, I rely on my clothing to do the job it’s meant to do: keep me warm, dry and comfortable. Pros Cons Nice length, keeps you dry down low Super Stylish Lots of pockets Great fit The cotton finish makes it feel not as waterproof as other tech jackets

Norrøna Svalbard Cotton Jacket Reviewed

The Svalbard Cotton Jacket is great for the person that wants it all. This jacket can be worn out on the hiking trails, out biking, running errands in town, or out for dinner with a pair of black skinny jeans. I am in love with the indigo night colour (dark blue) - it looks sharp with absolutely everything. Our review Pros: Long back Large hood Lots of pockets   Cons: Short arm length Water-resistant, not waterproof First Impressions This jacket has a very classic look, yet can stand wind, rain, and light snow. It stays breathable for when you start

Norrøna Svalbard Cotton Shorts: the Perfect Everday Short

I might have once looked at Norrøna's Svalbard Light Cotton Shorts and thought to myself, "those look like mom shorts." Now that I have a pair, I think to myself, "why did I not buy these sooner?!" Our review Pros: Fastening loops on the side Super comfortable Options to roll up or down   Cons: More colours First Impressions A lot of shorts and bottoms, in general, tend to bag out at the waist after a few hours of wear, especially for those that have no hips like me. So the greatest thing about these shorts is the adjustable loops

Norrøna Svalbard Lightweight Anorak: the Go-To Adventure Anorak

I’ve been looking for a lightweight jacket for all my outdoor adventures, and I've finally found it! The Svalbard Lightweight Anorak by Norrøna is the perfect jacket for venturing out, and great for when the weather seems questionable. Our review Pros: Great fit, Long back. Large pocket Comfortable   Cons: More colours I would love to see one that is completely waterproof, rather than water resistant. Whether it be for hiking, camping, outdoor sports, or riding your bike in town with the kids, this jacket is the bomb. I brought the jacket to my softball game last night because the

Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket Review

Patagonia - the name conjures a remote part of Argentina and incredible natural beauty. To the outdoor clothing industry, it represents an iconic brand logo of a mountain sunset, amazing clothing, and sustainability. Led by its founder Yvon Chouinard, the clothing company has promised 1% off all profits toward environmental causes. The company also doesn't sell Vests to finance bros, which is a plus. Patagonia's renowned apparel collection includes high-quality technical gear that ranges from casual styles to Gore-Tex shells for summiting alpine peaks. I had high expectations for the men's Stretch Rainshadow jacket as the brand has a reputation

Fjällräven Keb Eco-Shell Jacket Review

My first thought when I got the Fjällräven Keb Eco-Shell Jacket designed for rainy weather was, "This looks super sharp!" followed by, "I can’t wait to try this out!" Cue consecutive weeks of sunshine… Normally I’d be stoked with a few weeks of nice weather but that made it a bit challenging to test the waterproof shell. I had to get creative - and I’m pleased to report that whether under a showerhead, a garden hose or even pelted by water balloons the Keb Eco-Shell kept me perfectly dry! The neighbours think I’m even weirder than before of course... Our

RAINS: Modern and Comfortable Rainwear

Spontaneous spring showers can be a nuisance, but with a stylish raincoat that is comfortable to boot, you can welcome spring showers with open arms. Rains recognizes the need for comfortable rainwear and offers a collection of products that successfully blend fashion and function. It is a brand dedicated to providing rainwear and accessories that are modern yet crafted to withstand the gloomiest, wet weather. Shop RAINS Behind the Brand Founded in 2012, Rains set out to reinvent the classic rubber raincoat into something more modern and functional. Starting with a single poncho their first year, the brand followed-up with

The Ultimate DryVent Guide

Whether you have a closet full of waterproof garments or you rely on that one classic raincoat that’s gotten you through the toughest showers for women or men, there are a variety of waterproof fabrics and membranes which are sure to get the job done. This ultimate DryVent guide will help steer you right with one of the most versatile fabrics out there.While GORE-TEX has become the most popular and well-known, DryVent is by far the lighter and more flexible of the two. It is PU-based and offers waterproof, windproof and breathable benefits. It’s also developed by The North Face. Shop The North Face What

The Ultimate Guide to GORE-TEX

GORE-TEX has made a name for itself within the outdoor industry and even in the fashion world too. It is not uncommon to see GORE-TEX on the labels of high-end fashion coats, technical outerwear, fashion and outdoor footwear and even bags and backpacks. It’s everywhere! When you purchase a product made of GORE-TEX you’re purchasing their “GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY” promise. What is GORE-TEX? GORE-TEX is a thin membrane oozing with amazing characteristics. There are over 9 billion pores per square inch, each home to the waterproof characteristics those who shop for GORE-TEX are interested in. Each pore within

The Ultimate Dry.Q™ Guide

When it comes to staying dry while enjoying your favourite activities in the outdoors no matter what the weather is, Mountain Hardwear has found the secret. While GORE-TEX® is one of the most common and renowned waterproof membranes found within the outdoor industry, there are many others that although often lost in the shuffle, perform remarkably. Dry.Q™ for example, is a waterproof technology used by Mountain Hardwear that allows air and moisture to pass through the fabric outward keeping the wearer dry and comfortable. Shop Mountain Hardwear What is Dry.Q™? Dry.Q™ technology is used in Mountain Hardwear's waterproof products and is available