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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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...
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Review of the Icebreaker Stratus LS Zip Jacket

I was pretty excited when I unfolded the sleek dark grey Stratus and put my arms through the sleeves for the first time. When I zipped it up, the first thought that came to mind was, “Wow, this is like wearing a perfectly tailored woolen quilt.” Our review of this product 8.8 / 10 The pros are: Quality is pretty much perfect Great breathability Very soft liner The cons are: Needs a chest pocket Not waterproof I am no stranger to Icebreaker products, or merino products in general. Given my penchant for classic cycling jerseys and Belgian cyclocross, I have

Review of the Men’s The North Face Thermoball Jacket

Bottom Line: A very light, minimalist jacket that's perfect as a midlayer through the colder months and an outer layer through the warmer, drier months. Our review of this product 8.2 / 10 The pros are: Lightweight Stowable Warm in wet weather The cons are: No interior chest pocket Not as warm as down First Impressions and Observations: For a jacket that uses synthetic Primaloft insulation my first thought when I picked it up was "huh, this is really light!". It weighs a mere 350g's. My second thought was "Is this enough to keep me warm?". I tested it out

MORE WINTER JACKETS: MOOSE KNUCKLES 3/4 VS CANADA GOOSE MONTEBELLO

Winter is here, and I have to tell you that as a French person, I do not take this lightly! Even more than the weather itself, what caused me the most anxiety was to think that I had to find THE winter jacket to survive my very first Canadian winter. True, I am very fortunate to work at Altitude-sports.com, which allowed me to test of few of them. Here, I chose to compare the Montebello Parka by Canada Goose and the 3/4 by Moose Knuckles. And yes, as you might have noticed, the French do love a good Canada Goose jacket!

COMPARING THE CANADA GOOSE KENSINGTON AND THE MACKAGE BRIGID

The Kensington is a popular Canada Goose model, and for many reasons. First off, it is available in an array of colors, from black to flamingo pink, brick red to pale grey. Then, there is the design. The length is perfect for women who do not want their thighs to freeze. We know it is no mystery, the less exposed the skin is, the less likely we are to get cold. It is also for this reason that the lined sleeves, the huge hood endowed with a coyote fur ruff, and the high collar are highly appreciated on this model.

Canada Goose Lodge Jacket Review

The Canada Goose Lodge Jacket is definitely one of the best short urban jackets to wear between seasons. Even though you can combine the jacket with a shell, the coat has enough isolation to be worn alone while also being both breathable and ultralight. Product Review 9.3 / 10 The pros are: Made in Canada 750 Hutterite High Quality Down Great Value The cons are: Fragile Outer Fabric Shop Lodge Jacket Like all Canada Goose products, the Lodge Jacket is made in Canada. The down isolation of the coat is unique. It comes from the Hutterite geese farms in the Canadian

Arc’teryx Sabre Jacket Review

I had the chance to test the Arc'teryx Sabre Jacket during a trip to Switzerland. I liked it so much I bought the demo for this year (a perk of being in the industry). Our review of this product 9.2 / 10 The pros are: Articulated cut Fabric has a soft touch Unsurpassed quality The cons are: So durable the colour will one day be 'out' The Sabre has been in the collection for a few years now. It is the reference to anyone looking to make a ski jacket. It is blessed with all the important traits of an

Canada Goose comparison: Langford vs. Chateau

Here are two men’s styles from Canada Goose’s Arctic Collection: the Langford Parka and the Chateau Parka. What’s the difference between them? Alexandre tried them both and tells you all you need to know about these two winter jackets. The Langford Parka is new to the collection and is inspired by two of the best men’s jackets: the Chateau and the Banff. It’s a little longer and stops at mid-thigh. Its fit is classic, straight and elegant. Nothing really stands out, it has very few obvious details. The Langford is equipped with a double flap to protect the zipper, one

Where to Find the Most Ethical Down Jackets

Recently, The North Face has declared that by 2017 all their down products will be certified by the RDS. Much like Patagonia who has claimed that the company's organic policy was the catalyst in developing California's organic cotton farm industry, The North Face believes it's bringing down production to a new ethical era by encouraging other companies into getting their products RDS certified as well. However, Patagonia had already established much stricter standards for all their down products and, in 2014, all their products respected this Traceable Down Standard. Both companies have released their standards to the public for others

The Arc’teryx Therme Parka

Arc'teryx has a classic on its hands. The Arc'teryx Therme Parka is waterproof, windproof and very warm, able to handle anything a cold winter can throw at an urbanite. Insulated with goose down, it has a great warmth-to-weight ratio, and Coreloft synthetic insulation is strategically placed at points prone to moisture buildup, so you stay warm even when damp. Our review 9.5 / 10 Pros Very warm Waterproof Windproof Cons Hood adjustments Cuff adjustments The Arc'teryx Therme Parka is available in different colours, and so can be worn in almost any social situation. With its Gore-Tex membrane it is 100%