Winter

When the mercury tumbles and cold weather moves in, we all turn to winter warmth, whether a lightweight down-filled jacket, a longer puffy city coat or a parka that stands up to all seasonal weather. This year’s new models, breathable shells, the best jackets and warmest boots for all your favourite winter sports—we’ve got guides, reviews and top lists to sort it all out for you. Shop urban, outdoor and technical for mountain adventuring and warm urban comfort.

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Winter Boot Guide

Winter Boot Guide

As we know, winter is generally colder than the rest of the seasons depending on the climate where you are living so adequate gear is imperative. Due to the...
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Winter Boot Guide

As we know, winter is generally colder than the rest of the seasons depending on the climate where you are living so adequate gear is imperative. Due to the more extreme temperatures, proper gear is essential for not only your comfort but for your safety too, (and of course to ensure your experience is exceptional) so make sure you’re picking the right pair of winter boots with the help of this winter boot guide. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Best overall winter boot Sorel’s 1964 PAC Nylon Waterproof Boots for men are timeless classics that will keep you warm and dry from zero to 32 below. The removable

Winter Boots Insulation Guide

Winter on a cool day can be enjoyable. Winter at its worst can be an absolute nightmare. Good or bad, winter is cold. Seems obvious, but finding the right pair of boots to take on the elements isn't. Some boots are designed to do it all while others can have a specific use based on activity and weather. There are lots of factors to consider when choosing the right winter boots, but one thing you shouldn't overlook is the type of insulation used to warm your feet. It can be a headache navigating through different winter boot insulation types. We

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 no wonder, with great insulation, flattering styling, and coming in lightweight and warm. Puffer jackets have a distinct, “quilted” design with sections that look puffy between the stitching. Rather than bulky and unflattering, the styles in this review range from boxy to slimming. Many are packable, ultra-warm, and resistant to sleet, wind, and snow.Our best overall favourite on the list was the North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket, which combines exceptional

Best Winter Boots for Kids

These days, parents can find much higher quality winter snow boots for their kids than when they were young. Gone are the days of putting plastic bags over your feet to keep out water. Now, winter snow boots for kids have advanced waterproofing technology, fit securely, are well-insulated, and have excellent traction on the outsoles. We found the best winter snow boots were the Sorel Yoot Pac Nylon Boots, which have excellent insulation, are easy to put on, and are fully waterproof. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente The Top Winter Boots for Kids Reviewed   Product Name Excellent insulation Design is easy to slip

Best Synthetic Insulated Jackets In 2020

Our pick for best synthetic insulated jacket in 2020 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

8 Best Running Pants and Tights for Winter Running

Whether you’re running in winter, on cold summer days or windy fall afternoons, a good pair of running tights are essential for running all year round and fighting off cold weather. There's nothing like a pair of the best running pants and tights for men and women for winter running.We've pulled out the stops and chosen our eight faves, all to help you enjoy the outdoors and your training regimen through the winter. Our top pick for men is the Sub Zero Zap Tight by Sugoi, and for women, the Winter Warm High Rise Tights by The North Face. Read

Best Winter Boots For Men 2020

It’s getting close to that time of year when we need winter boots. When buying new winter boots you want the best winter boots for men around.  Consider four things when buying - waterproofness, insulation, grip, and style. Materials like waterproof nylon and GORE-TEX will keep your feet dry in wet conditions. Not only are wet feet and socks uncomfortable, but you’ll also get colder much quicker. If your boots don’t keep out the cold, then you’ll have a very hard time staying warm when temperatures drop. Lined boots will keep your feet cozy, while durable uppers block out freezing

Patagonia Down Sweater Review

Since 2008, the Patagonia Down Sweater  has been a brand icon. And not just among climbers and hikers. Commuters, city slickers, urban explorers, fashionistas, and the environmentally conscious have all remained loyal to the legendary garment. So what makes it so iconic? Besides its many top-notch features, the Down Sweater marked a drastic change in the lightweight jacket aesthetic, ushering in a new era of functional minimalist design and inspiring other outdoor companies to do the same. ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket Product Type Product Name Price: 0.00$ The Down Sweater may not the most ultralight down jacket on the

Best Winter Cycling Jackets for 2020

When you’re cycling in winter, your primary concern is to stay dry and warm. Modern brands design cycling jackets to keep you comfortable with modern synthetic fabrics that insulate and waterproof. They also feature excellent reflective zippers and convenient pockets for storing additional layers. We found the best overall winter cycling jacket with the most impressive features like waterproofing and breathability to be the Castelli Alpha RoS 2 Jacket. Breathable microporous membrane fabrics such as Gore-Tex prevent rainwater from getting in but allow moisture (read: sweat) to get out. These days, there is a broad range of jackets available, from

Our 9 favourite sweaters for men

Gentlemen, it's here. After some hefty research, we've compiled a list of the best sweaters for men We can confidently say it has some of the most sought-after brands in the game. From traditional pullovers to sweatshirts and crewnecks, these unique styles have something for every guy. Our favourite men's sweaters range from slightly techy (think a casual day hike) to more dressy-casual (think a dinner party). But all of them will deliver the warmth, style, and comfort you need for the changing seasons. Each sweater is also well-made. Because there is absolutely no point making a list of our

Canadian-Made & Designed Winter Coats

Everyone has their favourite brands, strategically chosen for all sorts of reasons—style, materials, fit, and even the origin of the company. More and more people are looking for Canadian-made and designed winter coats, as they are earning a well-deserved reputation for warmth, looks, and durability domestically, overseas and south of the border. Canadian-made and designed winter coats are created by people who know what it takes to feel right and look great in some of the coldest habitable winter climates on Earth. Some are even made from domestically-sourced materials and fabrics. Wherever they are created, buying a winter coat from a

Most Popular Winter Boots for Women

Looking for the best women's winter boots to take on the infamously cold Canadian winters? The choice is not easy. The warmest winter boots are not necessarily the biggest or thickest. There are many things to consider, such as the look, the purpose (for walking, everyday life, snowshoeing, etc.), the sole, and more.This year's winter is gearing up to look a little different than we are used to. We'll probably be spending more time at home, plowing snow, playing outside with people or finally trying out winter sports, now that we have a little more time. We reviewed the best

Best Winter Running Shoes Reviewed for 2021

Here are our top picks for winter running shoes. Matched with merino layers from icebreaker or the Intraknit series from Smartwool, the following pairs of shoes will surely keep you warm and dry.Best Winter Running ShoesBest overall: Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX Trail Running ShoesBest for snow: Inov 8 Parkclaw 275 GTXBest for ice: Saucony Peregrine Ice+Best for trails: Salomon SpikeCross GTXBest minimalist shoes: Arc'teryx Norvan SL GTX TrailBest for men: Mizuno Wave Rider 23 GTXBest for women: Icebug NewRun NUGrip GTXBest unisex: Salomon S/Lab XA Alpine 2How to Choose Your Running ShoesFinding the right winter running shoes or winter trail

Best Canada Goose Parkas for Winter 2020-21

The Canadian coat connoisseur knows exactly what it takes to integrate arctic-level performance with stylish city outerwear. Your next Canada Goose coat is an investment and should be treated that way—do some research for the right selection. Before you purchase your parka, have a look at the best Canada Goose parkas and accessories for 2020.OverviewCountless individuals cherish their Canada Goose parka, particularly at -25 degrees C and they're unfazed due to its powerful insulating properties. Ensure your environment is appropriate for a Canada Goose jacket.Down is the natural insulator used in Canada Goose jackets. While down is light and warm, it

Best Winter Jackets For Extreme Canadian Winters

Winter is coming. That means preparing for mountains of snow, temperatures dropping far below zero and freezing cold gusts of wind. That kind of extreme winter weather calls for extreme winter jackets.That doesn't mean we run from the cold, it just means we need to be prepared. Ski jackets, winter parkas, bomber jackets, and puffer jackets–whatever the style, whatever the purpose, winter apparel has to keep you warm. Keeping that in mind, here’s our selection for men and women of some of the best winter jackets for extreme Canadian winters.Our top pickCanada Goose Expedition Parka ShoeChaussureBagSacTentTente Product Type Product Name

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

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

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.

How Should a Winter Coat Fit?

Finding the right fit for a jacket is usually the deciding factor when looking for the best winter jacket. Our comprehensive guide will help you make sure you are confident you made the right choice.Letting Your Coat Gain Its Loft Before Wearing ItIf you’re purchasing a coat online, it will most likely arrive at its destination packaged in a bag or a box and has been compressed to fit efficiently. Like a new duvet blanket or a sleeping bag that has just been released from the compression sack for the first time, you have to fluff it up. This allows

The Future is in Warm Hands: Heated Gloves Buying Guide

When deep cold strikes your regular gloves or mittens might not cut it against the freeze. Extremities get numb and nothing is worse than cold hands and cold fingers, especially out on the ski slopes or scaling an icy mountain. Fortunately in the never-ending world of innovative outdoor products, there are electric heated gloves - the digit-warmers of today and the future. Electric Heated Gloves Q & A Electric gloves for winter is still a relatively - if undeservedly - little-known segment of the outdoor winter apparel industry. You have questions, we have answers, plus a few helpful suggestions. Are

8 Best Winter Running Jackets

For some, the falling snow and blistering winds mean it's time to hang up their running shoes for the season. It's time to switch gears, literally, to skis, snowboards, snowshoes and whatever else they might enjoy doing on snow and ice. For those who like to stick to their favourite activities all year round we've got you covered. Whether it's swapping your road bike for a fat bike, or running straight through winter, we've got the apparel to get you through the cold. Here's our list of the 8 best winter running jackets. Best Overall Winter Running Jacket: R1 Full-Zip

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

Top 10 Jackets to Wear to Igloofest

Only in Montreal could you find an EDM festival held during the coldest month of the year. Here, we really know what it's like to party at -15°C. And we know how to stay warm while showing off our carefully-selected retro/space-age look that'll stand out in the crowd. So without further ado, here's our top 10 list of ultra colourful jackets to wear to Igloofest 2020. That Retro Look... 1. 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket & Vest by The North Face  1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket Women Shop 1996 Retro Nuptse Vest Men Shop No surprise here. This re-issue of the classic

Choosing the Best Snowshoes: Reviews & Guide

With all the snow we've had in winter 2020, the conditions are ideal to strap on your snowshoes and head out on an adventure. For beginners, finding the best snowshoes among all those available on the market can be a little daunting. Especially since the models offered nowadays are more specialized. You can leave the huge wooden babiche classics behind. Snowshoes have greatly evolved from a technical standpoint and are specialized according to specific types of activities. For the uninitiated, the choice can be overwhelming. Our snowshoe guide rounds up our best snowshoes by activity and explains what to keep

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

La Canadienne: Warm and Stylish Boots for Montreal Winters

Born in Montreal, Canada's fashion capital, La Canadienne pays tribute to its origins with its range of stylish winter boots. Elegant, sophisticated and most importantly warm, their selection has enough to please every woman's taste. Discover some of our favourite boots to get you through winter in style. Elegant High Boots Nothing compliments a dress, a skirt or a long wool coat than a pair of suede or leather high boots. Perfect for a winter's night out in the city, the Susan Boots are made from high-quality, waterproof Italian leather. The Helen Boot brings luxury isolation with its soft Shearling

A Winter Weekend with my Cabin Essentials

The winter weekend cabin getaway—nothing quite like it to kick back and relax in total isolation (despite the neighbours). Getting away from the city, breathing in fresh air, reading by the fireplace...I can't imagine winter without at least a week at the cabin. Or without my cabin essentials. It's also a golden opportunity to get out and do some winter activities. All it takes is a snowman and a crazy carpet to turn you into a kid again. And proper winter clothes like boots, mitts, jackets, pants and the rest let you take full advantage. It's fun outdoors—but equally fun

Made For Missions: The BLACKYAK Watusi Expedition Suit

There are 14 peaks in the world that rise above 8000 m. Atop these mountains, you're likely to face some of the deadliest conditions known to man. Temperatures dropping below -30°C are not uncommon and frostbite can occur in an instant. Strong winds have been known to knock climbers over the edge, and avalanches have buried climbers alive. Besides surviving the elements it takes grit and determination. It takes months of physical and mental preparation. It takes a team of Sherpas to map out the ascent and ensure a safe descent. It takes oxygen tanks, food, climbing equipment and a

Best Snowshoe Boots 2020

Have you decided that this winter is the perfect year for you to snowshoe? Good idea! Accessible and enjoyable, the activity is gaining a lot of popularity, with more and more people trying it every day. Snowshoe trails abound and models are evolving more and more, to the delight of users. Once you get your hands on the right snowshoe model, you'll need a pair of boots - or the best snowshoe boots for your needs. Some common questions are what are the best snowshoe boots to wear with snowshoes? What boots do I need for mild weather snowshoeing? What

In The Mountains With Rab: Technical Clothing For Extreme Conditions

Buenos Aires, 1973. Rab Carrington, the Scottish climber and mountaineer is preparing to head out for the mountains of Patagonia when he finds out that his equipment got lost in transit. Knowing that he couldn’t venture into the great outdoors without his gear, he learned how to make his own sleeping bags. Rab was born out of necessity and has gone on to revolutionize the outdoor industry.  From state-of-the-art sleeping bags to coats and base layers for rock climbing, Rab specializes in trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment. Inspired by the mountains and tested in extreme conditions, Rab is made

Kamik Kids Winter Boots Review

So we are in-between seasons here in Canada and are kicking it with our Kamik kids winter boots and a pair for mom (that's me). With a 4-year old in tow you tend to fly by the seat of your pants and have to take things as they come, ready or not. It’s a must to have boots that are easy to slip on and warm enough for our day-to-day adventures. These Kamik winter boots are top-notch with the extra-wide opening for easy access, giving my boy Kade even more independence (since 4-year olds “can do everything themselves”). Kade -

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