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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.


The Best Places to go Cross-Country Skiing in Ottawa

The Best Places to go Cross-Country Skiing in Ottawa

No need to go off the beaten path to discover snowy landscapes and trails that cut through the woods. The Ottawa and Gatineau regions are full of places to...

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Cabin Essentials for a Winter Weekend Getaway

A weekend out in the woods at the cottage is 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 hibernating inside. For those so inclined (like yours truly), I've put together a list of my essentials for a cozy cabin life. Cozy Nest Essentials The first thing to do once at the cabin is to settle in. Unpack the

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

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

BLACKYAK—Himalayas on the Mind

Yaks, powerful beasts that survived the ice age, roam the Himalayas, surviving and thriving in otherwise uninhabitable conditions. The people and mountaineers of the region have long benefitted from yaks for transportation, wool, milk and meat. With the animal as its talisman, the outdoor company BLACKYAK emerged from South Korea – one of the largest outdoor sports markets in the world – with an eye firmly on the loftiest peaks on the globe. And like the yak, they aim to make ascents easier for those who dare. Shop BLACKYAK Bakosi Jacket Men Shop now Niata Jacket Women Shop now Tae

On the Mountains with Mammut: Alpine Performance Signed By Swiss Craftsmanship

We landed in Zurich on a beautifully warm Sunday morning in mid-April—a stark contrast from the almost winter-like weather we left behind in Montreal. We were greeted inside the hyper-modern airport terminal by Kris and Mark, Mammut representatives doubling as our tour guides for the next 6-days of adventure throughout Switzerland. Our journey had the goal of learning the ins-and-outs of their brand. We’d travel across the Alps to the Mammut headquarters in Seon, and up some of the most iconic ski slopes in Europe.  During our stroll through the quiet, modern city of Zurich, Kris mentioned that, “Sundays were

The Sorel Caribou Boot Review

Sorel Caribou Boots—The Rundown Whether it’s Arctic cold, drifting snow, treacherous ice or deep slushy puddles, the Sorel Caribou is up to the challenge. Simply put, these boots just make winter weather irrelevant to the comfort of your feet. Sorel Caribou Highest Rated Styles Sorel Caribou Waterproof Boots Women Shop now Sorel Caribou Winter Boots Men Shop now Sorel Caribou Pros and Cons 9.5 / 10 The pros are: Warm Waterproof High shaft keeps out snow The cons are: Wide footbed Limited arch support On the heavy side Wool-Lined Sorel Caribou Boots Sorel Caribou Wool-Lined Boots Women Shop now Sorel Caribou

Techwear Guide To Winter In The City

Techwear is all about functionality. It applies the principles of technical wear to the style of streetwear. These sleek and modern designs are made to hold up against the elements while giving you the ability to move freely through the city. In the past decade, outerwear companies have been taking their technical expertise and applying them to urban styles. Depending on where you live, the requirements of your techwear gear may differ. For those who live in the city and want functional urban designs that keep them warm and protected when the snow starts to fall, here’s our guide to

Reviewing Smartwool’s New Base Layers For Winter 2019

Fall is here and that means ski season is just around the corner. It’s time to start planning your first snowy adventure and to make sure you have all the gear you need to survive the cold. The last thing you want is to have a bad time because you don’t have the proper equipment.  But what do you really need? There are a lot of options out there and sometimes it can be difficult to choose which product is best, especially when it comes to choosing something with next-to-skin comfort. Luckily Smartwool has us covered. Let's Talk Fabrics You’ve

City, Meet the Outdoors: Introducing the Altitude Sports X Quartz Co. Elsa Women’s Parka

Introducing the Elsa Parka, a made-in-Canada collaboration by Quartz Co. & Altitude Sports, two Montreal-based brands with significant winter outerwear expertise. This women’s parka is our fifth collaboration with Quartz Co.—but this edition is a true co-design that began with a blank slate. Quartz Co. tailored a progressive cut perfect for the lifestyle of their urban clientele. We drew on our experience as purveyors of technical winter clothing, providing detailed input into the overall design, materials, and features. After months of back-and-forth, an all-new exclusive design was created—fusing technical outdoor details to a progressive urban silhouette with inspiration drawn from

The Best Ways to Winter Layer with Icebreaker Merino Wool

When you’re about to embark on a mid-winter adventure, you already know that a merino wool base layer is essential. Over that, you’re likely to choose down or a synthetic-filled insulator for winter sports like skiing, snowshoeing and backcountry trekking. But what about merino wool insulators and mid-layers? Or outer jackets that use this wonderful fiber as their primary insulation? We’re going to tackle the ins-and-outs of effective layering using Icebreaker’s collection of premium merino products. Shop Icebreaker So, what is merino wool? Icebreaker’s merino wool is derived from one of the world’s most ancient breed of sheep that roam

Most Popular Winter Boots for Big & Little Kids in 2020

Winter is coming and we have to start thinking about the equipment we need to get for our little ones. One of the most important parts of a winter outfit is the boots. They need to be able to keep their feet dry and warm when the snow starts to fall. They have to be solid and durable to play outside, waterproof to resist puddles, good for the city, and easy enough to put on and remove. Knowing what to look for in a good winter boot is key, and once you've done that, you can check out our most

What Are The Best Cold Weather Socks?

Every year around this time, I ask myself “What are the best cold weather socks?” In our defence against the cold, a bad pair of socks can often be the chink in our armour.  Here I take a look at the best socks for your winter activities.  Best Ski Socks I once wore the wrong socks for a mid-winter backcountry ski trip. And I mean once! Trying to stay warm and ignore the cold ruined my whole trip. As soon as I got back to town I bought a proper pair of ski socks.  The Icebreaker Ski+ Light socks are

Dog Sledding in Nunavut

Canada is a Northern country.  Many may not realize this since most of us live along the Southern edge of the nation, but the geographical center of Canada is near Baker Lake, roughly two hours West of Iqaluit.  There’s a whole lot of Arctic in Canada during the winter. My guilty secret is that despite spending a lot of time in the Arctic in other countries, I’d never been to the Northern part of Canada.  I can point to a few reasons for this, mainly that it’s expensive to travel up North in Canada, and getting around is difficult, but

Ice-fishing on Cumberland Sound

When I was in Nunavut in April 2019 on a project for Destination Nunavut I had an opportunity to go fishing for turbot out on Cumberland Sound, near Pangnirtung and just below the entrance to Auyuittuq National Park.  Spring has definitely started to arrive in Nunavut.  The days are long, and the sun is bright.  The temperatures, however, are still well below freezing and the ice on Cumberland Sound, a body of water more than a thousand feet deep in places, is still plenty thick for ice fishing. I arrived in the town of Pangnirtung via charter plane from Iqaluit. 

Manitobah Mukluks: Where Style meets Tradition

When something works you don’t mess with it. Update it, sure, but keep true to what makes it a success. Manitobah Mukluks figured out how to keep feet warm in snowy, cold weather by looking back at traditions and techniques from the First Nations peoples of Canada. The demand for this warm, innovative footwear, plus a forward-looking social ethos means a booming company that is a true Canadian success story. Sean McCormick, a Métis from northern Manitoba, launched a venture in 2007 replicating the mukluks he wore as a child. The concept behind Manitobah Mukluks was simple: leverage the sknow-how

BOGS Women’s Snowday Tall Insulated Boots Reviewed

Canadian winters have never been kind to my feet.  Managing snow, rain, ice and keeping warm is has been a continual struggle for me.  As a photographer in a small ski town, I find myself hiking through snowbanks to get the perfect shot, needing solid footing and grip to walk my puppy, and above all be a cozy retreat for my toes after long days skiing.  I promised myself I would never spend another winter switching from rubber boots, to mukluks, to riding boots and back again. When my new Bogs Snowday Tall Insulated Boots arrived, I knew I could

Adventures in Iceland with Smartwool

“Weather isn’t rocket science, it’s way harder than rocket science” - Robert (our ski guide) Let’s start at the end: Iceland changed my life. I was brought to the land of ice by Smartwool Canada to learn about their Fall-Winter product line. What better place than Iceland to discover and test Smartwool’s merino wool products? A country of extreme weather, extreme emotion, and extreme fun. These three subjects kept popping up on our journey to find the best spring ski lines in the north of the country. The Tröllaskagi Peninsula in mid-April offered an ideal setting to try out Smartwool

Black Diamond: Your Glove & Mitten Specialists

For those who are not familiar with Black Diamond, it is a brand devoted to climbing and skiing with a passion that is showcased in each individual products. From their apparel and accessories to their gear and equipment, Black Diamond products are designed for life on rock, ice and snow. While climbing and skiing are their expertise, Black Diamond is also an expert when it comes to gloves. Whether you're a climber or a skier, their extensive glove collection offers a variety of styles and features sure to meet the needs of individuals in search of technical gear. Shop Black Diamond A post

Burton Youth Collection: Winterwear for Kid’s They’re Sure to Love

With winter just around the corner, it's time to trade in the swimsuits and sunhats for snowsuits and toques. When it comes to fun in the snow, Burton knows that it's better when the entire family can join so check out their wide variety of winter products for the little shredders in your family. Shop Burton Youth Collection Girl's Echo Jacket Shop Boy's Uproar Jacket Shop Skylar Bib Pant Shop Spark Anorak Shop Discovering the Burton Youth Collection From lapping your local resort to simply frolicking in the snow creating an army of snowmen, the Burton youth collection is sure to keep

With Vibram Arctic Grip™ Soles, You’ll Never Slip on Ice Again

If you're a Montrealer or you come from any other city with extreme winters, you may be familiar with the penguin shuffle; an ingenious technique used by the penguins to travel along icy terrain with minimal, slippery disasters. This effective technique works well but may extend your commute time so unless you've got all the time in the world, it may not be all that practical. It's safe to say there are many who dread the slippery commute to class or work along the icy sidewalks. Some of us will dream of impeccable sole traction as we slide along trying

How to Prepare for a Long Winter Hike

Here's to the adventurers that don't let cold weather and the change of the seasons keep them inside and away from exploring the great outdoors. Unless it is pouring down with rain like a monsoon or snowing sideways that they cannot even see their own hand right in front of their face, they're out there. Whether it be winter camping in -40°C, ice-climbing on a frozen waterfall or playing in rapids in a river kayak while the rain falls, these people are equipped and keen for adventures no matter what the weather is (to an extent obviously) and you can

What is Polartec® Alpha® Insulation?

Adequate insulation is a must when it comes to keeping warm in both urban and wild environments and with the approaching winter months, there's no better time than now to outfit your wardrobe with insulated gear. While down and synthetic are the most common forms of insulation for coats and parkas, other insulations such as milkweed, fleece and even wool are also excellent options that provide a series of benefits of their own. Another for of insulation that is newer on the market but equally as efficient is Polartec® Alpha® insulation. Found in a variety of products from different brands,