Top 11 Winter Jackets for Women

Text by: Altitude Sports Editorial Team

Arc’teryx, Canada Goose, Mackage, Norrona, Patagonia, Peak Performance, Quartz Co., The North Face, Woolrich John Rich & Bros. Top 11 Winter Jackets for Women

Wintertime is a chance to unlock your inner winter fashion diva and flaunt your style on the mountain, in the city, and at the local iced-over pond. Wherever you go this winter, you want to be warm and have a reliable winter coat to explore in the snow.

Whether you spend your winters on the mountain or in the city, half of the shopping check-list is finding a winter coat that keeps you warm and makes you look damn good! There are plenty of great looking jackets and it’s hard to choose—but who says you can’t own more than just one?

You can have a technical winter jacket for shredding the slopes all day, a warm mid-layer to hit the aprés (if the weather is appropriate), and a chic winter parka for nights on the town.

Top 5 Ski & Snowboard Jackets

These jackets are for those who count down the hours to opening day, scouting new lines and waiting until you can enjoy fresh pockets of powder. With a schedule where you’re on the hill nearly from sunrise to sundown, you need a winter jacket that performs. Something that will keep you heated and the cold elements out, so you can optimize your day on the slopes.

Here Are My Favourites

1. The North Face Brigandine FUTURELIGHT Jacket

This technical, waterproof jacket with a hyper-articulated fit built around skiing and riding, features a fixed helmet-compatible hood for superior protection in rougher conditions. It is designed with specific materials to eliminate bulk and create a lightweight jacket that is strong and durable enough for your gnarliest winter adventures.

FUTURELIGHT is the world’s most-advanced breathable-waterproof technology, making this shell jacket extremely light, breathable, and durable for all your alpine pursuits. 

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2. Norrøna røldal Gore-Tex insulated Parka

Freeride meets urban with the røldal Gore-Tex Parka. This ultra-warm ski jacket is slightly more technical and breathable than other Norrøna jackets in the røldal collection.

Shred the hill all day with ease and comfort with the arm-pit ventilation, practical pockets, and water-resistant zippers. You’ll be protected from all the mountain elements thanks to the 3-layer Gore-Tex membrane and stormhood—so go get wild on the slopes!


3. Arc’teryx Shashka Jacket

If you’re looking for a lightweight, Gore-Tex shell for your backcountry adventures, look no further than the Shashka Jacket. Equipped with a StormHood and Gore-Tex Pro protection, you will be dry and comfortable no matter how wet the conditions are. Shred the deepest pow comfortably with the women’s specific design, which allows freedom of movement so you can have the raddest experience.


4. Patagonia Untracked Jacket

The Untracked Jacket is your go-to if you are looking for a tough and durable yet supple winter jacket this season. Stay protected from the rain, slush and snow with the Gore-Tex fabric and additional DWR finish. A concealed RECCO reflector is among one of the many technical features making this jacket ideal for backcountry exploring too. Head out and make fresh tracks in the Untracked Jacket this winter season.


5. Peak Performance Gravity Padded Jacket

My favourite part of the Heli Gravity Jacket is the colours; I love the blues. Other than that, this jacket is also packed with great technical features! Constructed from 3-layer Gore-Tex fabric, this jacket will keep you dry and protected against wind, water and other wintery conditions you may encounter in the mountains. The coat is particularly breathable so you don’t have to worry about feeling clammy and damp while you’re out exploring. If you’re a freeskier wearing nothing but the best, the Heli Gravity jacket is sure to please you.


Top 4 Urban Winter Jackets

When you’re a fashionista living in the big city, you can’t have a big bulky parka sabotaging your fabulous style and you also can’t compromise warmth for style. Not to worry! There are plenty of beautiful winter parkas that are both fashionable and warm so you get the best of both worlds. Whether you’re looking for a versatile winter parka that can get you to and from work during the week or a winter coat that will keep you warm at the ice rink or in the forest at the cottage on the weekends, there’s a style for everyone.

Here Are My Favourites

1. Quartz Co. Laurentia Down Parka – Coyote Fur

The Laurentia Jacket is a stylish winter coat that will keep you warm while looking chic and feminine in the coldest winter temperatures. Aesthetically pleasing features such as the fishtail at the back, the buttoned front closure and a drawstring at the waist and the hem make this jacket a favourite for the urban fashionista. Stay warm this winter in the Canada-made down-insulated parka from a brand that knows Canadian winters!


2. Canada Goose Shelburne Parka – Black Label

Insulated with 625 fill power white duck down, the Shelburne parka keeps you warm and cozy without compromising your inner fashionista. The coyote fur hood trim is removable should you not wish to have it. With the length coming in around thigh height, you’ll feel as-snug-as-a-bug-in-a-rug while you’re battling the frigid winter temperatures. This year Canada goose has designed the Shelburne parka along with a few other models, as part of their Black Label collection so see for yourself the new Canada Goose logo on the sleeve in all black.

3. Woolrich Military Parka

A military-style parka with a high collar and fur trim, the Military Parka is the perfect fashion piece to top any outfit and stay warm this winter. The extra-large pockets on the front make for convenient and easy easy-access to items such as a cellphone or wallet and the down insulation will keep you more than warm when you’re battling the winter weather. Stay warm and fashionable in the Military Parka this winter season.

4. Arc’teryx Patera Parka

European Goose down and Coreloft™ insulation meets GORE-TEX® waterproofing in this winter parka masterpiece. The Patera Parka is the perfect winter coat for those ladies looking for an elegant winter coat that can withstand wet, city winters. You’ll be warm and dry all winter long in this sophisticated and technically advanced jacket which boasts multiple technical features. Seal in your body heat with the internal draft collar, the shaped cuffs and the wrist gaskets so you can spend more time enjoying the outdoors. Say goodbye to winter chills and hello to warm, dry comfort in the Patera Parka.


Top 2 Insulating Jackets

Whether you’re looking for a warm mid-layer to pair with your shell or you’re looking for a warm jacket to throw on when you head to aprés after you’ve got your boots off, an insulating jacket is ideal! Down or synthetic, they’re both awesome and they’ll keep you warm when the winter winds blow.

Here Are My Favourites

1. Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody

Lightweight and windproof, the Down Sweater Hoody is an eco-friendly choice! Patagonia uses 100% Traceable Down in their products so you can be sure that the down inside your coat has come from a humane source. The outer layer is made of a water-resistant shell fabric that is treated with a DWR finish so you don’t have to run for cover when the rains come or that falling snow turns slushy. When you’re out on the hill and it’s too warm for a mid-layer, the Down Sweater Hoody packs up into its zippered chest pocket which doubles as a stuff sack. Eco-friendly, convenient and warm, what’s not to love about the Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody?

2. Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody

This insulated mid-layer has a wind and moisture resistant outer shell allowing you to play outside even when the skies aren’t clear and sunny. The Atom LT Hoody is extremely breathable and promotes mobility thanks to the Polartec Power Stretch with Hardface Technology used in crucial parts like under the arms and the sides. Coreloft insulation is used in the torso, arms, and hood so your body stays warm and well insulated. Designed for activities, the Atom LT Hoody is the go-to for a light and breathable insulation piece for your wildest adventures!


Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

Winter doesn’t have to be a dreadful, cold season. With a proper winter coat that you love, you can be warm and stylish this winter! Who knows, if it’s not already, it could become your favourite time of year.

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