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Keeping warm in a big winter jacket can feel like a chore. They can be heavy, and many winter jackets completely forgo fashion for warmth and weatherproofing. But this doesn’t have to be the case: the best winter jackets are capable in any weather and stylish enough to make you look forward to chilly days.
The term ‘winter jacket’ is a catch-all, as the best winter jackets can include everything from parkas to trench coats to down jackets. Parkas are perhaps the most popular option, as they offer the best protection in extreme cold. But, if you’re not in sub-freezing temperatures, a good down jacket or trench coat can be layered to get you through the winter, and worn solo during transitional months.
There’s a lot to choose from, but here’s the best part: the best winter jackets are investment-worthy pieces that you’ll likely appreciate for years to come. For this reason, we often go with nice winter jackets, even if it means stretching our budget a bit.
How to Choose the Best Winter Jacket
Shopping for winter jackets requires a bit more consideration than most clothing. While looking for your new coat, here are a few things to think about.
Style: If you commute to an urban office, maybe opt for a pulled-together trench coat. If you run errands in extreme weather, pick up a thick parka. We’ve rounded up winter jackets for most activities, but think about your personal look and lifestyle before making a purchase.
Weight: Outerwear doesn’t have to be cumbersome to be warm. Some of the best winter jackets are very lightweight, making things easier when walking around indoors or packing for a trip. Unless you like the heavy, cozy feel of a big coat, look for a lightweight jacket.
Warmth: Warmer isn’t always better. Choose a jacket that reflects your area’s climate (no parkas, Angelenos). If you need serious warmth, look for jackets with ample insulation (down insulation with a high fill rating is best).
What Are the Best Winter Jackets?
No matter your daily routine or typical winter weather, there’s a great coat to match. Here are some of the best winter jackets to buy online right now, including picks from brands like The North Face, Nike and Burberry.
1. Canada Goose Emory Parka
Canada Goose is often considered the gold standard of winterwear, and for good reason. This Emory parka, for example, delivers both top-notch warmth and civilian wearability — a combination you don’t see too often. It can endure temperatures as cold as -13° Fahrenheit thanks to premium 625-fill down insulation and a weatherproof DWR-treated cotton shell. But, despite this rugged capability, the Emory’s slim cut and high-quality materials make it stylish enough for urban usage — even over a suit.
2. The North Face McMurdo Parka
Another great parka is this McMurdo from The North Face. It brings a nineties aesthetic that we’re loving right now with color-blocked shoulders and forearms, a North Face logo on the chest, and muted colorways. But, as expected from The North Face, it’s also seriously warm. Inside a weatherproof outer layer of DryVent membrane and recycled nylon, you’ll find lightweight yet effective 600-fill recycled down. It also features a removable vegan fur trim on the hood and plenty of pockets.
3. Barbour Quilted Jacket
A UK brand with over 100 years of outerwear expertise, Barbour nails grown-up style. We like this quilted jacket for anyone with slightly warmer winters. Boasting a slim silhouette, the jacket is warmer than it looks thanks to the quilting technique, and it can be layered over tees, sweaters or suits. Plus, unlike most winter jackets, this one can be thrown in the wash.
4. Nike Therma-FIT Repel Puffer Jacket
One of the best lightweight winter jackets right now is this Nike Therma-FIT puffer. The exterior is a water-repellent ripstop nylon, and the inside is a warm duck down fill. These pieces come together for an athletic look, but it’s not all bark: the jacket is actually great for running, hiking or outdoor workouts in cold weather. Alternatively, you can wear it casually with sweats or cargo pants while grocery shopping on cold nights.
5. Eddie Bauer Men’s Superior Down Parka
For extreme cold, this Eddie Bauer Superior parka is your best bet. Promising protection in temperatures as low as -40° Fahrenheit, the jacket boasts 650-fill down insulation, a sturdy, water-resistant nylon shell, and a removable vegan fur ruff. Surprisingly, even with all this warmth, the jacket is very lightweight at just 2.36 pounds. Although it could be worn in the city, we highly recommend the Superior parka to hikers, backpackers, and skiers.
6. L.L.Bean Wool Peacoat
We love technical parkas and down jackets, but there’s something so cool about a classic wool peacoat like this one from L.L. Bean. It’s made of 100% Italian wool (with a polyester lining), meaning the jacket is naturally water-resistant and extremely warm — even when soaking wet. We also like that L.L. Bean stuck with the classic peacoat look — anchor buttons and all — for a timeless style. Wear it casually with slim-fit jeans, a tee, and boots, or dress it up over a nice sweater and slacks.
7. Moncler Black Tocquet Down Jacket
This Tocquet down jacket from Moncler is something you might see on a style-savvy Silicon Valley executive. It’s extremely luxurious with lambskin paneling on the shoulders, down-filled, quilted nylon, and the recognizable Moncler logo patch on the shoulder. But this luxuriousness is subdued: it’ll catch some approving looks, but it’s not over-the-top. Plus, unlike some designer outerwear, you can wear the Tocquet jacket with everything from sweats to slacks.
8. Burberry The Mid-Length Chelsea Heritage Trench Coat
Arguably the most iconic coat of them all, Burberry’s famous trenches may not be as warm as some of the other top winter jacket picks on our list, but it’s ideal for winter in warmer climates. We like this one, the Chelsea, because it delivers the classic Burberry trench look with a mid-length cut. This shorter length is more versatile and easier to wear (say, while driving or sitting). The Chelsea trench looks right at home over a power suit, but we think it looks great dressed down too; try it with sweats, grail-worthy sneakers and a baseball hat for a bold, streetwear-inspired look. Yes, it’s pricey, but customers often wear these for years, if not decades.