Best Jacket For Winter
When the coldest winter months arrive, it’s time to wear a serious jacket. Our picks for the best winter jackets of 2022-2023 are among the warmest on the market – they’re filled with down padding (and sometimes synthetic materials) to withstand freezing temperatures and gusty winds. They cover all bases, from casual pieces designed for use around town to performance options built for remote areas. Some follow the rules well and are perfectly capable of handling double duty.
The North Face McMurdo Down Parka
Two words for you – super warm. I love that this North Face jacket keeps the wind and cold out, and protects against inclement weather when winter comes. If you’re looking for the warmest jacket that still retains an element of style, this is the one for you!
Well made (it is North Face, after all, one of the best jacket brands), it’s top quality if you have to be outside for an hour or so, and it will keep you warm in sub-zero conditions. I’m talking about the kind of jacket that will easily keep you comfortable even at -20 degrees Celsius; in fact, it’s best suited for sub-zero temperatures. This is probably the warmest winter jacket I have ever experienced and one of the best high-end winter jackets out there.
You also have the option of tightening the waist and tightening the wrists to keep the wind out. Then, when you wear this jacket in the car, you won’t be completely sweltering because it has plenty of ventilation.
One of my favorite things about this jacket is the look – a clean cut, but not too practical. This one is cool; I would say there are more winters in New York than there are in Everest. The faux fur hood is trimmed at the top in classic North Face pike coat style, making it a super versatile winter jacket.
Patagonia Frozen Range
The Patagonia Frozen Range excels in every aspect of what a winter jacket needs to be, setting itself apart from the competition and earning our approval as the best winter jacket on the market. It has plenty of warmth thanks to plenty of quality down insulation, the weather resistance of a Gore-Tex shell, and a comfortable fit. It can take whatever winter throws at it and is durable enough to handle the rigors of winter after winter. When the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, there’s no jacket we’d rather wear.
The standout style of this jacket isn’t for everyone, but most of our testers thought it looked good. And, since the price is so high, many users would opt for a cheaper jacket. However, if you want to stand out from the crowd and are willing to spend a lot of money to do so, then this jacket will perform as well as it looks, and you will get what you pay for.
lululemon Another Mile Jacket
Let’s start by saying that yes, it’s definitely too cold for you to safely go running. But for the pro runner who really wants to get out in mid-February, this lululemon Another Mile Jacket will help keep you warm and dry even when you’re close to 10° F. The shell is waterproof and the PrimaLoft insulation will continue to keep you warm even when it’s wet. It also comes with an extra fleece dickie pulled into the collar to provide extra warmth on really cold days, but it can be removed once spring starts to creep in. We also appreciate the reflective detailing, which helps identify you as a runner on the road, as you’re more likely to be running in the dark during the shorter days of winter.
Montane Icarus Jacket
The Montane Icarus Jacket is very popular with hikers and climbers because it is very warm, small and durable. This jacket is made with PrimaLoft ThermoPlume insulation for an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. The Pertex Quantum ECO outer fabric is windproof, quick-drying and waterproof. The lining is made of PEAQ synthetic fabric that provides excellent breathability and extremely fast drying. The Montane Icarus jacket also features two large welt pockets, a large zippered chest pocket, elastic cuffs and an adjustable hem. The hood is fully adjustable and helmet compatible. The Montane Icarus jacket is a great choice for hikers, climbers, backpackers and all other outdoor enthusiasts. It comes in four different models: the Icarus, Icarus Stretch, Icarus Lite and Icarus Micro. The Stretch model has stretchy fleece fabric on the sides, while the Lite model weighs only 15 ounces.
Perfect Moment Women’s 2 Layer Sub-Peak Jacket
Perfect Moment is known for its high-quality skiwear, ensuring that its designs work in snow, rain and dry conditions. This jacket offers two layers of insulation, four-way stretch and 3D mesh shoulder protection, all in a high-tech approach to dressing for the elements. Other features include an internal balaclava hood, cuffs, goggle pockets and an adjustable hood for extra warmth and protection. This jacket doesn’t have to be reserved just for ski lifts, either. Its many high-tech features will also prove powerful on the street.
How to choose the best winter jacket
Buying a winter jacket requires more consideration than most garments. Consider the following points when looking for your winter jacket.
Style: We’ve gathered winter jackets that are suitable for most activities, but consider your personal dress and lifestyle before you buy.
Weight: Outerwear doesn’t have to be bulky to keep you warm. Some of the best winter jackets are very lightweight, making it easier to walk around indoors or pack for a trip. Unless you like the feel of a heavy, comfortable coat, look for a lightweight jacket.
Warmth: Warmth isn’t always better. Choose a jacket that reflects the climate in your area. If you need warmth badly, look for a jacket with plenty of insulation (preferably a down jacket with a high fill rate).