Best Winter Jackets for Men of 2021

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Looking for a jacket in the winter of 2021. We bought 15 of the best jackets for a side-by-side comparison after testing almost 50 coats over the last seven years. Our testing crew braved every form of precipitation, from freezing rain to dumping snow, during their months of hunkering down in below-freezing temperatures. We’ve identified which models will keep you warm, the driest, and the best coats around town, using our carefully selected performance metrics. We have the best models with the fanciest features or the cheapest option

Product ratings

Arc'teryx Camosun Parka

Arc'teryx Thorsen Parka

Patagonia Frozen Range

The North Face McMurdo Down Parka

Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka

Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award

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The best of the bunch

Arc’teryx Camosun Parka is a parka

Arc'teryx Camosun Parka

Editors' Choice Award



  • Warm
    7
  • The weather resistance is related to the weather
    9
  • It is comfort
    8
  • Style
    10
  • There are features
    6
  • Durability
    10

The Arc’teryx Camosun Parka is a parka We beat out the competition yet again to win the top honor. This model can keep you protected from a wide range of weather conditions. Our testers liked its stylish looks for chilly jaunts around town and were prepared for the harsh weather conditions that might come. Arc’teryx stuffs this jacket full of goose down in areas where warmth is important. Synthetic insulation is placed where sweat and precipitation are expected, like the hood, neck, shoulders, and cuffs. It isn’t the warmest jacket we’ve tested, but it’s still the most reliable, making it the jacket we reached for the most

The The sun is camosun It’s probably the biggest downside, because it’s an expensive piece of equipment. This model could be outmatched in the absolute cold. If money is not an object, check out Canada goose expedition Or something else Friends of Parka

The best price for the buck

The co-op Stormhenge Down is hybrid Parka

REI Co-op Stormhenge Down Hybrid Parka

Best Buy Award



  • Warm
    7
  • The weather resistance is related to the weather
    8
  • It is comfort
    7
  • Style
    6
  • There are features
    7
  • Durability
    7

The The co-op Stormhenge Down is hybrid Parka The features and protection of a much more expensive jacket are provided by this coat. It is packed with high-quality down insulation that helps the jacket to puff up to an impressive loft, providing plenty of warmth for most winter days. It has a waterproof outer shell, a protective hood, and stretchy wrist gaiters that seal out the elements. It has a lot of pockets to be useful

The Stormhenge’s The style is simple and has limited color options. The jacket’s comfort is taken away by the bulky cut. This jacket is a great one that lacks the refinements of the highest-quality jackets on the market. If you want a high- performance jacket at a reasonable price, this is the jacket for you, even if you need the warmest jacket available

Excellent value for inflexible conditions

The North Face is located in Parka

The North Face McMurdo Down Parka

Best Buy Award



  • Warm
    9
  • The weather resistance is related to the weather
    6
  • It is comfort
    7
  • Style
    8
  • There are features
    8
  • Durability
    9

The North Face is located in Parka It is a great option for budget-conscious users in cold climates that need a jacket to keep them warm and dry in the most severe winter weather. It has a long hem and roomy fit, and comes with a faux-fur hood liner that seals the hood and face. It is waterproof, has tons of pockets, and is stylish

The fabrics are used in construction McMurdo is a man Compared to the other things, are a little stiff Canada goose expeditionIt would be expected on a budget piece of equipment. . The McMurdo is warmer than many jackets in our review, but it is not as insulation-rich Friends of Parka. This is what you would expect at a budget price point. We recommend the McMurdo Down Parka for the bitter cold

It’s best for extreme cold

Canada goose expedition parka

Canada Goose Expedition Parka

Top Pick Award



  • Warm
    10
  • The weather resistance is related to the weather
    7
  • It is comfort
    4
  • Style
    4
  • There are features
    10
  • Durability
    10

It’s not a bad idea to have a winter jacket that protects you from sub-freezing temperatures for people living in extreme latitudes or high altitudes. Enter Canada goose expedition parka. The model is the epitome of warmth, with an abundance of features. The parka is designed for the cold weather and has applications in the polar regions. On that note? There is a special edition of the polar bears. The version with the polar bear patch on the shoulder is a slightly higher price than the one without it. The proceeds from the sales go to the mission to save polar bears

The main drawbacks Canada goose expedition The price is weight, bulk and price. This jacket is large. The quality and performance are excellent, but it comes at a cost. Only those exposed to the bitter cold should accept the drawbacks of this jacket. The Expedition Parka is a jacket that is warm and durable. It’s the gold standard for polar researchers and explorers

Best for expeditions

Friends down parka

Feathered Friends Khumbu Down Parka

Top Pick Award



  • Warm
    10
  • The weather resistance is related to the weather
    7
  • It is comfort
    6
  • Style
    3
  • There are features
    8
  • Durability
    6

The Friends of Parka The warmest jacket in our review has the highest warmth-to-weight ratio. It is only 2.11 pounds, yet it provides more warmth than any other jacket Canada goose expedition parka
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This jacket is not appropriate for all but the most extreme conditions. We wore this parka on all of our mountaineering trips and found it to be warm even with no other insulation. The jacket is designed for the cold and would be a good jacket for those living in the cold climates of the north. The Pertex Shield exterior fabric is not as water-resistant as other options, and will allow water to penetrate during a soaking rain. This jacket is not meant to be worn in the cold. It’s the best choice for the places where snow and ice rarely melt

It’s the best for active winter recreation

Rab Neutrino Pro is a professional wrestler

Rab Neutrino Pro

Top Pick Award



  • Warm
    8
  • The weather resistance is related to the weather
    6
  • It is comfort
    8
  • Style
    8
  • There are features
    5
  • Durability
    5

The Rab Neutrino Pro is a professional wrestler It is a parka that is lightweight and has good warmth. This is a great parka for anyone who enjoys winter activities like skiing and snowboarding, sledding, hunting, and ice fishing, or just chopping wood and shoveling the driveway. It is made from high-loft down insulation and has a hood and baffle patterns that fit the body’s shape. It is very comfortable to wear

The style of this puffy is also attractive to us. It feels right in many situations, from small towns to big cities. It has less pockets than other jackets, but the pockets are the same Does it? They are useful and well-located. During brutal winter storms, two drawstrings on the hem and two on the hood help seal out the elements. The shell material is thin enough to tear on any object or rough surface, and it isn’t as waterproof as other jackets on the market. If you spend a lot of time outside in the winter and need a jacket that can keep up with your active lifestyle, look no further. It is a reasonable price

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Why should you trust us?

A full-time Jackson, Wyoming resident leads the test team Jeff Dobronyi is a musician. He leads expeditions in the winter and leads expeditions in the summer in the mountains. He has traveled to the Alaskan mountains on four expeditions, as well as to the Canadian Rockies, the Andes, and the Himalayas. He knows what it takes to survive the worst weather on the planet, from climbing and skiing the biggest mountains around the world to shoveling the driveway during a snowstorm. He knows what he’s talking about, and he knows which jackets are real and which are not

We have tested winter jackets for nine years in a row and have refined our testing process and metrics to a high standard. We have used these jackets in Jackson Hole, where there was a snowstorm, and in New York City, where there was a cold blast. We have put these jackets through the wringer and come up with a good idea of how they compare

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Test results and analysis

We rated each jacket’s performance in the key areas of warmth, weather resistance, comfort, style, and features. The individual metrics that comprise the overall scores are detailed in this article

The value

Winter jackets are the most expensive piece of clothing that many users own. They are one of the most important pieces of clothing for users who live in cold climates and can make the difference between enjoying a beautiful winter day and being cold in the summer. The warmest jackets are the most expensive, but there are still good deals to be found. Make sure you don’t buy a jacket that is too warm, because it will be expensive

We love the value The co-op Stormhenge Down is hybrid Parka, It has a waterproof membrane and a lot of lofty down insulation. . It is well-constructed and durable for a variety of uses The North Face McMurdo III If you live in the cold climates, you will find it to be a great value, as it will perform nearly as well as the best jackets on the market, at a much lower price. The more expensive jackets are worth the investment if you really need warmth and weather resistance. The time, effort, and money that goes into the production of the finished product are what it takes to make it. The sticker price is higher because of this, but in the long run, a well-designed winter jacket made from durable materials will prove its worth. Users might be able to get away with less in more tropical areas

Warm

Warmth is the most important metric to rank each model. It shows how much insulation is used in a jacket. The warmer a jacket is, the more insulation it has. We looked at the insulation quality and quantity of each jacket and compared it to the jacket’s cut and length to see how the insulation is distributed. If two jackets have the same fill weight but one has a longer hem, they won’t feel the same. Comparative testing in actual conditions is the most useful measurement for warmth. We spent a lot of time outside side-by-side testing, exchanging jackets and comparing notes

The Arc’teryx Camosun is a sword The jacket is highly packable and features lofty down. The North Face McMurdo Down Parka has a fill power of over 500, and most of the down-insulated parkas feature below that. The low fill-power number should not deter shoppers. A casual winter parka doesn’t need to be as light or compressible as a technical jacket for overnight wilderness trips if you are heavy and lower quality down. On the other side of the spectrum, there is a different spectrum Friends of Parka 900 fill power is used for maximum warmth and packability

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The Canada goose expedition parka It has so much of it that it’s the warmest model reviewed. It’s also very heavy. Not far behind is the other Friends down parkaIt’s almost as warm and lighter than the Canada goose parka. The McMurdo Down Parka is a North Face product It is the best value for warmth in our test, with the price tag of a casual jacket, and it is almost as warm as an expedition parka

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The Jackson Glacier is from the Patagonia region And The parka is from the frozen range In the winter, we kept warm. The Arc’teryx Camosun Parka is a parka The falls are between the Jackson Glacier and the Frozen Range Parka. The warmth of the air was very nice Arc’teryx Parka, The hood has lots of 750 fill down from the bottom of the hem. . The The 3-in-1 is called Patagonia The most versatile in the warmth category was the one that offered a raincoat and sweater that were both light and warm. The power is 850-fill Rab Neutrino Pro is a professional wrestler It is very warm for its weight

The McMurdo packs tons of down insulation into this heavy piece...

Synthetic insulation jackets are not as warm as the down models. For example The Nuuk Parka is a Fjallraven It’s warm enough for the average cold in milder climates, but not warm enough for a real cold. Down insulated jackets provide more warmth

The weather resistance is related to the weather

Cold winter weather and storms can arrive at the same time. Winter jackets need to be able to keep the wind, snow, rain, and sleet out and also keep their insulation dry. Dry feathers don’t insulate as well as wet feathers. The size and shape of the jacket, as well as the pocket design, can contribute to how well a jacket keeps the elements out

If precipitation tends to fall as rain or wet snow, you should consider a jacket with a waterproof outer shell, like the Gore-Tex Arc’teryx Thorsen. The fabric sheds water faster and for longer than a DWR treatment alone. If a jacket has a waterproof fabric, you can be sure it is treated with DWR. The Arc’teryx Camosun is a sword, The range is frozen, The 3-in-1 is called Patagonia, Marmot Fordham, REI StormhengeAnd The North Face is located in Parka All of them have waterproof and breathable membranes. The McMurdo does not have taped seams like Arc’teryx jackets, which can allow water to get through, and thus, hurt the jacket’s rating

A large, comfortable and adjustable hood does a great job of keeping...

If you wear a jacket in the winter when it is cold and snow is not as wet, then you should get a DWR treatment Canada goose expedition parka And Jackson Glacier is from the Patagonia region It should offer protection. The jacket that works well in those conditions is the one that is called a jacket McMurdo Down Parka. It’s warm enough to excel in sub-freezing conditions, even though it’s not incredibly water-resistance. The limited weather protection isn’t a problem, as precipitation is rarely in liquid form at those temperatures. Staying warm and dry in sub-zero temperatures is a matter of life and death on technical expeditions Friends of Parka It has a lightweight waterproof shell to cover its high-quality down. The Rab Neutrino Pro is a professional wrestler It is designed for temperatures below freezing and doesn’t feature a highly water-resistant shell. The individual down feathers are treated with a waterproof agent Some Water can penetrate the jacket

The ski skirt on the Canada Goose Expedition Down Parka seems odd...

Hoods are important for weather protection. The hoods on the jackets in our review are large enough to cover the user’s face and forehead, but not large enough to block the wind and snow. Humans in cold climates have used fur around the hood to create a warm environment. Modern faux-fur hoods are very warm and keep the wind out of the face

The Patagonia Macro Puff Hoody is not designed to repel water, which...

It is comfort

A good winter parka has lots of insulation and weather-resistant materials that can be worn with ease in winter. Some jackets do better than others at making the user feel comfortable, and this is because all of this material can be restricting

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Comfortable knit cuffs keep snow out and your wrists warm.

There is a correlation between comfort and warmth. The warmest jackets are also the most confined. A larger package is made up of lots of insulation and an extended cut to keep the heat in. The package limits your range of motion, which can cause pain. The best warm jackets use smart designs that increase mobility without sacrificing warmth

The Arc'teryx Camosun is nearly a perfect day-to-day winter coat.

We love the feel of a fleece lining when it lines pockets and chin covers The North Face McMurdo Both parka and both Canada goose Products have fur or faux fur hood trim. It works as intended to hold in warmth, making you feel like you’re at home in front of the fire, even if you have a little tickling on your cheeks. The The range is frozen And The Stormhenge Parka is by REI The handwarmer pockets have a brushed jersey lining

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The Arc’teryx Thorsen The jacket is incredibly comfortable, despite the level of warmth and weather resistance that it provides, because of the soft nylon fabric on the inside that slides easily against any fabric worn underneath. The thick layers are on the other side The 3-in-1 is called Patagonia They are warm and protective, but they rub awkwardly against each other and are very heavy, making it hard to wear. The difference in comfort was amazing after weeks of testing

There are features

These jackets have cold-specific features. Hoods, multiple hand warmer pockets, two-way zippers, and cuff closures work together to protect you from cold environments

A hood is mandatory during storms, and it makes life a lot nicer, even though it is not a substitute for a warm hat. hoods would be highly adjusted to allow for a custom fit. The best hood in our test was found on the incredible Canada goose expedition parka. The hood is large and can be cinched down securely. The hood was mostly out of view because of the stiff brim. The hood is on The North Face is located in Parka It is warm and comfortable because it is roomy and fur-lined. The McMurdo’s hood is effective at keeping out the weather if you leave the fur liner on. The more sophisticated hoods Arc’teryx is a book And It’s called Patagonia jackets and other things Rab Neutrino Pro is a professional wrestlerThey are at the top of the pack

Patagonia Jackson Glacier has one of the best hoods in the review.

Most of the insulated handwarmer pockets have a fleece-like liner, which makes them an excellent place to keep hands or gloves warm. The Arc’teryx is a book jackets had the best hand warmers. The Friends of Parka And Rab Neutrino Pro is a professional wrestler Also have insulated handwarmer pockets that we like. Most of these include a wrap-around fleece lining. This means that your hand is protected while in the pocket and that there is no draft when the pocket is opened

The McMurdo has both chest mounted hand warmers, as used here, and...

The McMurdo Down Parka The chest-level pockets are placed further to the sides, slightly out of the normal range of comfortable motion, because there are no insulated handwarmer pockets. The jacket has seven pockets and is very worthy. We wish the jackets had a more sophisticated design, as they feature a single layer of fabric protecting the hands. The Canada goose Both models have uninsulated hand pockets

The need for a bottom zip pull is obvious in a parka. The extended length can stride and wearing a long coat while seated can be awkward. The The Nuuk is a Fjallraven The two-way zip on the coat doesn’t extend down to the bottom of the hem, which makes it hard to start. It’s very easy to operate once you get it going

The Fjallraven Nuuk's two-way zipper allows for better mobility in a...

A good winter parka needs something secure, but it can be simple elastic closures, a snap closure, or a velcro one. The cuffs prevent snow and wind from entering through the sleeves and interface with gloves to create a weather-proof system. The cuffs are open like those on the inside Arc’teryx Camosun is a sword, The range is frozenAnd The hybrid parka is by REI Combine fashion and function

The internal wrist gaiters on the REI Stormhenge Parka are very...

Internal phone pockets with headphone ports or internal mesh stash pockets for storing hats, gloves, scarves, or newspapers are some of the features that may be important to you. The ability for one jacket to be worn in three different ways was the most notable feature that we found. The The 3-in-1 Parka is from Patagonia The outer shell can be worn separately as a raincoat and an inner down sweater can be worn separately on dry, chilly days. They combine to make a jacket that can survive the cold

The Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka include two separate jacket...

The feature set was something we liked Canada goose expedition parka. It has a drawcord waist, a snow skirt, and a fur-trimmed hood. We liked the features on The North Face is located in Parka And Marmot Fordham. The Napoleon pocket has a headphone channel so your electronics stay dry. The McMurdo jacket has a hood lined with fur and a neck gaiter. The The parka is from the frozen range The button flap hides the front zip. This adds an element of style and helps prevent wind from penetrating the torso

Style

Personal style is what it is. Our clothing choices show our personality. This review includes parkas that could be worn to a nice restaurant and a Broadway show. Technical jackets are also used in urban settings and can let some of your outdoorsy personality show through. For example, many It’s called Patagonia The brand label is often seen in urban cafes and suburban barbecues, which are designed for technical use. Casual urban parkas don’t work the other way. They don’t have crucial elements for safe cold adventures, such as protective hoods, athletic tailoring or full waterproof

Most of the models have an extended cut. It gives them a different look than the athletic cuts that most of the time are in the jacket. The style was nice Jackson Glacier is from the Patagonia region And Arc’teryx Camosun is a sword, Both of them are stylish enough to dress up but also perform well on ice. We think that too The parka is from the frozen range It is one of the most fashion-forward jackets in this review and should be considered by anyone who considers style paramount. This jacket is not meant to perform in any event more athletic than jogging to catch a train or hustling along a crowded sidewalk

The versatile Camosun tops our style list.

We looked for something that everyone could enjoy. Many of the jackets in this review are decidedly urban and may look out of place in some small towns or rural areas. The The Nuuk is a Fjallraven It looks like it jumped off the winter runways The North Face McMurdo Also looks modern. The hood was either loved or hated by the testers The range is frozen

The hood design on the Patagonia Frozen Range gave some of our...

Both of them Arc’teryx Thorsen And The 3-in-1 is called Patagonia They have a classic urban winter look. The Tres is a high class car with large pocket flaps and a square cut. The Thorsen is a bit edgier, with a sleek, tubular cut and a long hem, suggesting a hip and young look

The Thorsen Parka features a slim, urban style. It looks good in a...

Durability

Users expect five to ten years out of their purchase of a winter jacket, and it is a major investment. The quality of materials used in the garment, the jacket’s design and construction, and how much the jacket is used all affect theDurability is impacted by the quality of materials used in the garment, the jacket’s design and construction, and how much the jacket is used. More durable materials cost more and are more expensive to produce. Metal zippers help increase a jacket’s lifespan. The jackets used to get from the office door to the subway or the ride sharing service will take a beating, compared to the jackets used to get from the office door to the ski slopes. A good warranty program helps in case anything goes wrong, and although our testers have warrantied plenty of gear over the years, we don’t put too much weight on our experiences with a given company’s warranty policy because we can’t guarantee that customer service will remain constant

The outer fabric of a jacket is one of the most important considerations. Solid, heavy-duty canvas-like exterior materials can be more resistant to abuse than a thinner shell. We looked at the closures to see if they were durable enough. We gave our highest score in this category Canada goose expedition parka. The jacket is made of durable outer material and has a large zip. Similarly, the same thing Canada goose is a bomber It is quite rugged

The waterproof/breathable shell options are included Arc’terxy Camosun And The person is named THORSEN Both have thick, durable outer fabrics that can be used for a long time. They didn’t get in trouble when loading firewood or tossing skis

Jacket colors come and go, but our rigorous testing process never...

The most durable fabrics are nylon and canvas-like shell fabrics, which are easy to slide over rough and sharp surfaces. The fabric of the shell The Nuuk is a Fjallraven Synthetic insulation does not retain its loft as long as down options. On the other side of the spectrum, there is a different spectrum Rab Neutrino Pro is a professional wrestler The thin shell fabric is packed with down that will last a long time, but it needs to be carefully cared for to not come into contact with any sharp surfaces

The thick nylon shell of the Fjallraven Nuuk easily slides over...

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